Boomers to Seniors
Finding Your Healthcare NICHE
For the next eighteen years, baby boomers will be turning sixty-five at a rate of about 8,000 each and every day. The number of older adults in Virginia is expected to reach 1.8 million by 2030 — that’s more than double the population in 2000.
If you’re over fifty-five years of age, you know by now that older adults have some unique healthcare needs that they didn’t even think about when they were thirty, forty, or even fifty years old. How is the healthcare community preparing to effectively meet the needs of older Americans?
Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital, in Richmond, joined over 300 hospitals across the nation to become a NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) designated facility. This program is sponsored by The Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing at New York University’s College of Nursing. NICHE provides hospitals with specialized training for nurses in order to provide exceptional care for older adults.
At St. Mary’s Hospital there are now sixty-six Geriatric Resource RNs with twenty-two who have achieved the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Gerontological Nursing Certification. In addition there are thirty interdisciplinary team members. Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital is ready to care for seniors.