Mattia Gilmartin


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Mattia Jean Gilmartin


Executive Director, NICHE

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Mattia Jean Gilmartin's additional information

Mattia (Tia) Gilmartin is the executive director of NICHE and a senior research scientist at NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing. She also serves as the director of the Center for Continuing Nursing Education, where she oversees the College’s portfolio of continuing education programs for practicing nurses. She is a leader dedicated to improving healthcare services. She brings 20 years of firsthand experience with organizational and management forces that drive performance improvement. Her background as a clinician, researcher, and teacher makes her particularly skilled in analyzing complex problems and translating theory into practice. She favors entrepreneurial approaches and thrives in complex environments that require creative and flexible solutions. 

Gilmartin emerged as a thought leader in the areas of organizational change and health system effectiveness. She has a broad background that spans both nursing and management, with expertise in the areas of strategic management, economics, quality improvement, chronic disease management, and organizational design and change. She has published widely for both academic and practitioner audiences. Her ability to bridge the worlds of research and practice has enabled her to design and teach leadership and organizational development programs for nursing and general management audiences.

Prior to joining NYU Meyers in 2011, Gilmartin managed an interdisciplinary research group at INSEAD, a leading international business school in France. She also implemented a three-semester specialty track for the master’s degree program in clinical nurse leadership at the Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing.

Among her many honors, Gilmartin received the Raven Award in 2000 for her outstanding achievement and service to the University of Virginia. She is the chair-elect for the Academy of Management, Health Care Management Division, and a fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine and the National Academies of Practice.

Gilmartin holds a PhD degree from the University of Virginia, a Master's of Business in administration from the University of San Francisco, and a bachelor's and master's degree in nursing. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Cambridge Judge Business School in organizational improvement and comparative health systems.

Post-Doctoral Fellowship - Cambridge Judge Business School
PhD - University of Virginia
MS, Nursing & MBA - University of San Francisco
BS - University of San Francisco

Nursing workforce

Academy of Management
American Nurses' Association
Clinical Nurse Leaders Association
Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society

Faculty Honors Awards

Raven Award, University of Virginia (2000)
Fellow and Distinguished Practitioner, National Academies of Practice
Fellow, New York Academy of Medicine


An evidence-based change management model to guide NICHE implementation efforts

Gilmartin, M. J. (2023). Geriatric Nursing, 49, 212-215. 10.1016/j.gerinurse.2022.12.004
Changing practice is complex and multifaceted. I discuss an evidence-based change management model that can be applied to guide clinical practice improvement projects. I use NICHE as a case example. The overall success of any change initiatives relies on creating and following an action plan to address the “what of change” and the “how of change”. The “what of change” focuses on developing tailored interventions aligned with each nursing unit or service line strengths and opportunities to improve nursing care for older adults by implementing the four components of the NICHE practice model. The “how of change” focuses on the activities to prepare the environment to implement the NICHE practice model. Activities to manage the change process include how to effectively communicate a vision for change; mobilize managers, clinical leaders, and front-line staff to support the change in nursing practice; and tracking progress towards meeting clinical improvement goals over time.

Leading NICHE implementation efforts: Strategies for clinical leaders. An interview with Dr. Karen Mack, Director of Programs, NICHE National Program Office

Mack, K. M., & Gilmartin, M. J. (2023). Geriatric Nursing, 50, 262-265. 10.1016/j.gerinurse.2023.02.003

Adapting the Geriatric Institutional Assessment Profile for different countries and languages: A multi-language translation and content validation study

Zisberg, A., Lickiewicz, J., Rogozinski, A., Hahn, S., Mabire, C., Gentizon, J., Malinowska-Lipień, I., Bilgin, H., Tulek, Z., Pedersen, M. M., Andersen, O., Mayer, H., Schönfelder, B., Gillis, K., Gilmartin, M. J., & Squires, A. (2022). International Journal of Nursing Studies, 134. 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2022.104283
Background: Hospitalization can be hazardous for older people, but most hospitals in Europe are not prepared to meet the unique needs of older adult inpatients. Adaptations of the physical environment, care processes, and staff knowledge and skills in geriatric care are essential to improve the quality of care for older people. An assessment of baseline organizational approaches to older adult care is an important first step toward recognizing the challenges organizations face when delivering acute care services to older adults and attempting to improve them. The Geriatric Institutional Assessment Profile could be a promising tool for this endeavor. Objectives: To describe a systematic process implemented across seven countries and languages that sought to develop valid and culturally-appropriate translations of the Geriatric Institutional Assessment Profile. Design: Cross-cultural instrument translation and content validation study. Setting and participants: Expert review panels comprised of 68 practicing nurses from seven European or EU associated countries (Austria (German), Belgium (Dutch), Denmark (Danish), Israel (Hebrew), Poland (Polish), Switzerland (German, French), and Turkey (Turkish)) evaluated cross-cultural relevance, including translation, of the Geriatric Institutional Assessment Profile. Method: A systematic approach to translating and validating a cross-cultural survey instrument, including back-to-back translation, adaptation, and evaluation of content validity using content validity indexing (CVI) techniques for each country and language, assessing translation and relevance content validity separately. The item, subscale and domain content validity index scores were calculated and adjusted for chance agreement among raters for all parts of the Geriatric Institutional Assessment Profile: the four subscales of geriatric care environment, the general knowledge about older adults subscale, and the clinical geriatric knowledge subscale. Consensus discussions among the raters then finalized translations. Results: CVI scores for relevance and translation were all in the “good” to “excellent” range. The geriatric care environment scale's CVI scores were 0.84 to 0.94 for relevance and 0.82 to 0.98 for translation. The clinical geriatric knowledge subscale's CVI scores were 0.83 to 0.97 for relevance and 0.94 to 0.98 for translation. The general knowledge about older adults subscale received high translation agreement (0.93 to 0.99) but slightly lower scores for relevance, ranging from 0.46 to 0.94. Conclusion: Study results provided preliminary evidence of the applicability and validity of a multi-factor measure of age-friendly care in diverse health care systems, in German, Dutch, Danish, Hebrew, Polish, French, and Turkish languages.

From the Editor: Nursing Challenges and Solutions

Gilmartin, M. J. (2022). Quality Management in Health Care, 31(3), 111-113. 10.1097/QMH.0000000000000386

Take the next step in your leadership journey: A guide to geriatric nursing career awards and professional development opportunities

Gilmartin, M. J., & Pettis, J. L. (2022). Geriatric Nursing, 43, 314-317. 10.1016/j.gerinurse.2021.11.024

NICHE members choosing wisely® to ensure high-value care

Rand, K., Pettis, J., & Gilmartin, M. J. (2021). Geriatric Nursing, 42(1), 253-255. 10.1016/j.gerinurse.2020.12.004

Nurses as caregivers, leaders, and champions for equity: A recap of the 2021 NICHE virtual conference

Pettis, J. L., & Gilmartin, M. J. (2021). Geriatric Nursing, 42(4), 959-960. 10.1016/j.gerinurse.2021.06.013

The role of geriatric nurse champions to advance surgical excellence for older adults

Ranieri, G., Gilmartin, M. J., & Pettis, J. L. (2021). Geriatric Nursing, 42(5), 1204-1209. 10.1016/j.gerinurse.2021.08.003

Thinking like a geriatric nurse: Integrating the 4Ms and the SPICES model to support age-friendly nursing care for older adults

Gilmartin, M. J. (2020). Geriatric Nursing, 41(5), 662-664. 10.1016/j.gerinurse.2020.08.014

Factors Predicting Adoption of the Nurses Improving Care of Healthsystem Elders Program

Stimpfel, A. W., & Gilmartin, M. J. (2019). Nursing Research, 68(1), 13-21. 10.1097/NNR.0000000000000327
Background Registered nurses are often underprepared with the knowledge and skills to care for hospitalized older adult patients. One strategy to bridge this gap is for hospitals to adopt the Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE) program: A nurse-led interdisciplinary organizational intervention to improve care of hospitalized older adults. Objectives This study aimed to identify the market, organizational and managerial, and sociotechnical factors associated with the adoption of NICHE among U.S. hospitals in order to understand factors that promote and inhibit the adoption of models to improve care for elders and to provide a basis for future studies that evaluate the effects of NICHE participation on patient outcomes. Methods We used an observational, retrospective design, linking three national administrative data sources, in a secondary analysis. Data included the 2012-2013 American Hospital Association Annual Survey, NICHE database, and the American Nurses Credentialing Center Magnet database. Multivariate logistic regression models were completed at the hospital level (n = 3,506). Results Statistically significant variables associated with hospital adoption of the NICHE program include using a medical home model, being in a network, having a pain services program, being in an urban location, and having over 100 beds. Discussion Understanding factors that promote the adoption of organizational interventions like NICHE holds promise for accelerating the use of evidence-based clinical practices to promote health, function, and well-being for older hospitalized adults. Our results provide a foundation for assessing the effects of NICHE participation on patient outcomes by identifying factors that account for membership in NICHE.