Who's Happy With Pay, Who's Not

Hospital staff in the medical-surgical and human resources departments are most satisfied with their pay, while those in labor and delivery and the neonatal intensive care unit are the least satisfied, according to a study by HR Solutions Inc. The study examined hospital employees' perceptions of pay across 40 departments. Employees were asked if they believed they are paid fairly for their work, if their pay reflects the effort they put into their work and if there is fairness in pay between new and experienced employees performing the same job. Visit www.hrsolutionsinc.com.

Back Pain Begone

Fifty nurses at The Ohio State University Medical Center are enrolled in a pilot study that aims to reduce injury, decrease time away from work and minimize costs associated with the treatment of lower back pain. A team of engineering, ergonomics and athletic training experts from Ohio State's Center for Personalized Health Care hope to develop a more predictive model for lower back disorders and personalized approaches to prevent injury. Researchers say lower back pain results in more than 100 million lost work days a year, and that nurses are among the most at-risk.

AHA Seeks Applicants for Health Care Transformation Fellowship

The American Hospital Association will accept through Dec. 31 applicants for the second class of its Health Care System Transformation Fellowship. The six-month interactive program helps participants design and plan for new care delivery and payment models, such as medical homes, bundled payment and clinical integration programs through in-person learning retreats and Web seminars. Visit http://www.hpoe.org/HealthCareTransformationFellowship/HealthCareTransformationFellowship.shtml.

$9 million to Boost Wellness at Small Employers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention awarded a $9 million contract to Viridian Health Management to help 70-100 small, mid-size and large employers across the country develop or expand their workplace health programs. Funded by the Affordable Care Act, the project will help companies educate workers about good health practices and create work environments to promote physical activity, proper nutrition and smoking cessation.

Lessons in Dignity

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement's Open School for Health Professionals has launched an online course to teach nurses, physicians and pharmacists the importance of treating patients and their families with dignity and respect. The five lessons include an introduction to patient- and family-centered care, privacy and confidentiality, culture and belief systems and creating a restful and healing environment. Visit www.ihi.org.

Intensivists in the ICU

ICUs staffed with intensivists (also known as critical care physicians) can reduce mortality by 40 percent, according to the Leapfrog Group for Patient Safety. Intensivists are most prevalent at hospitals with 300 beds or more, according to data from the AHA, Trustee magazine reported in October. But since 2007, hospitals with 100 to 199 beds showed the most growth in using intensivists. Intensivists have a variety of employment models; those providing care in general ICUs are more likely to be a hospital or independent provider group employee. For information, contact the AHA Resource Center at rc@aha.org.