Hospitals increase doc staffing, alter compensation plans

Nearly three-quarters of the hospitals and health systems responding to a survey by the consulting firm SullivanCotter and Associates Inc. increased their physician staffing levels last year, adding, on average, 12 specialists and nine primary care physicians. The survey indicated the trend will continue in 2012. Another key trend: Many organizations are using more sophisticated compensation plans based not just on productivity, but also on physician performance tied to patient satisfaction and/or quality. For more information about SullivanCotter's "2011 Physician Compensation and Productivity Survey Report," go to www.sullivancotter.com.

Emergency nurses urge hospitals to get tougher on violence

More than 53 percent of emergency department nurses experienced verbal abuse and nearly 13 percent experienced physical violence in the seven days prior to participating in a survey by the Emergency Nurses Association. In nearly every incident, patients were the perpetrators. More than 7,000 ED nurses were surveyed between January 2010 and January 2011. Verbal abuse rates were lower when EDs had locked entries, an enclosed nurses' station, call code pseudonyms, security signs and well-lit areas. Physical abuse rates were lower in EDs with panic buttons. Visit www.ena.org.

Three medical professions top poll of most honest and ethical

Americans rank nurses, pharmacists and physicians as the most honest and ethical professionals, a Gallup poll finds. The poll asked respondents to rate 21 professions from very high to very low on those criteria. Nurses rated very high to high with 84 percent of those surveyed; pharmacists received a 73 percent rating at that level and doctors received a 70 percent rating. The professionals rated lowest were car salespeople, lobbyists and members of Congress. Nurses have topped the list since they were first included on it in 1999. For additional information, visit www.gallup.com.