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TURLOCK, Calif. —By a 284-4 tally, registered nurses at Emanuel Medical Center in Turlock, Calif., voted on August 9 to unionize with the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, the union said.

The union will represent 400 RNs at the hospital, part of the Tenet Health Care System. Key issues in the organizing drive were improving patient care, competitive pay and other economic standards, CNA said.

“As patient advocates, we voted ‘yes’ to have a collective RN voice to enhance positive patient outcomes at our hospital,” emergency room RN Chelsey Jerner told the union. “Patient safety is our number one priority.”

Added coronary care RN Erika Petersen: “I live and work in the Turlock community and it’s important to me that we raise standards so we can recruit and retain nurses at Emanuel Medical Center. We can’t wait to start bargaining our first contract.”

Source: PAI