SANFORD – Nurses at a major Seminole County hospital voted by 68 percent yesterday to join a national union. It’s the second union vote in a week for nurses in Central Florida.
Three hundred registered nurses at Central Florida Regional Hospital in Sanford are now part of the National Nurses Organizing Committee of Florida. It’s an affiliate of National Nurses United, which calls itself the country’s biggest professional association of registered nurses.
Nurse Karyn Hayduk says the union will help advocate for improved benefits and compensation and safe patient-to-nurse ratios. [audio:http://eunalhee.com/wp-content/uploads/Hayduk1.mp3|titles=Hayduk]
Last week, 550 nurses at Osceola Regional Medical Center in Kissimmee decided to also join the union. Nurses at three more Florida hospitals are scheduled to take union votes in the coming weeks. [HealthyState.org | FPR Spot]