Mission Hospital registered nurses will vote by secret ballot in the next 20 days or so on whether to join the National Nurses United union.
Word of the unionization effort at Mission Health follows a recent public outcry over deteriorating work conditions at the hospital, which was recently purchased by HCA Healthcare.
Mission Health has more than 700 job openings in Western North Carolina. The number on staffing need: registered nurses.
Mission must renew its recommit to its stated values.
The case studio by NPR's Daniel Zwerdling highlights how many hospitals across the country are shrugging off an epidemic of back injuries to nurses.