After a summer in which nurses conducted informational picketing and rejected a tentative agreement, El Camino Hospital agreed to a new three-year contract with Professional Resources for Nurses (PRN), the union representing registered nurses at the Mountain View hospital and its Los Gatos campus.
“This contract is the result of collaborative, good-faith bargaining between the parties,” said Cheryl Reinking, chief nursing officer at El Camino Hospital. “We appreciate our dedicated nurses and recognize the critical role they play in providing high-quality care.”
The new contract was announced Nov. 10. According to El Camino Hospital officials, 80 percent of voting PRN members ratified the contract at an Oct. 28 meeting. The contract gives the 1,235 nurses represented by PRN wage increases of approximately 10 percent over the next three years.
PRN was seeking wage increases that would give El Camino Hospital nurses pay equivalent to their peers on the Peninsula and in the greater Bay Area.
El Camino Hospital has earned a Magnet designation from the American Nursing Credentialing Center three times. The Magnet designation is awarded to fewer than 5 percent of all hospitals worldwide and denotes increased patient satisfaction and better health outcomes.