MODESTO, Calif. (KTXL) — Nurses at nine Tenet health care facilities in California are picketing Wednesday over staffing issues.

The nurses say they do not have enough staff to take care of patients.

Members of the California Nurses Association said the staffing problems at some hospitals amount to “chronic” understaffing and have led to a high turnover rate.

The union also said the hospitals failed to prepare for the pandemic and prioritized profits instead of taking care of patients.

In a statement, Tenet acknowledged that there have been issues with staffing but said the company is trying to fix it.

The labor union that represents our Registered Nurses, the California Nurses Association (CNA), is holding union activities today outside Doctors Medical Center.

Our hospital stall is fully operational and our staff’s focus, as always, is on providing exceptional quality pateint.

While we value all of our nurses who are represented by the CNA, we are dissapointed that the union is taking this action. We are currently negotiating with the union, bargaining in good faith to reach an agreement.

Like many hospitals across the country, we have been facing staffing challenges exacerbated by the pandemic, and we remain committed to doing everything possible to stay well-staffed. To support out care teams, we have been exercising all options available to us. We are working with out staffing agency to bring traveler nurses onboard and we are continuously working to recruit additoinal nurses.

Tenet Health