A majority of nurses at Centerpoint Medical Center has voted over a two-day election to decertify a nursing union.

A majority of nurses at Centerpoint Medical Center has voted over a two-day election to decertify a nursing union.

The vote, overseen by the National Labor Relations Board, was 226-78, with 24 deciding not to cast ballots. The vote was held on Thursday and Friday.

“We are very pleased with the results of the election,” said Carolyn Caldwell, chief executive officer, in a written statement released late Friday. “Our nurses finally had their voice heard and they told the union they didn’t need a third party stepping in between them and hospital management.”

Lynn Barrett, a registered nurse and chief nursing officer, said in the statement: “This vote shows the commitment our nurses have for the hospital. We are eager to put this behind us and move forward and work together to care for our patients.”

The vote ends the battle between the hospital and the union, called Nurses United for Improved Patient Care or Nurses United Local No. 5126.

In November 2007, nurses voted 167-103, with 66 not casting ballots, to join the union, according to the statement.

The union wanted a contract that called for better working conditions, namely a lower patient-to-nurse ratio.

But no contract was reached. And one year later, last November, a decertification petition was filed for an election to determine if nurses wanted to continue to be represented by the union.

The petition was submitted with signatures from nurses currently represented by the union and in excess of the necessary 30 percent minimum number of signatures required for a decertification election to be held, according to the statement.