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About CNA

Founded in 1903, the California Nurses Association is a premiere organization of registered nurses and one of the nation’s fastest growing labor and professional organizations in the U.S. with more than 100,000 members in more than 200 facilities throughout California.

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CNA 101

Your guide to joining the RN movement. Learn more about our program, our history, and how we are organized.



The Caregivers and Healthcare Employees Union is an independent union formed in 2001 by hospital employees to win strong union representation, better benefits, and improved conditions for employees and patients. It is an affiliate of CNA.

Press releases

Registered nurses at Oroville Hospital in Oroville, California, voted overwhelmingly in favor of ratifying a new three-year contract, winning protections to improve staffing, patient safety, and RN staff retention.
Registered nurses at Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital in Hollister, Calif. will hold a rally to call on management to focus on patient care and restore eliminated medical services and staffing, instead of directing taxpayer money toward an appeal following their failed bankruptcy case.
RNs at Dignity Health Community Hospital in San Bernardino, Calif., will hold an informational picket on Thursday, March 28, to protest the administration’s refusal to address their deep concerns about unsafe staffing.
Registered nurses at HCA’s Regional Medical Center in San Jose, Calif., will hold a rally to demand that HCA maintain life-saving trauma, stroke, and heart attack services at the facility. HCA, the Nashville-based health care giant, announced earlier this year it intended to close the services in August.

Organize with the California Nurses Association to improve workplace standards through collective bargaining, reform national health care legislation, and make a difference for you and your patients.


Safe Staffing Ratios Protect Patient and Nurses

Safe RN ratios have been proven to improve the quality of care and nurse recruitment and retention in California hospitals, yet understaffing is a major issue RNs struggle with every day. Together, we can change that.

2023 California Nurses Association lobby day

Hundreds of registered nurses rallied and marched in Sacramento, Calif. before meeting with legislators about nurses’ key issues and priority legislation.

National Nurse Magazine

Advocacy in Action: NNU nurses educate, agitate, organize, and win

Hazel Hawkins’ nurses fight to keep hospital open

RNs presented the San Benito County Health Care District a community petition with more than 1,500 signatories supporting their ongoing fight to keep their hospital open.

Unconventional Times

CNA/NNOC celebrated 120 years of advocacy and laid groundwork for decades more.

U.S. Senate holds first-ever hearing on ratios

NNU and NYSNA n President Nancy Hagans, RN, testified in October at a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing in support of federal legislation supporting mandatory minimum nurse-to-patient ratios.


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California Safe Staffing Ratios

A.B. 394, the CNA-sponsored safe staffing law, has multiple provisions designed to remedy unsafe staffing in acute-care facilities. California’s safe staffing standards are based on individual patient acuity, of which the RN ratios is the minimum.

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The California Nurses Association is proud to sponsor Assembly Bill 1400, the California Guaranteed Health Care for All Act (CalCare), which would guarantee comprehensive, high-quality health care to all California residents as a human right.

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Supported California Legislation

CNA is committed to building a broad movement for transformative social change and confronting the powerful interests that dominate our economic and political system. Learn more about our supported and sponsored California legislation.