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CE Class: What Registered Nurses Need to Know in California

This two-part, in-person CE class provides a nursing practice regulatory review to guide your practice and examines the effects of technology-driven patient care on professional RN practice and safe staffing standards.

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CE class: The “Forces of Magnetism”: Their Impact on RN Autonomy, Independent Judgment, and Advocacy

This CE course examines how the models of care, nursing leadership and management style promoted by magnet status designation schemes negatively impact the registered nurse’s ability to exercise independent professional judgment and advocate in the exclusive interest of the patient.

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CNA/NNOC statement on the crisis in the Middle East

As nurses, our patients trust us to help and heal them when they sustain harm due to the conditions in their everyday lives. To honor that sacred trust, it is our duty to speak up for every human being’s right to a life free from violence and the traumas of war.

Press releases

On February 27, nurses from University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Health Mission Bay will hold a rally to shed light on worsening conditions inside the medical center that the university has continuously refused to address.
RNs at City of Hope National Medical Center, in Duarte, Calif. will hold a candlelight vigil on Friday, Feb. 23 to highlight patient safety concerns, including short staffing and the inability to take meal- and rest-period breaks daily, that they wish to resolve by winning a fair contract with strong, safe patient care provisions.
Registered nurses at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital in Marina del Rey, Calif., voted in favor of ratifying a new four-year contract on Feb. 16, 2024, winning protections to improve patient safety and nurse retention.
Registered nurses at Oroville Hospital in Oroville, California, will hold an informational picket on Thursday, February 15, to protest chronic short-staffing conditions that jeopardize patient care and lead to high turnover and the loss of experienced nurses.

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.


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.

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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.

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About CNA

Founded in 1903, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee/AFL-CIO 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 hospitals, clinics, and home health agencies in all 50 states.



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.

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