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Nurses look forward after year of achievements – new year begins with national day of action for safe staffing

Following a year of major contract gains across the country, nurses are pledging to step up actions to demand the hospital industry end their profession’s staffing crisis by providing safe numbers of nurses to care for patients.

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Quad-demic: RSV, Influenza, Covid-19, and Crisis Standards of Care

Rates of influenza, RSV, and Covid-19 are climbing across the U.S. The hospital industry’s embrace of crisis standards of care, including the closure of pediatric beds, has set the stage for the respiratory viral surge to be another crisis. Learn more about what nurses and other health care workers need to know.

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Alta Bates Summit nurses hold strike in Oakland and Berkeley

RNs at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center held a strike from Dec. 24 to Jan. 2 to protest the administration’s refusal to address RNs’ deep concerns about working conditions, continuing education, and benefits.

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Registered nurses at St. Rose Hospital in Hayward, Calif. will hold an informational picket on Friday, Feb. 3 to protest chronic short staffing at the facility and to voice their deep concerns about staff retention.
Following a year of major contract gains across the country, nurses are pledging to step up actions to demand the hospital industry end their profession’s staffing crisis by providing safe numbers of nurses to care for patients.
Thousands of registered nurse members of California Nurses Association will hold actions on Thursday, Jan. 26, to demand that, instead of scheming to evade and undermine the state’s nearly 20-year-old safe staffing law, the hospital industry immediately provides appropriate numbers of nurses so that RNs can protect their patients, their profession, and their communities.
Registered nurses at the John Muir Behavioral Health Center in Concord, Calif., will hold an informational picket on to raise awareness of chronic understaffing and high turnover rates at the hospital.

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Tripledemic: RSV, Influenza, and Covid-19

Rates of respiratory viral illnesses, including respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), influenza, and Covid-19, are climbing across the United States. Many hospitals, including pediatric hospitals, are full. Read our fact sheet to learn more.

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Q&A » Bivalent Covid Boosters

Bivalent Covid vaccines, or bivalent boosters, contain two different components for the immune system to respond to. Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna’s mRNA bivalent Covid-19 vaccines contain the mRNA for the spike protein for two different strains of the virus.

Long Covid: A Public Health and Occupational Emergency

As more individuals are continually exposed to and infected by SARS-CoV-2, reports of long-term health consequences have also increased. This CE class will discuss the latest scientific updates about long Covid and the implications of these scientific updates for nurses, their patients, and advocacy for safe patient care.

Victory for public sector nurses and caregivers: Governor Newsom signs into law SB 1334

The bill, sponsored by CNA/CHEU, will ensure that public-sector employees who provide direct or support direct patient care will be covered by the California Labor Code, guaranteeing meal breaks and rest periods.


Seton Nurses Strike!

Nurses at AHMC Seton Medical Center in Daly City held a two-day strike on June 22 and 23 in response to the AHMC’s failure to address critical and persistent patient care issues, chronic supply problems, the shuttering of vital services, and the failure of management to consistently attend scheduled bargaining sessions.

Los Angeles Medical Center nurses go on strike for patient safety!

Nurses at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center in Los Angeles (LAMC) went on strike on June 23. The nurses say they are compelled to strike in response to Kaiser’s refusal to address their deep concerns about patient care and safe staffing.

National Nurse Magazine

New York State Nurses Association joins forces with National Nurses United

With new master contract, Kaiser nurses set highest standards for the nation

21,000 RNs and NPs in Northern California, 1,000 RNs in Los Angeles avert strike

Sutter RNs hold two strikes

Nurses in Berkeley and Oakland demand safe working conditions

Caught in a TRAP

Hospitals are increasingly forcing new RNs to sign exploitative training repayment contracts to get hired. NNU is fighting back, on behalf of nurses, patients, and the profession.


Nurses inside hosptial hold signs "Safe Staffing Saves Lives"

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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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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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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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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