California Nurses Association

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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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St. Rose Hospital nurses ratify new contract with strong measures to improve patient safety and nurse retention

Registered nurses at St. Rose Hospital in Hayward, Calif. voted overwhelmingly in favor of ratifying a new 4-year contract. Highlights of the contract include workplace violence prevention improvements, wage increases, and improved health care benefits.

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Protecting and Retaining California’s Nursing Workforce

There is no shortage of registered nurses in California; rather there is a shortage of nurses willing to work in unsafe environments. Learn more by reading our new white paper.

Press releases

Registered nurses at UCSD Health Jacobs Medical Center in La Jolla, Calif., will hold a rally on Wednesday, Sept. 27 to demand an end to UC management’s unsafe practice of placing emergency room patients in hallways and areas that are not properly equipped or staffed. At times, there are as many as 75 patients who do not have a bed.
RNs at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center (UCSF) will hold a public rally on Tuesday, Sept. 26 to demand that UCSF address critical and persistent patient care and workplace safety issues.
Registered nurses at Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital in Hollister, Calif., will hold a town hall on Thursday, Sept. 21, to discuss the future of San Benito County’s only acute-care hospital following the approval of a $10 million state loan and a bid from a private potential buyer, American Advanced Management Group.
Registered nurses at Dameron Hospital in Stockton, Calif., voted 97.6 percent in favor of ratifying a new two-year contract on Sept. 15, winning protections to improve patient safety and nurse retention.

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.

National Nurse Magazine

By the Numbers: New York City nurses win unprecedented contract enforcement of safe staffing standards

Concord behavioral health RNs strike for first time

Registered nurses at John Muir Behavioral Health Center in Concord, Calif. are seeking a fair first contract.

RNs commemorate Nurses Week in Capitol Hill lobbying blitz

Hundreds of RNs from across the country paid online lobbying visits in Washington, D.C. urging their legislators to confront the staffing crisis in hospitals across the country.

The Heat is On

Temperatures are rising up across the country — and so are U.S. union nurses.


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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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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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