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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

As members of a coalition of community members representing patients and healthcare workers committed to safeguarding equitable access to medical services for all San Jose residents, registered nurses with California Nurses Association will take part in “Lives Lost” rally on Thursday, June 13.
Registered nurses at City of Hope Medical Center in Duarte, California, voted overwhelmingly Friday, June 7 in favor of ratifying a new four-year contract, winning protections to improve patient safety and nurse retention.
RNs at Alameda Hospital in Alameda, Calif. will picket outside the hospital on June 10 to pressure hospital and county leaders to reverse dangerous cuts to patient care.
RNs deeply oppose the San Benito County Health Care District board’s vote to enter into exclusive negotiations with a private entity, ahead of the proposed sale of Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital.

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.


2024 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.

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.


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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.