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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 with California Nurses Association who work at HCA’s Regional Medical Center in San Jose, Calif., will join San Jose Firefighters and Santa Clara County Fire Department to hold a rally demanding that HCA drop its plans to close HCA’s Regional Medical Center’s trauma center, to eliminate its ST-elevation Myocardial Infarction program, and to reduce stroke center services.
Registered nurses at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance in Torrance, Calif., will hold an informational picket on Thursday, June 20, to protest the administration’s refusal to address issues of patient safety and unsafe staffing.
RNs at Antelope Valley Medical Center in Lancaster, Calif., will hold an informational picket on Tuesday, June 18, to protest the administration’s refusal to address RNs’ deep concerns about patient care and chronic short staffing.
Nurses and health care professionals at Santa Paula Hospital (SPH) and Ventura County Medical Center will hold a ‘Speak Out’ on Friday, June 14 in Ventura to protest the proposed closure of the SPH intensive care unit (ICU) and birthing center by the Ventura County Healthcare Agency Administration and County Board of Supervisors.

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.

National Nurse Magazine

Software don’t care: RNs challenge A.I. and other technology, know nursing judgment is best

Palm Springs nurses fight for hospital’s future

Desert Regional Medical Center RNs sound the alarm at public forum

Hollister nurses vindicated by court ruling

Judge sides with RNs in rejecting hospital bankruptcy

UC RNs hold state public health department accountable

UC RNs from across the state rally in front of the California Department of Public Health


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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.