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California Nurses Association

Founded in 1903, the California Nurses Association today represents over 65,000 members in 165 facilities throughout California, and thousands more across the country through the National Nurses Organizing Committee, which was founded by CNA. California Nurses Association is the largest and fastest-growing organization of direct care Registered Nurses in the country and are dedicated to providing a voice for nurses and a vision for healthcare. California Nurses Association’s continuing education, mentoring and professional development programs provide members with the tools and training they need to stay at the forefront of our ever-changing profession. California Nurses Association’s advocacy for nurses and patients provides an important check to corporate domination of the healthcare debates. The CNA sponsored California’s first-in-the-nation law guaranteeing a safe ratio of RNs to patients in Emergency Rooms and hospitals and generated world wide renown for our successful fight to overturn the efforts of California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the hospital industry to suspend key portions of the law. This bill has been called one of the most significant bills in the history of nursing and will have an impact on hundreds of thousands of California patients, as well as on debates about healthcare reform across the country. CNA is also the sponsor of numerous other patient advocacy protections including whistleblower protection for nurses and other hospital employees who expose unsafe hospital conditions, laws cracking down on HMO limitations on patient care, and restrictions on inappropriate staff providing telephone medical advice. California’s Nursing Practice Act (originally sponsored by the CNA), requires nurses to independently advocate for patients, and we honor this responsibility from the bedside to the statehouse. Over the century of their existence, the California Nurses Association has helped develop many of the modern norms of the RN profession, including establishing collective bargaining for nurses; mandating 40-hour work weeks, overtime pay, and retirement and health benefits for nurses and setting floating provisions and requirements that every patient be assessed once daily by an RN. Today CNA is recognized by nurses across the nation for premier collective bargaining contracts that include a strong voice for bedside nurses that has produced innovative patient care protections, restrictions on unsafe practices, retirement security for tens of thousands of RNs in the form of secure pension plans and retiree health benefits, and compensation packages that are second to none in the nursing profession. The California Nurses Association publishes California Nurse Magazine and Revolution: The Journal for RNs and Patient Advocacy. CNA is a co-founder of the California Nurses Foundation.
Location: California Nurses Association 2000 Franklin Street, Oakland, CA 94612 USA Phone: (510) 273-2200 Fax: (510) 663-1625

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