National Nurses United

CNA/NNU 101 2016 edition

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3 A Movement for RNs What is CNA/NNU? A Strong Voice for Our Profession and Our Patients O n behalf of the elected RN-members of our Board of Directors, welcome to California Nurses Association/National Nurses United. We are proud to be at the helm of our organization in a period marked by unparalleled growth and tremen- dous change for our profession and for our patients. Both a union and professional organization for RNs, CNA has grown from 17,000 RNs in 1995 located pri- marily in Northern California to representing more than 90,000 RNs in more than 200 facilities across the state. In 2009, CNA was the motivating force to bring state nursing associations across the nation together into one, National Nurses United. Today, NNU repre- sents a total of 190,000 RNs from every state in the nation and pools the collective experiences and might of the most successful RN organizations in the United States, including the California Nurses Association, United American Nurses, and Massachusetts Nurses Association. From coast to coast, our members have won the best contracts for RNs in the nation. Thirty years ago, RNs were among the lowest-paid professionals, had no retirement, and worked every weekend. Today, through the collective action of our members, nurses at CNA/NNU facilities have safer staffing conditions, a more secure retirement, and salaries commensurate with experience. Our agreements are noted for enhancing the collective voice of RNs in patient care decisions through our Professional Practice Committees and Assignment Despite Objection documentation system. We believe that a strong professional RN union empowers us to take our patient advocacy from the bedside to the statehouse and beyond. We have repeatedly stepped outside the walls of our facilities, whether it is our 16-year fight to win and defend California's safe staffing ratios, forming the Registered Nurse Response Network (RNRN) to provide disaster relief, or sponsoring a Robin Hood tax on Wall Street. We invite RNs to join our movement and help us build an even more powerful voice for RNs and patients. Our Progra m • Improve RN workplace standards through collective bargaining to assure RNs have compensation that recognizes professional skills and a retirement that provides dignity for our families after a lifetime of caring for others. • Secure passage of state and national legislation for RN staffing ratios and other basic protections for RNs and patients, and meaningful healthcare reform based on a single standard of care for all. • Make direct-care RNs, not administrators, the voice of nursing in Washington, D.C. and state capitals and the guardians of our practice and profession. • Block hospital industry efforts to undermine RN professional practice in legislatures, regulatory agencies, boards of nursing, and at the bedside. • Assure full compliance with highest safety standards on limiting spread of pandemics and guaranteeing RN access to proper safety equipment. For more information on how you can join, email us at or call 1-800-540-3603. Please visit our website at Board of Directors

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