To each his or her own.
Advantages of membership include being able to vote on issues and to vote for the leaders of the organization. All members may attend Board of Director meetings and participate in discussions.
Scholarships are available to members.
CNA got the first ever safe staffing legislation, whistleblower protection for acute care staff, the Nurse Title law (only an RN or LVN may use the title "NURSE"). If you are curious or want information to help make a choice here are some links:
Professional Association and RN Union
CNA is an independent nurses organization with a proud history. It is governed by a 30-member elected Board of Directors, all of whom are direct care Registered Nurses. CNA represents 57,000 RNs in 164 facilities across California.
Nursing Practice provides continuing education programs, and monitors professional practice issues and trends affecting bedside RNs. The department provides training and is a resource to the CNA contract mandated Professional Practice Committees (PPC) in each facility to ensure that nursing practice laws and regulations are observed.
Government Relations oversees legislative issues affecting RN licensure, practice, staffing, etc. There are legislative specialists and RN lobbyists in Sacramento.
Collective bargaining provides the legal authority and power to engage in patient advocacy actions on a collective basis with a unified RN voice. CNA labor representatives assist nurses working under CNA collective bargaining contracts, working closely with the Nurse Representatives and CNA committees in the facility on contract negotiations and compliance.
Since 2001, over 12,300 RNs at 36 hospitals successfully organized with CNA. CNA membership has doubled in seven years.
Record numbers of RNs are organizing due to the lowering of patient care standards and not having a voice in decisions affecting their practice and their patients. The more RNs are represented by CNA, the more effectively we can fight to improve patient care standards.