The California Nurses Association is one of the largest nursing unions in the country, with over 40,000 members and here is what they do for nursing.
The objectives of CNA shall include the following:
A. To establish and promote implementation of standards of nursing practice, nursing education, and nursing services, as defined by CNA.
B. To encourage members to adhere to the ethical obligations of nurses as patient advocates.
C. To promote and protect the economic and general welfare of nurses.
D. To continually review and clarify the role of the nurse in the delivery of health-care services.
E. To interpret the aims of the various educational programs and career opportunities in nursing to nurses, prospective nurses, and the public.
F. To identify the educational needs of practitioners and to work with appropriate groups to provide programs to ensure currency of practice.
G. To interpret to members of the California Nursing Students' Association, hereinafter called CNSA, the philosophy, objectives, and activities of this association and to undertake collaborative activities with CNSA to promote the purposes of the profession.
H. To initiate legislation and proposals for governmental regulations and take stands supporting or opposing those which affect the health of the people of the state, nursing, or nurses.
I. To speak for the nursing profession in relationships with professional, community, and governmental groups, and with the public.
J. To provide for representation of California nursing interests statewide, nationally and internationally and to present CNA policies and positions on issues that may have statewide, nationwide or international implications.
K. CNA recognizes the importance of a code for registered nurses that will foster high standards of nursing practice and promote quality patient care. The CNA Code for Registered Nurses reflects the principles inherent in the Florence Nightingale Pledge.
1. The nurse participates in the profession's efforts to implement and further the nurse's role of patient and consumer advocate;
2. The nurse provides services with respect for human dignity and the uniqueness of the patient unrestricted by considerations of social or economic status, nature of health problems, age, color, creed, disability, gender, lifestyle, nationality, race, religion, or sexual orientation;
3. The nurse safeguards the patients right to privacy by judiciously protecting information of a confidential nature;
4. The nurse acts to safeguard the patient and the public when health care and safety are affected by the incompetent, unethical, illegal or inappropriate practice of any person;
5. The nurse assumes responsibility and accountability for individual nursing judgements and actions;
6. The nurse maintains competence in nursing;
7. The nurse exercises informed judgement and uses individual competence and qualifications as criteria in seeking consultation, accepting responsibilities and assigning nursing activities based on the nurse's judgement;
8. The nurse participates in activities that contribute to the ongoing development of the profession's body of knowledge;
9. The nurse participates in the profession's efforts to implement and improve standards of nursing;
10. The nurse participates in the profession's efforts to establish and maintain conditions of employment conducive to high quality nursing care;
11. The nurse participates in the profession's effort to protect the public from misinformation and misrepresentation and to maintain the integrity of nursing;
12. The nurse collaborates with health care professionals, allied health care workers, health advocacy organizations, and health care consumers in protecting and promoting the advancement of human rights related to accessibility and quality of health care.