Useful Links

Below are a list of links on a variety of subjects that we thought might be of interest. Do you know of something that might be useful for other members? Email us and we’ll add it.

  • If, on any occasion, your boss or supervisor calls you into a meeting and you believe that this meeting might reasonably result in discipline against you, you have the right to be accompanied in that meeting by a union steward or representative of your union. Learn more about your Weingarten Rights.
  • Title 22 California Code of Regulations Division 5 is the place to go for regulations governing nurse-to-patient ratios, licensing and certification of health facilities, home health agencies, clinics, and referral agencies, among a host of others.
  • The Nursing Practice Act (NPA) is the body of California law that mandates the Board of Registered Nursing to set out the scope of practice and responsibilities for RNs.
  • As Registered Nurses, it is our responsibility to protect our patients and our licenses by following Title 22 regulations. However, many hospitals routines try to cut expenses by decreasing staff and not following State-mandated nurse-to-patient ratios during breaks and lunches. The Department of Health Services (DHS) enforces nurse-to-patient ratios and many other requirements. All RNs are encouraged to fill out a Patient Safety Reporting form or an Assignment Despite Objection form every time you witness a violence. Click here to read more.
  • Know your rights under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the California Family Rights Act (CFRA).
  • The California Board of Registered Nursing “regulates the practice of registered nursing and certified advanced practice nurses in order to protect the public. The Board exists to protect the health and safety of consumers and promote quality registered nursing care in California.”
  • More than 35,000 Registered Nurses from both public and private sector health systems are part of  SEIU Nurse Alliance of California, an organization of advocates who are united to improve healthcare and the profession of nursing in California: through education, empowerment, and action.
  • The Nurse Alliance of SEIU Healthcare advances and strengthens the voice of nurses on the local and national levels; trains and empowers nurse leaders in policy-making and politics; and promotes quality, affordable and accessible healthcare that enhances positive health outcomes using evidence-based best practices.
  • The mission of the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) is to provide Californians with access to affordable, high-quality health care, including medical, dental, mental health, substance use disorder services, and long-term services and supports.
  • The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is responsible for public health in the State. It is a subdivision of the California Health & Human Services Agency.
  • Find elected officials, including the president, members of Congress, governors, state legislators, local officials, and more.
  • Our International Union, SEIU, is one of four unions affiliated with Change to Win.
  • The SEIU UHW-West & Joint Employer Education Fund provides career counseling, training, and financial assistance to healthcare employees in California, Colorado, Oregon, Nevada, and Washington.
  • California Department of Industrial Relations’ Order No. 5-2001 regulating wages, hours, and working conditions in the public housekeeping industry (which includes hospitals).
  • Developed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the Magnet Recognition Program® “recognizes healthcare organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice. Consumers rely on Magnet designation as the ultimate credential for high quality nursing.”
  • Union Plus provides union members and their families with valuable consumer benefits, offering valuable, discounted products and services exclusively to working families.

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