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Finding Aid to the California Nurses Association–Golden Gate Nurses Association (CNA–GGNA) Records, 1906-1995
MSS 2000-37  
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  • Organizational History
  • Scope and Content of Collection

  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: California Nurses Association–Golden Gate Nurses Association (CNA–GGNA) records
    Date (inclusive): 1906-1995
    Collection Number: MSS 2000-37
    Creators : Golden Gate Nursing Association

    San Francisco County Nursing Association

    San Mateo County Nursing Association
    Extent: Number of containers: 29 cartons, 1 box Linear feet: 36.75
    Repository: The UCSF Library and Center for Knowledge Management, Archives and Special Collections
    University of California, San Francisco
    530 Parnassus Avenue
    San Francisco, CA 94143-0840
    Phone: (415) 476-8112
    Fax: (415) 476-4653
    Email: http://www.library.ucsf.edu/collres/archives/contactform.html
    URL: http://www.library.ucsf.edu/collres/archives/
    Abstract: Files documenting the activities of the Golden Gate Nursing Association, including the San Francisco County Nursing Association, The San Mateo County Nursing Association. The collection includes board and membership meeting minutes, sections, committees, other activities as well as the Nursing Registries run by each district. This collection documents the change from a district to regional system for local bodies of the California State Nursing Association.
    Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English
    Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog: http://www.library.ucsf.edu/ .

    Information for Researchers

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the UCSF Library and Center for Knowledge Management. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Manager of Archives and Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the UCSF Library and Center for Knowledge Management as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.
    Copyright restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], California Nurses Association–Golden Gate Nurses Association (CNA–GGNA) Records, MSS 2000-37, The UCSF Library and Center for Knowledge Management, Archives and Special Collections, University of California, San Francisco.

    Alternate Forms Available

    There are no alternate forms of this collection.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    California Nurses Association
    Golden Gate Nurses Association
    American Nurses Association
    San Francisco Nurses Association
    San Francisco County Nurses Association
    San Mateo County Nurses Association
    Nurses--California--San Francisco
    Nurses--California--San Mateo County
    Nurses--History--20th century
    Nursing--Law and legislation

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    This collection came to UCSF as part of an agreement between the California Nurses Association (CNA), the Golden Gate Nurses Association (GGNA) and the American Nurses Association in 1995.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Julia Bazar in 2006.

    Organizational History

    The California Nurses Association (CNA), originally the California State Nurses Association (CSNA), was founded in 1903 as a state chapter of the American Nurses Association (ANA). The CNA was originally organized into districts. These included District 37 - San Mateo County Nurses Association (SMCNA) and District 9 - San Francisco Nurses Association (SFNA) originally the San Francisco County Nurses Association (SFCNA). The 1970s saw a reorganization of the CNA into a regional structure. Districts 37 and 9 were combined into Region 12 - Golden Gate Nurses Association.
    Between 1903 and 1995 the SMCNA and SFNA served as the professional organizations for their respective counties. Both district associations organized and ran a Nursing Registry for their county. The registry served as a hiring hall and staffing agency, connecting both Registered Nurses (RNs) and Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNS) with both hospital and private nursing assignments.
    The registries did not serve as licensing or credentialing agencies. Formal certification of Registered Nurses was enacted by the California State Legislature in 1905. The University of California Board of Regents was the first entity to given the power "to set standards, administer exams, approve educational programs, and issue certificates." In 1913 these tasks were given to the newly created Bureau of Registration of Nurses under the state Board of Health Bureau. The name of this agency and the governmental department to which it reports has changed several times throughout the years. In 1975 it received its current name, California Board of Registered Nursing.
    In 1995, the CNA severed ties with the American Nurses Association over strategic and philosophical differences. CNA then dedicated itself to working on labor issues such as establishing collective bargaining, increasing wages, mandating 40 hour work weeks, and overtime pay.
    The American Nurses Association (ANA) also remains represented in California through the American Nurses Association California (ANA\C), which sees its mission as "optimiz[ing] nursing contribution to health and wellbeing of individuals, families, and communities ... [through] promot[ing] professional development, conduct and use research, influenc[ing] public policy, and enhanc[ing] professional practice environments. The ANA functions as a professional organization and approximately half of their state and territorial constituent associations also serve as collective bargaining units.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This collection documents the structure, activities and purpose of two districts of the California Nurses Association (CNA), formerly the California State Nursing Association (CSNA), including the transformation from district to regional organization. It includes records from District #9, the San Francisco County Nursing Association (SFCNA), later called the San Francisco Nursing Association (SFNA), and District #37, the San Mateo County Nursing Association (SMCNA), as well as records form the combined Region #12: The Golden Gate Nursing Association (GGNA).
    These files document the activities of each of the entities, including board and membership meeting minutes, sections, committees, other activities and also the Nursing Registries run by each district. Documents concerning the reorganization of the CNA can be found under all three sub-organization series.
    The collection is organized into the following series and subseries: Series 1: San Mateo County Nurses Association; Series 2: San Francisco County Nurses Association (Subseries 2.1: Association Files; Subseries 2.2: Registry Files); Series 3: Golden Gate Nurses Association (Subseries 3.1: Chronological Files, Subseries 3.2: Miscellaneous GGNA Files; Subseries 3.3: Nurses Official Registry Inc.; Subseries 3.4: SFNA/GGNA Subject/Background Files); and Series 4: Regional/Divisional/State and National Publications.