The California Nurses Foundation (CNF) was founded in 1971 by the California Nurses Association and is dedicated to charitable, scientific, and educational purposes.
advance education and science for registered nurses, other health workers, and members of the public through distribution of funds for programs to increase public and professional knowledge of nursing.
provide an organization for individuals and groups dedicated to the support of professional nursing.
provide a mechanism to solicit, receive and make donations, financial and other, to the profession of nursing.
support and assist the profession of nursing in maintaining and improving the quality of its service to the public.
encourage recruitment of qualified persons into the nursing profession and aid support development of continuing educational programs for registered nurses.
establish and provide the means for publication of books, pamphlets, brochures, monographs, articles and other printed or audiovisual materials to assist nurses, patients, and others to render or obtain better nursing care.
The work of the CNF is supported by the following values:
Nurses have a unique role and competency in all leadership issues related to patient care. The nurse maintains competency in nursing and assumes accountability for individual nursing judgments and actions.
Nurses have a legal and moral responsibility to patient advocacy. In the words of the Florence Nightingale pledge, " I will devote myself to the welfare of those committed to my care".
The nurse acts to safeguard the patient and the public when healthcare and safety are affectd by the incompetent, unethical, illegal, or inappropriate practice of any person.
Registered nurses are supported in their advancement and development regardless of their academic preparation.
Nurse leadership and/or participation are essential in any program or project that impacts nurses' practice, work environment, or conditions of employment.
As a professional, nurses have a responsibility and right to develop nursing standards and maintain them at their highest level.
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.
The nurse participates in the profession's effort to protect the public from misinformation and misrepresentation and to maintain the integrity of nursing.
Nurses value collaboration between nursing, other health professionals and workers, and the public in protecting and promoting human rights related to accessibility and quality of healthcare.