The Committee for Recognition of Nursing Achievement (CRONA) is an independent Union at Stanford Health Care and Stanford Children’s Health. CRONA negotiates collective bargaining agreements (contracts) with the Hospitals and is responsible for administering that contract.
CRONA is an agency shop which requires all staff and relief Nurses to pay dues or service fees ($25/pay period). The cost for membership or service fee is the same but service fee members cannot vote or hold office.
Download the CRONA 2020 Bylaws.
In 1964, a group of Nurses started to form a committee to work on issues of concerns for the Nurses at Stanford Hospital, primarily economic. The committee was called Professional Performance Committee.
In 1966, as their functions are one and the same, the official title for the Professional Performance Committee was changed to Committee for Remuneration of Nursing Achievement (CRONA) to represent all Registered Nurses employed by Palo Alto-Stanford Hospital.
It was in 1966 when the American Nurses’ Association at a convention in San Francisco recommended a minimum salary for registered nurses. The recommended salary exceeded the starting salary at Stanford Hospital. The Professional Performance Committee evolved to Committee for Remuneration of Nursing Achievement (CRONA) to encompass the professional component as well as salary. Nurses from both management and staff got together to set up a structure within which they could address issues with the Hospital.
The re-titled Committee consisted of 8 members and 8 alternates elected by the general body of Nurses and representing the different nursing areas. The general body of Nurses were members including Assistant Head Nurses and Head Nurses.
In 1974, the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) was amended to include coverage and protection of employees of non-profit hospitals. CRONA was voted in as the collective bargaining agent for the Nurses at Stanford Hospital and Clinics.
In 1991, CRONA was voted in as the collective bargaining agent for the Nurses at Lucile S. Packard Children’s Hospital.
In order to continue to promote and support high levels of professional performance and patient care, CRONA Nurses went on strike in July 2, 1974. The strike lasted 9 days. CRONA Nurses also went on strike in June 2000. The strike lasted about 50 days, at the time the longest nursing strike in the history of California.
Today, CRONA continues to advocate for Nurses and ultimately, patient care, at Stanford Health Care and Stanford Children’s Health.
CRONA developed out of a belief in professional and participatory management. The founding members were committed to the nursing profession and believed that all nurses should strive for excellence in clinical practice.
Today the philosophy is still the same. We are committed to nursing excellence and believe that nurses have the right as well as the responsibility to define the nature and scope of our nursing practice. By accepting these responsibilities, we accept that we must be patient advocates. We believe that ongoing, constructive dialogue with Hospital administration and management creates a positive atmosphere and addresses patient care issues effectively.
We also agree to disagree on certain issues! It is understood that there will be philosophical differences.
The CRONA Board is composed of nine Nurses who work at Stanford Health Care and Stanford Children’s Health. Elections are held every three years and anyone who is a member in good standing can and is encouraged to run for office.
It is the responsibility of the Board to represent the Nurses by ensuring compliance with the contracts and assisting with members’ needs. In addition, the Board and elected members negotiate the contracts.
Each unit is entitled to a representative for every 20 members and fraction of thereof. These are called Area Representatives and they also are elected every three years. If units have vacancies, members can volunteer to fill the vacancy.
Other elected positions are the Negotiation Committees, the Ballot and Election Committee, the Bylaws Committee, Finance Committee, Communication Committee, and Contingency Committee.
1North Oncology/Stem Cell, LPCH
I have worked at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital since September 1994. Throughout my career I have advocated for Nurses within my own unit and the organization as a whole. Participating on the negotiating committee and teams of 2007, 2010, and 2013, taught me first-hand the importance of staying united with CRONA. I believe as the delivery of healthcare evolves, we as professional nurses need to remain strong in our drive and dedication to our patients and to our firstname.lastname@example.org
The seeds of Kathy Stormberg's union career were first planted when she worked as a nurse in the South and noted how poor working conditions were for nurses and how little say they had in their working lives. When she moved home to the Bay Area and started at Stanford Hospital in 2003, she was impressed by the amazing nurses she worked with in the Intensive Care Unit and by having a union that allowed nurses a stronger voice. She soon became an Area Representative and advocated for nurses on the unit level, first in the ICU and later in the PACU. She joined the Nurse Practice committee in 2011. In 2013 she was elected Vice President of CRONA. Kathy believes that the nursing profession is strengthened by having strong unions to advocate for the profession, and that patient care is improved when nurses have a stronger email@example.com
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1 North/Oncology Stem Cell, LPCH
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SHC Operating Rooms
Annamarie Varo first became active in union activities as an Area Representative for her unit and a member of the Negotiation Committee and Negotiation Team in 2016 and 2019, along with helping ensure contract votes and elections were efficiently and accurately run as a member of the Ballot and Elections Committee and later it Chair. She joined the Nurse Practice committee in 2017 to provide a stronger voice for procedural area nurses. In 2019, she was elected as CRONA Secretary.AVaro@crona.org
1North/Oncology/Stem Cell, LPCH
Graduated with a BSN from USF in 2001 and Masters in Nursing at SFSU in 2006. I first served as Area Representative for pediatric Oncology, Hematology and Bone Marrow Transplant Unit and member of CRONA Bylaws Committee. In November 2006 I became the CRONA treasurer. Some of my objectives are: help keep the integrity of CRONA’s financial records and practices; bring fresh ideas to the CRONA leadership; and encourage other CRONA members to participate in our email@example.com
Kimberley R. Reed
North ICU, Cardiothoracic ICU, SHC
I have worked at Stanford for over 25 years and I've seen many changes throughout the institution. Since 2004 I have been a bedside nurse in the Cardiothoracic ICU. I began my work almost immediately with Crona in 2004 as an Area Representative. Our overall goal as a union is to galvanize our membership to be strong, and empower nurses as the face of healthcare evolves. Working with CRONA and in my current position as Legislative Representative, has given me the opportunity to lobby laws that impact our practice, as well as educate myself on contract language and how that language is interpreted to protect the working conditions of our nurses. Since 2006 I have successfully help negotiate 2 contracts, and I'm currently going into my third contract negotiations. We are firstname.lastname@example.org
Pediatric Intermediate Care Nursery, LPCH
Being a native of Boston, Nancy Uschersohn first came to California in 1978 as a Respiratory Therapist. Then, as a new RN grad, she started in the NICU in 1986, eventually moving to the IICN (now the PICN). She was an Area Representative for several years before joining the Executive Board as a Nurse Advocate in email@example.com
Life Flight, SHC
"Advocate" comes from its Latin origin "to call to one's aid". As nurse advocate, it has been my honor and privilege to assist nurses and stand beside them when they need representation, assistance in counsel and interpretation of contract matters. I have been a flight nurse at Stanford Life Flight since 1990 and have been involved with CRONA as unit representative and executive board firstname.lastname@example.org
Vascular Access, LPCH
SHC, ICU E2
Bonnie Balfour was an Area Representative for E2 ICU for years before joining the Executive Board as Vice President. She stepped down from that role in 2013 and focused on representing her unit as an Area Representative and member of the Nurse Practice committee. In 2019 she was elected to the position of Nurse Advocate.BBalfour@crona.org
Associate Nurse Advocate (non-Executive Board position)
Emergency Department, SHC
Michael Weiland has many years experience in Emergency Nursing, and was elected to the CRONA Executive Board as a Nurse Advocate in 2013. In 2019 he transitioned to the Associate Nurse Advocate position to focus on advocacy for email@example.com
Associate Nurse Advocate (non-Executive Board position)
SHC Emergency Department
David was born and raised in Colorado. He obtained two bachelors in Science, one in nursing and the other in psychology. He has been working in health care the 10 years where he started as a EMT before finding his passion for nursing. He started his union career as an Area Representative for his unit, and is building on that foundation in his role as an Associate Nurse Advocate.DHernandez@crona.org
Associate Nurse Advocate (non-Executive Board position)
SHC ICU J2 Cardiovascular Intensive Care
Charon was a member of the Negotiation Committee and Negotiation Team in 2016 and 2019, and joined the Nurse Practice Committee in 2019. Her interest in advocacy for nurses and desire to build on her union experience led to her selection for the position of Associate Nurse Advocate.CBrown@crona.org
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