About CRONA

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 ($20/pay period). The cost for membership or service fee is the same but service fee members cannot vote or hold office.

Download the CRONA 2016 Bylaws.

 

History

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, 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.

 

Philosophy

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.


Board Members

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.



Colleen Borges

President
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 colleagues.

cborges@crona.org

Kathy Stormberg

Executive Vice President
PACU, SHC

Kathy Stormberg grew up in San Jose, then left to complete her nursing education at the University of Wyoming. After earning her BSN she entered the Army. During her six years in the Army Nurse Corps she was stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where she worked on a Male Medical/Surgical Unit, Post Anesthesia Care Unit, and Labor and Delivery. She was also stationed at an Army hospital in Seoul, South Korea, where she was Head Nurse of the Women Infant Care Unit (combined Labor and Delivery, Newborn Nursery, Antepartum, Mother/Baby, and GYN surgery). While in North Carolina she also worked at the local county hospital on a Nephrology unit. Her career at Stanford started in 2003 in E2 ICU. She transferred to Post Anesthesia Care Unit in 2007 and currently works in Surgery Admission Unit. She was an Area Representative while on E2 and also in PACU before being elected to Executive Vice President of CRONA in 2013. Her enthusiasm for CRONA and unionization of the nursing profession was strongly influenced by her experiences working as a nurse in the Army and at a non-union hospital in the South. She believes that nurses must be strong advocates for both their patients and themselves, and our strength is in our unity.

kstormberg@crona.org

Eileen Grove

LPCH Vice President
1 North/Oncology Stem Cell, LPCH

egrove@crona.org

Barbara Baker

Secretary
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, LPCH

For over thirty years I have been active in promoting nursing excellence both at Stanford Hospital, where I was first hired, and now at LPCH where I currently work in the Neonatal ICU. Over the years I have seen and experienced many changes at both hospitals as I worked in the early years of my employment on many different nursing units. I was honored to be elected time and again as a CRONA area representative. I now serve as a CRONA Board member as CRONA secretary.

bbaker@crona.org

Jolivette Enriquez

Treasurer
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 organization.

jenriquez@crona.org

Kimberley R. Reed

Legislative Representative
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 united!

kreed@crona.org

Nancy Uschersohn

Nurse Advocate
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 has been a unit Rep for the past 7 years.

nuschersohn@crona.org

Geralyn Martinez

Nurse Advocate
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 member.

gmartinez@crona.org

Michael Weiland

Nurse Advocate
Emergency Department, SHC

mweiland@crona.org