Nurses CalCare Speakers Bureau Training

This will be a 6-hour in-person training compromised of one 3-hour CE course and one 3-hour workshop. Participants will receive 3 hours of continuing education credits.

  • CE course: Patients Over Profits: How Single-Payer Health Care Paves the Way for Health Justice in CA
  • Workshop: Speak Out for CalCare Workshop

Dates, times, and locations:

  • Thursday, October 26th
    9am to 4pm
    CNA Glendale Office
    400 N Brand Blvd # 400
    Glendale, CA 91203
  • Monday, October 30th
    9am to 4pm
    CNA Oakland HQ
    155 Grand Ave
    Oakland, CA 94612
  • Wednesday, November 1st
    9am to 4pm
    CNA Sacramento Office
    980 9th Street, Suite 700
    Sacramento, CA 95814

Patients Over Profits: How Single-Payer Health Care Paves the Way for Health Justice in CA

Course description:

It’s no secret that health care in the United States is expensive and hard to get. Over one hundred million patients struggle to pay for care, while nurses across the country work in unsafe conditions and are prevented from providing the highest quality care by an industry that favors profits over patients. Yet union nurses know that a better health care system is possible. For years, union nurses have advocated for a single-payer system that guarantees care for all regardless of ability to pay. Despite fierce industry opposition, a movement is growing for health care justice.

This CE class will prepare nurses with the knowledge and analysis necessary to lead the movement for health care justice. We will examine how the United States health care system came to be the way it is, what changes a single-payer system would make to how we provide care, and the opportunities such a system would create for advancing social justice and equity. Participants are encouraged to also enroll in the Speak Out for CalCare Workshop as a practical, skills-based supplement to the CE.

Speak Out for CalCare Workshop

Workshop description:

Union nurses know best that Californians need a more equitable and accessible health care system NOW! Join this interactive 3-hour workshop to become a leading voice in the fight for CalCare – the legislation that would guarantee free, comprehensive, high-quality health care to all California residents as a human right through a single-payer system. In the workshop, we will discuss nurses’ multi-pronged plan to win CalCare, learn the truth behind common misconceptions about single-payer health care, and make a plan to share this important information with communities across the state. You will hone your skills as a speaker and advocate for CalCare through practice and groupwork. You will leave this workshop prepared to be a leading voice in our union’s fight for health care for all.

Training objectives:

At the completion of this training nurses will be able to:

  • Articulate key components of the US health care system that contribute to high rates of uninsurance, underinsurance, and poor health outcomes.
  • Describe what a single-payer health care system is and how it could impact access to care and equity in California.
  • Connect bedside experiences to patient advocacy for health care justice.


  • CE Course instructors: Mei-ying Williams and Asha DuMonthier
  • Workshop instructors: Jasmine Ruddy, Max Cotterill, Riley Brann, and Ryan Skolnick

Registration and fee information:

This will be a 6-hour in-person training with 3 hours of continuing education credits. After registering, a registration confirmation will be sent via email.

Please note: CNA/NNU is taking all necessary precautions to ensure the safety and health of nurses, our patients, and our communities during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. All in-person course participants are required to be fully vaccinated, wear masks while indoors, and practice social distancing to the extent possible.

CE courses are free to National Nurses United members. Classes are only offered to direct-care and staff RNs.

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