CNSA and Covid-19

CNSA and Covid-19

Dear CNSA Members,


Please review the attached letter addressed to you all in regard to COVID-19 and the State Board’s response. As we move forward with finding a solution to the current situation, it is of the utmost importance that we stay engaged. This necessitates reaching out to our Governor, state legislators, and regulatory agencies to voice our concerns. The CNSA stance on this topic has mirrored thousands of nursing students across the state, nation, and the message our educators are communicating. If you find yourself in agreement, please voice your concerns in a manner that is consistent with our own response. Dr. Scott R. Ziehm is the Associate Dean for the UCSF School of Nursing and President of the California Association of Colleges of Nursing (CACN). Please review the attached letter to see how Dr. Ziehm and his colleagues have been advocating for what is mutually just. Additionally, I am making the publication titled “Statewide political activism for California academic nursing leaders” available to you. We can all be effective agents of change if we are willing to unify with one strong message. 

Here are ways in which you can contribute to this movement:

         1.  Flood the Governor’s Office with calls from students.  Here is the number to call: (916) 445-                2841 or submit via e-mail through the website: 

         2.  For Community Colleges: 

  • Call Chancellor Eloy Oakley (916-445-8752) and request that he call the Governor about this issue.
  • Ask your College President and Board of Trustees to call Eloy Oakley to request that he call the Governor.  

         3.  Continue to e-mail the B&P consultants: 

         4.  Call Senator Steve Glazer’s District Office: 

  • Orinda: (925) 258-1176
  • East Contra Costa: (925) 754-1461



Dear Governor Newsom, 


I am a nursing ________ at ______ and am writing to urge you to exercise your emergency powers to temporarily lift the limits on simulation education for California’s nursing students. With hospitals cancelling clinical rotations, thousands of students like myself will be delayed in completing our education and assisting on the front lines of fighting for COVID-19 patients in our communities.


The California Nursing Practice Act (16 CCR Section 1429) and the BRN currently require 75 percent of our clinical education to take place during rotations at hospitals, with simulation training limited to 25 percent. We are asking this cap removed for a limited time to address this growing crisis and threat to students’ continued nursing education. 


In these trying times, our top priority as nursing students is doing all we can to contribute to the health and wellbeing of our communities. A temporary increase in the amount of allowed simulation time will allow us to continue our education and training. With COVID-19 expected to continue putting significant strain on our hospitals and healthcare system, nurses and the care we provide is more necessary than ever.


With swift and temporary action, we can keep our education on track and prevent a decline in the overall number of registered nurses in our state as older nurses retire. We urge your administration and the Board of Registered Nursing to consider temporarily lifting the cap on nursing simulation training in California.




Phone: (916) 445-284



  • Hello, my name is __________________, and I am a student at _________________.
  • I am calling to urge Governor Newsom to take action and allow thousands of California nursing students to graduate on time during this COVID-19 crisis. 
  • With hospitals cancelling clinical rotations, many of us will not be able to meet the requirement that 75 percent of our clinical education take place in-person. 
  • We need Governor Newsom to temporarily lift that requirement, so we can fulfill our hours in simulation and keep our education on track during these trying times. 
  • As nurses, we will be able to assist on the frontlines of communities hit hard by COVID-19.
  1. Please tell the Governor to take the necessary steps that will allow us to use our skills to help the patients and hospitals that need us.