CRONA was started as a committee in 1964 because the nurses at Stanford were paid less than any other hospital in the state and they decided they had to do something about it. Nurses from both management and staff got together to set up a structure within which they could address issues with the Hospital. The original title was the Committee for Remuneration of Nursing Achievement. Within the next year the name was changed to the Committee for Recognition of Nursing Achievement to encompass the professional component as well as salary. In 1974, CRONA was voted in as the collective bargaining agent for the nurses at Stanford. In 1991, CRONA was voted in as the collective bargaining agent for the nurses at Lucile S. Packard Children's Hospital. 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.