About CENA

The College of Emergency Nursing Australasia (CENA) is the peak professional association representing emergency nurses. There are large numbers of nurses working in emergency and many more in circumstances which see them providing emergency care to patients outside of emergency departments. This includes nurses working in small regional and rural hospitals, health care centres and flight nurses. CENA represents a total of approximately 1200 nurses nationally and internationally.

Full Membership is open to all registered nurses and enrolled nurses. Associate Membership is available to medical and paramedical professional.

Applications sought for CENA Trauma Nursing Program Lead

The CENA Board of Directors invites suitable applicants to submit an expression of interest for the position of CENA Trauma Nursing Program (CENA TNP) Lead.

Applications should include a curriculum vitae and a short written statement of no more than 1 A4 page, indicating why you wish to apply for this position. The application should address the essential criteria, and must include 2 referees who are in a position to discuss your ability to perform in this role.


The CENA TNP Lead is responsible for the leadership, management, development, and delivery of the CENA TNP. The CENA TNP Lead is also responsible for the ongoing development, coordination and training of Faculty instructors to deliver the Program across Australasia.

In addition, the Lead is responsible for the ongoing review and updating of the CENA TNP course content and materials in consultation with the CENA TNP Steering Committee and the CENA Board, and to oversee the development and ongoing review of the curriculum.

The CENA TNP Lead chairs the CENA TNP Steering Committee and reports directly to the CENA Board.



Discounted Membership Post Graduate Emergency Nursing Students

In recognition of the commitment postgraduate nursing students’ give to our profession, CENA would like to offer current students enrolled in a postgraduate program (with content pertinent to emergency nursing) discounted membership.

For full Terms and Conditions and to join up CLICK HERE

ICEN 2017

The 2017 International Conference for Emergency Nurses (ICEN) held in Sydney (NSW) 11th – 13th October at the Sydney Masonic Center.

This year’s program aims to address the intellectual, emotional and social needs of our emergency nursing workforce, all while having a little fun. As Dr Seuss so aptly says “The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

We look forward to celebrating and enhancing our amazing profession with you at the 15thInternational Conference for Emergency Nursing. #icen2017

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CENA Strategic Plan

The Board of Directors is pleased to provide members with  the Strategic Plan for 2017 – 2018. This document outlines many of the desirable outcomes and associated activities that the College will pursue to maintain its alignment with the historical vision and purpose of the College. The document, is a contemporary framework to focus the efforts of the Board, while still providing space for flexibility to pursue opportunities relating to vision.

Download the Strategic Plan

2017 Webinar Topics & Dates

ICEN 2016

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Tasmanian Health Service

Registered Nurse (Several Vacancies)
Department of Emergency Medicine
Royal Hobart Hospital

Salary: $60,792 – $83,194 p.a. plus superannuation and access to salary packaging

Are you looking for a change?

Come to Hobart, Tasmania’s capital city. It has many historic buildings, parks and gardens, museums, galleries and markets, cultural events and festivals, great food and produce, bushland and spectacular scenery and great proximity to other attractions. Hobart offers many lifestyle advantages and choices, short distances make it possible to live in rural tranquillity while commuting to a city job or to relax on an uncrowded beach or pursue more active pursuits outside of working hours.

The Tasmanian Health Service is offering several opportunities for Registered Nurses interested in working at the Royal Hobart Hospital’s Department of Emergency Medicine. This role presents a great opportunity to practice at a beginner to expert level supported by a transition to emergency nursing program. Joining the Royal Hobart Emergency Department Team, you will provide high quality nursing care, aimed at improving patient health outcomes with a supportive multidisciplinary emergency department team.


EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY – Associate Professor – Emergency Nursing

A significant opportunity to undertake the role of Associate Professor has arisen.  In this role you will be expected to provide academic leadership and promote translational research by cultivating the highest standards in emergency nursing, research and clinical care.

In this high profile role you will be responsible for fostering and growing emergency nursing research with the aim of placing Monash at the forefront of translational research internationally. You will also influence emergency nursing education and research in Nursing and Midwifery, and be an active participant with the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, and key industry partners.

As the successful candidate you will provide strong and committed leadership and strategic direction through active facilitation and collaboration between emergency nursing early career researchers within Monash University, Monash Health, and with research partners.


Trauma Tasmania 2017

Major Trauma at the State and Service Level: Benchmarking the Victorian Experience

25 March 2017
Medical Science Precinct, University of Tasmania, Hobart


In 1999 in the Department of Health, Victoria, commissioned the seminal report “Review of Trauma and Emergency Services (RoTES) – Victoria 1999”.

This lead to the establishment of the Victorian State Trauma System and designation of adult and paediatric major trauma services.

Tasmania stands to benefit from hard won lessons regarding quality and safety learned by our Victorian colleagues, after a quarter of a century experience and evidence based practice.

The THS State Trauma Service is delighted to welcome our Victorian colleagues to present what makes a difference in 2017, and reflect on the issues that influence the design, performance and governance of optimal systems and services to care for major trauma.


About Nurse Unit Manager Opportunity:

This is a great opportunity for a Nurse Unit Manger to provide nursing leadership within the Emergency Department of Mackay Hospital

You will proactively managing and coordinating clinical practice and the provision of human, financial and material resources

You will experience a wide range of clinical practice and settings that are part of a dynamic multidisciplinary workforce where innovative models of care and service delivery are encouraged.

The ED is a 20 bed unit which includes 2 resuscitation rooms, 3 high dependency bays and 15 acute beds, a fast track and a 10 bed SSU.


CENA Professional Development

CENA offers a variety of professional development opportunities at discounted rates for members.

CENA TNP Emergency Nursing Module

See website for full calendar and to register

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CENA Webinars

See website for details of live and recorded sessions

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CENA Affiliations

The CENA Affiliation Program establishes formal links with other emergency nursing and health care organisations to foster relationships that facilitate and enhance the aims and objectives of each organisation.

ACN is a key national professional nursing organisation with a focus on nursing leadership and is open to nurses in all settings and at every stage of their career.
The Australian Resuscitation Council is a voluntary co-ordinating body which represents all major groups involved in the teaching and practice of resuscitation.
Representing the interests and promoting the speciality of Emergency Nursing.

Malta Emergency Nurses' Assoication