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.

Post Graduate Discounted Membership Promotion

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) a discounted* membership to the College.

* Strict conditions apply. 

Click HERE for more details

Click HERE to download a promotional flyer

ICEN 2019

Invitation to attend

The conference committee extend a warm welcome to all emergency nurses to attend the 17th International Conference for Emergency Nurses (ICEN) for the College of Emergency Nursing Australasia (CENA) to be held from 16th – 18thOctober 2019 at the Hilton Adelaide, South Australia.

The 2019 theme is EXPAND. EXPLORE. EXCEED.

We look forward to welcoming you and your colleagues to the 17th International Conference for Emergency Nurses. Visit the website for further details

CENA Strategic Plan 2018 – 2020

The Board of Directors is pleased to provide members with  the Strategic Plan for 2018 – 2020. 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

2019 Webinar Topics & Dates

January 22

A Review of change over the last 12 months

February 5

Tight Brains – understanding neuro trauma

March 5

Pitfalls of septic shock

CENA Media Releases

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Important Information/Updates/Advertising

Trauma Tasmania 2019

Theme: The Next Big Thing
Date: Saturday, 1 June 2019
Where: Medical Science Precinct, University of Tasmania, Hobart
Website: Trauma Tasmania 2019
Registration Link: Registration

In our 3rd successful year, Trauma Tasmania Symposium will look at the health response to multi- casualty events. Speakers from Australia and around the world will use their expertise, reflect on their experience, examine the evidence, and describe what makes a difference when clinicians and health care systems are confronted with multiple casualties.


Are you looking for a new challenge?

Did you know that Médecins Sans Frontières delivers medical assistance in more than 70 countries around the world?

At any one time, around 2,500 international personnel contribute to a global team of close to 35,000 Médecins Sans Frontières field staff who provide emergency medical care. Australian and New Zealand professionals fill more than 200 field positions annually.

Kate White is a Nurse who has worked with Médecins Sans Frontières in Libya, Tunisia, and South Sudan. Watch her video fora glimpse into the life of a Nurse working with Médecins Sans Frontières: msf.org.au/nurses

We are currently looking for Emergency Nurses or Nurses with Emergency Care expertise (Australian or New Zealand residents) who are able to commit to at least nine months in the field, and who are ready to share their skills and support our medical humanitarian work around the world.

Interested in finding out more?

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More resources are available on our website, along with information about how to apply and the essential criteria.

You can also register for recruitment updates and find information about upcoming information evenings and webinars. It is recommended to participate in at least one webinar and/or attend an information evening before submitting your application.

Read about working for Médecins Sans Frontières and check that you meet the specific role requirements msf.org.au/nurses

Register for recruitment updatesmsf.org.au/join‐our‐team/work‐overseas/register‐for‐updates 

Working to deliver medical aid overseas requires a serious commitment. We are looking for people who have taken their time to consider what it might be like and are prepared for a significant challenge. Please ensure you carefully review all of the criteria and information available on the website before applying. And if you know someone who might be suitable for one of these positions, please pass on this information to them.

Recruitment is open year‐round

Kind Regards,

Robin Sands
Head of Field Human Resources

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Registered Nurse, Emergency Department | Ballarat Health Services

Position No: 16540

Position Title: Registered Nurse Division 1

Dept/Unit: Emergency Department

No. of Hours: Part Time (Up to 32 hrs per fortnight)

Permanent: Fixed Term

Ballarat Health Services has an exciting opportunity for a registered Nurse Division 1, Grade 2 and above to join our Team in the Emergency

Department.In you have exceptional clinical skills, a commitment to quality care and are a driven leader this position is for you!

Working within the multidisciplinary team you will be expected to facilitate and foster best practice and service delivery to our clients and their families within the Emergency Department.

Being part of a team that values leadership and excellence in healthcare you will work in first class facilities that maximise care, compassion, individual choice and quality outcomes for all clients and patients.

If you feel suited to this exciting opportunity applications can be made on the Ballarat Health Services website via the e-recruit portal.

If you have any further enquiries please contact Kate Cranage & Belinda Rieniets via email at EmergencyNums@bhs.org.au

All applications must be submitted online.

BHS is committed to providing a diverse and inclusive workforce. We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, mature age workers and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people.

Contact: Kate Cranage or Belinda Rieniets on 5320 6455

Closing Date: 17 March 2019

Apply on-line at www.bhs.org.au

Please follow the following steps to use the new E-Recruit system

  • Log on to bhs.org.au
  • Click on ‘Career Opportunities’
  • Click on ‘Register Now’. Registration is a once-only activity.
  • Once registered, you will receive automatic notification of positions of interest. You can apply online and update your resume details as needed.

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

More information…

CENA Webinars

See website for details of live and recorded sessions

More information…

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.

Malta Emergency Nurses' Association

Representing the interests and promoting the speciality of Emergency Nursing.