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.


The College of Emergency Nursing Australasia (CENA) is the peak professional association representing emergency nurses.  Our aim is foster excellence in emergency nursing practice.

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 annual membership.

Terms and Conditions Apply – Click HERE for more details and to apply


ICEN 2018

The 2018 International Conference for Emergency Nurses (ICEN) will held in Melbourne (VIC) 10th – 12th October 2018 at Pullman Albert Park.

We look forward to celebrating and enhancing our amazing profession with you at the 16thInternational Conference for Emergency Nursing. Click HERE to visit the website

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

2018 Webinar Topics & Dates


Arrhythmias that you thought that you knew


I can’t breathe – Respiratory conditions in ED


Half Baked Emergencies – Emergencies in the 2nd/3rd trimester

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LIVE webinar TONIGHT | Arrhythmias that you thought you you knew. 2000hrs AEDT check the website for start times in your state. www.cena.org.au/view_webinar ... See MoreSee Less

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Start time is AEDT. Check website for start times in your state www.cena.org.au/view_webinar

Learning Outcomes:
• Describe the various arrhythmias that are seen in the ED.
• Discuss appropriate assessment of patients with an arrhythmia
• Explore the treatment options for a patient with an arrhythmia.
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Webinar | Arrhythmias that you thought you knew

March 13, 2018, 8:00pm - March 13, 2018, 9:00pm

Start time is AEDT. Check website for start times in your state www.cena.org.au/view_webinar Learning Outcomes: • Describe the various arrhythmias that are seen in the ED. • D...

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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?

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

Registered Nurse

Tasmanian Health Service
Department of Emergency Medicine
Hobart, Tasmania

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 tranquility 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.

The Royal Hobart Hospital is the tertiary referral and largest hospital in Tasmania. The Department see both adult and paediatric presentations, it also has a short stay unit. We are committed to maintaining and improving the health and well-being of the people of Tasmania; it provides a comprehensive range of high quality, accessible hospital and related services and has an excellent nursing professional development program.

Applications close:  31 March 2018

Vacancy No:  516244

Apply online at www.jobs.tas.gov.au

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Duties:  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.

Assessing individual patient needs, you will plan, implement or coordinate appropriate service delivery from a range of accepted options. You will also provide support and guidance to newer or less experienced staff, Enrolled Nurses, student nurses and other workers providing basic nursing care.

Salary:  $60,792 to $83,194 per annum plus superannuation and access to salary packaging

Period of Employment:  Permanent full-time and part-time shift work (fully rotational), working up to 76 hours per fortnight.  Hours will be negotiated with successful applicants.

For further information please contact Tony Bradley on 0428 998 729 or email tony.bradley@ths.tas.gov.au.

Applications close:  31 March 2018

Vacancy No:  516244

Apply online at www.jobs.tas.gov.au

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Join our Emergency Department at Dandenong Hospital – mixed Paediatric & Adult

Modern, purpose built facility delivering exceptional patient-centric Emergency Care

Be part of a truly dynamic, inclusive & supportive environment

We currently have positions for Registered Nurses to join our department and deliver outstanding patient centred emergency care.  Positions are permanent or fixed term contract, full-time or part-time and we operate on a rotational roster and seeking experienced Nurses in acute/critical care able to work a minimum of 16 Hrs per week.


About Our Emergency Department

Our Emergency Department at Dandenong Hospital is responsible for over 68,000 emergency presentations annually and covers the Greater Dandenong, Gippsland and the Mornington Peninsula.  Our patient presentations include Medical, Surgical, Cardiac as well as Trauma, Mental Health, Orthopaedics, Plastics, Paediatric and Women’s Health and range from start of life to end of life care with a wide range of patient acuity. Our Emergency Department is dedicated to delivering exceptional patient care across a wide range of acute medical and surgical emergencies.

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Applications Close 7th March 2018 and can only be made online via Monash Health Mercury system – e-mail applications will not be considered

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.

The Australian Resuscitation Council is a voluntary co-ordinating body which represents all major groups involved in the teaching and practice of resuscitation.

Malta Emergency Nurses' Association

Representing the interests and promoting the speciality of Emergency Nursing.