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.

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

2018 Webinar Topics & Dates


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A Guide to AB’s in the ED

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Australian Resuscitation Council VIC Branch State Conference

“From Kerbside to Critical Care: Maintaining the Chain for Survival”

When:  Saturday 27th October 2018

Where: AMREP Education Centre, Alfred Hospital
55 Commercial Road, Prahran

Fees:  Standard registration $250

Register here

Australian Resuscitation Council Vic Branch State conference is designed to inform and educate all who work as first aiders, first aid trainers, paramedics, nurses, doctors and allied health professionals. Our conference this year focuses “From Kerbside to Critical Care: Maintaining the Chain of Survival,” some focus will be on the Bourke Street mass casualty incident.

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Some of our Presenters

  • Professor Paul Jennings, Chair; ARC Victorian Branch
  • Tom Howell, National Training Manager Premium Health
  • Police Spokesperson
  • Professor Michael Reade, Consultant Intensivist and Professor of Military Medicine and Surgery, University of Queensland
  • Brett Drummond, Intelligence Coordinator Ambulance Victoria
  • Professor Peter Morley, Academic Specialist, Medical Education; Honorary, Medicine – Royal Melbourne Hospital
  • Doctor Helen E Stergiou, Emergency & Trauma Physician Alfred Hospital
  • Doctor Rosalind Case, Director of Clinical Programs ISN Psychology
  • Jenny Lumsden, Clinical Nurse Consultant and Director General Health Reserves – Air Force

Conference Topics

  • Melbourne’s mass casualty incident first aid response in Bourke Street
  • Haemorrhage control and the use of torniquets
  • Coordination of a mass casualty event and emergency response
  • Mass casualty management in the hospital setting
  • management principles of the traumatic cardiac arrest
  • Paediatric trauma management
  • Holistic care
  • Psychological needs of patients following a cardiac arrest
  • ICU reception and management of the trauma patient

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Registered Nurse – Critical Care | Eastern Health

Emergency Department / Short Stay Unit

  • Dedicated and supportive team
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Permanent full-time & part-time roles available
  • Great opportunity to work locally

If you have the ability and drive to make a difference take hold of this opportunity and apply today!

All appointments are made subject to a satisfactory police records check.

You must have the right to permanently live and work in Australia to apply for this job.

Please submit all applications online HERE.

Recruitment agency applications will not be accepted.

Eastern Health is one of Melbourne’s largest metropolitan public health services.  We provide a comprehensive range of high-quality acute, sub-acute, palliative care, mental health, drug and alcohol, residential care, community health and statewide services to people and communities that are diverse in culture, age and socio-economic status, population and healthcare needs.

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Are you a passionate and enthusiastic Registered Nurse with post graduate emergency or critical care qualifications?  The Emergency Department at Maroondah Hospital has both permanent full-time and part-time opportunities available for Critical Care Registered Nurses to join their highly dedicated multidisciplinary team.

The Emergency Department at Maroondah Hospital cares for approximately 60,000 patients per year, averaging 165 presentations per day. It comprises 35 cubicles and treatment areas, including; 3 resuscitation bays, dedicated paediatric and fast track treatment areas, and a 20 bed short stay unit.

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a supported and dedicated Emergency Department team with access and ongoing support from our team of specialised nursing educators.

To be successful in this role you should possess;

  • Current AHPRA registration
  • Post Graduate emergency or critical care qualification
  • Minimum 12 months post graduate experience in an emergency or intensive care unit
  • The ability to work as part of a diverse team
  • A strong commitment to high quality patient care and experience
  • A personal commitment to ongoing education and professional development
  • Excellent communication and organisational skills

Eastern Health offers a variety of fantastic Employee Benefits, view the extensive range here!

The benefits of working for Eastern Health include:

  • Diverse and engaging career opportunities
  • Friendly & supportive team
  • Flexible working hours
  • Salary packaging options
  • Career progression in our teaching hospitals

Eastern Health Values:  Patients First: Agility: Humility: Respect: Kindness: Excellence

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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

Kind Regards,

Robin Sands
Head of Field Human Resources

Emergency Department Nursing Opportunities – Top End Health Service

Are you looking to advance your career in emergency department nursing?  There are ED nursing roles now in Northern Territory hospitals, Top End Health Service.

Send your resume and cover letter to PRHWorkforceTEHS.DoH@nt.gov.au

Click to learn more and apply for a vacancy today

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.

Malta Emergency Nurses' Association

Representing the interests and promoting the speciality of Emergency Nursing.