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.

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

2018 Webinar Topics & Dates


Tropical Diseases we should consider


A Guide to AB’s in the ED


Snakebite and other creepies that kill

CENA Media Releases

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Important Information/Updates/Advertising

Nurse Unit Manager – Emergency Department | South West Healthcare Victoria

  • Experienced NUM
  • Bring cohesion to outcome driven care
  • Consultative leadership

South West Healthcare (SWH) is the largest sub-regional health service in Victoria providing acute, mental health, rehabilitation and aged care together with a range of primary and community health service across the south west catchment of Victoria. SWH is a major specialist referral centre for the Barwon South West sub region, with 282 beds, 15 of those in the emergency department. SWH employs over 1400 staff, services a population of 110,000 plus, and sees over 25,000 presentations per year.

Applications close: Friday 23rd of November 2018

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The new Nurse Unit Manager – Emergency Department (ED), will provide leadership to the ED team and in partnership with the Director of Emergency will provide leadership for aspects of Service provision including, resuscitation and advanced clinical practice. The incoming NUM will be responsible for the management of human, financial and physical resources to ensure well planned and coordinated services and will join SWH at a time of growth through service reform and a proposed $112M redevelopment plan for the hospital which will increase emergency cubicles to include 31 beds. Reporting to the Director of Nursing, SWH, the incoming NUM will foster a culture of collaboration with the other departments and bring cohesion to driving effective patient flow systems that allow the service to meet key targets and provide patient centred care.

The new NUM will be an accomplished manager with a minimum of three years nursing experience as NUM/ ANUM in ED. With a reputation for effective resource and budget management and the leadership attributes and character to collaborate strongly with the Emergency Director and clinicians the NUM will have a key role in delivering outcome directed, sustainable high-quality care and patient centredness.


We invite qualified candidates to contact Rhodie Miller on +61 (0)422 816 557 or via email rmiller@hardygroupintl.com for a confidential discussion.

To access the Candidate Information Pack, visit:  https://hardygroupintl.com/job/80/

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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?

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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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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.