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.

Top Reasons you love being an Emergency Nurse

We recently asked you, our CENA members, what you love about being an Emergency Nurse and received so many great responses. With the challenges faced on a daily basis it’s great to be reminded of what we love about our job. Some of these things included the team, the challenge, making a difference, having to adapt and learning.

Thank-you to everyone who took the time to enter the Membership Competition! To choose the final winners we selected our favorite responses (had to be under 25 words) and then randomly selected three.  Congratulations to Julie, Tracey and Kerry.  Here’s what they said…

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

February 5

Tight Brains – understanding neuro trauma

March 5

Pitfalls of septic shock

May 7

Challenging cases in paediatric emergency care


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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Nurse Unit Manager

Emergency Department, Sunshine Coast University Hospital,

Birtinya, Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service.

Remuneration value up to $140 297 p.a., comprising salary between $113 261 – $122 964 p.a., employer contribution to superannuation (up to 12.75%) and annual leave loading (17.5%) (Nurse Grade 7) (Applications remain current for 12 months.  Please note: only applications from candidates will be accepted; applications that may result in an agency fee will not be considered). JAR: SC307134.

Duties/Abilities: An exciting and challenging opportunity exists for a Nurse Unit Manager experienced in trauma and triage, to join the team within our busy Emergency Department at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital, a state of the art digital, tertiary facility providing emergency medicine and trauma care on the Sunshine Coast.  Live, work and play on the beautiful Sunshine Coast. Join an expanding Health Service with a culture of innovation, education, training and research, with facilities across the Sunshine Coast including the new University Hospital at Birtinya.

Key Responsibilities include:

  • Assume responsibility and accountability for own actions and outcomes of practice, professional advice given and for activities delegated to other nurses and unregulated healthcare workers.
  • Lead the achievement of positive patient outcomes by:
    • Ensuring that the unit is adequately and appropriately resourced regarding material, financial and human resources.
    • Participating directly or indirectly in the delivery of person centred nursing care.
    • Taking accountability and responsibility for ensuring practice is evidence based and continually monitoring and evaluating nursing activity in the specialty area in relation to the service’s performance indicators and relevant standards.
    • Establishing and maintaining partnerships with the multidisciplinary team at unit, service and organisational levels.

Enquiries: Craig Allen (07) 5202 0945.

Application Kit: https://smartjobs.qld.gov.au/jobs/QLD-SC307134

Closing Date: Tuesday, 23 April 2019.

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.