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  • Study of Occupational Violence in Australian Emergency Departments – view the findings of the research project in which CENA members participated.

  • Two Employment Opportunities at Canberra Hospital and Health Services | Registered Nurse Level 3 Grade 1 - Advanced Practice Nurse | Registered Nurse Level 3 Grade 1 - Advanced Practice Nurse | Closing Date 3 April 2014

  • The standards for the emergency nursing specialist identify areas of nursing practice and behaviours that articulate the unique characteristics of the speciality of emergency nursing.

  • Read the CENA media release of 12th November 2013

  • All details are on CENA's honour board. Special thanks to our valuable sponsors for various awards - The Benchmarque Group, Midmed, Multigate and CENA

  • Congratulations to Bart Wunderlich (NUM Northern Hospital ED and CENA member) and the Kinglake Community Emergency Response Team who were awarded a Governor General Group Bravery Citation for their efforts during the Black Saturday bush fires which devastated their local community.

  • On behalf of the CENA board we would like to take this opportunity to wish you all happy Emergency Nurses Day. It is especially exciting to be able to do that this year as CENA celebrates 10 years as a College.


    Emergency Nurses Day continues to be a special day on our social calendar and represents a unique opportunity for all of us to reflect on the significant contribution emergency nurses make to the lives of a vast community across Australasia.


    We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued contribution to the College. Together CENA is representing Emergency Nurses from across Australasia through a number of formats to raise awareness of issues facing emergency nurses and the patients we represent. Without your valuable support we wouldn't be able to continue to have the voice we need.


    We trust that across your workplaces you will be celebrating with colleagues. We would love to hear any celebration stories that you have. For those of you who will be joining the ICEN 2013 organising committee and CENA board in Melbourne, we will look forward to celebrating with you in Melbourne.


    October 2013 has also seen the long awaited introduction of monthly membership subscription. Information on this payment option will be sent to you when your annual membership is due should you wish to take this up.


    Once again Happy Emergency Nurses Day.

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  • Unfortunately, despite a large number of people in the community having been trained in first aid, including Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), at least 30% of the victims of cardiac arrest do not receive CPR by witnesses to the event. Many reasons are thought to impact on the decision not to act. These include a fear of doing harm, and a worry that they cannot remember the exact technique. In reality, a simple technique can be used that can dramatically improve the chances of survival of the cardiac arrest victim.

    The principles of this technique are:

    1) recognising an unresponsive victim who is not breathing normally

    2) calling for help (dial 000), and

    3) commence chest compressions.

    ARC is offering cash prizes totally of $2,750 for videos that can be posted on the Internet to facilitate the mission of the Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC): that “any attempt at resuscitation is better than no attempt”.

    Videos along a similar theme have been produced on behalf of the American Heart Association can be seen here.

    Click here for more information.

    Entries close at 5pm on Friday 15 November 2013 and the prizes will be announced on Friday 22 November 2013.

  • For immediate release

    11th International Conference for Emergency Nurses (ICEN)
    9th – 12th October, 2013 Etihad Stadium, Melbourne.

    Emergency Nurses from around the world will be gathering at Etihad Stadium to celebrate emergency nurses and their achievements.

    In the busy, and often relentless, environment of the emergency department there is little time to reflect and celebrate the daily accomplishments of emergency nurses and their achievements.

    The aim of the conference is to celebrate today’s emergency nurses who are forging ahead as leaders, in research, education, policy development and clinical care, as well as identifying and acknowledging emergency nurses who will be tomorrow’s champions.

    The theme of the ICEN conference is: A spring carnival for emergency nursing – today’s winners and tomorrow’s champions!

    Invited speakers include:

    • Dr. Beth Wilson AM Victoria’s former Health Services Commissioner

    • Associate Professor Simon Cooper -  Monash University, Melbourne

    • Associate Professor Stephen Bernard - The Alfred and Knox Private Hospitals

    • Associate Professor Tony Walker  - Ambulance Victoria

    • Professor Christine Duffield -  University of Technology, Sydney

    • Professor Enrico Coiera from the University of New South Wales

    New to this conference is Clinical Updates!  Clinical Updates are delivered by experts in particular clinical areas highlighting trends in practice.   This is the chance to learn about  evidence based changes in management of many common emergency department presentations.  Topics include therapeutic hypothermia after cardiac arrest, the emergency delivery, management of current street drugs, and fluid resuscitation for children.

    Continuing with the success of the inaugural debate in Hobart last year, this year’s topic will be “Is there a need for credentialing in emergency nursing?”  The debate will be mediated by Ms. Lynette Glendinning the founder and principal of Tempo Strategies.  Lynette is an experienced adjudicator, having chaired many discussions in health and strategic planning. Panel members include:

    • Kim Ryan, Australasian Association of Mental Health Nurses

    • Shane Lenson, CENA national board

    • Professor Kristine Gebbie, School of Nursing & Midwifery, Flinders University

    • Carol Grech, Australian College of Critical Care Nurses

    • Julianne Bryce, Australian Nursing Federation

    • Associate Professor Marie Gerdtz, CENA Representative

    For more information about ICEN please contact Di Crellin:  
    Email: Dianne.crellin@rch.org.au  
    Ph: 0401314339