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

The Board of Directors is pleased to announce the launch of the inaugural strategic plan for the College of Emergency Nursing Australasia. This plan was developed during 2014 and 2015 based on the engagement of an independent consultant, considered discussion of the Board, and consultation with some College Fellows and Members. 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

ICEN 2016 | 19 – 21 October

CENA is pleased to announce that ICEN 2016 will be held in Alice Springs from 19th – 21st October 2016.

We are now seeking applications from emergency nurses interested in acting as scientific convenor for this conference.

The successful applicant will be a member of CENA, an emergency nurse with suitable experience and understanding of national and international emergency nursing practice, research and professional trends and familiarity with conference organisation. In addition, the applicant will have experience with professional publication and have presented at conferences.

A CV and a letter expressing interest should be sent to CENA (national@cena.org.au) by COB Friday 11th December 2015


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Employment Opportunity | Emergency Department Registered Nurses

Are you a qualified Registered Nurse?

Do you have experience in emergency nursing?

Are you looking for a sea change?

Mackay offers city living in a regional area, close to beautiful safe beaches and without the big city price tag. Please submit your Expression of Interest (EOI) via the Smart Jobs website – https://smartjobs.qld.gov.au

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Enquiries: Margaret Sherry, Nurse Unit Manager (07) 4885 5107

Job Ad Reference: 1508MK192319

Application Kit: (07) 4885 6800 or visit Smart Jobs

MERS Situation Updates Available

The Office of Health Protection / Department of Health are issuing weekly updates regarding Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV).

To access these updates please visit their website.


Employment Opportunity | Emergency Department Registered Nurse Div 1

Emergency Department / Werribee Mercy Hospital

Permanent part time

We are seeking Registered Nurses with a minimum of 2 years’ experience in emergency nursing, who are able to demonstrate a commitment to the provision of high quality nursing care and professional development. The successful applicants must be prepared to:

  • work a rotating roster
  • have a commitment to further education in resus and triage.
  • be prepared to rotate into our Emergency Department Short Stay Unit.

Enquiries to: Lynn O’Neill, Nurse Unit Manager, Emergency Department, (03) 8754 3310
Job Ref No: WMH 268
Applications Close: Friday 11 December 2015

For more information and to apply, please visit careers.mercy.com.au


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…

November FREE Event – Open to Everyone

Webinar: When Animal Kills – NEW date Tuesday 10th November

More information…


December Webinar

The Thunderclap Headache – Subarachnoid & beyond

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.

ACN is a key national professional nursing organisation with a focus on nursing leadership and is open to nurses in all settings and at every stage of their career.
The Australian Resuscitation Council is a voluntary co-ordinating body which represents all major groups involved in the teaching and practice of resuscitation.
Representing the interests and promoting the speciality of Emergency Nursing.

Malta Emergency Nurses' Assoication