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.

The Elaine Killeen Continuing Professional Development Scholarship


The Elaine Killeen Continuing Professional Development Scholarship was established by the College of Emergency Nursing Australasia in early 2016, in memory of Elaine who was an active member of the College and a long-standing member of the Victorian branch. She facilitated the CENA education program for Victoria for several years, and was part of the conference organising committee for the International Conference for Emergency Nurses in 2007.

The purpose of the Elaine Killeen Continuing Professional Development Scholarship is to provide funds to those Members and Fellows of the College to support their continuing professional development (CPD) as an Emergency Nurse.  Nominations Close March 6th.

Read More About the CENA Elaine Killeen CPD scholarship and view the Terms & Conditions of Entry

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ICEN 2017

The 2017 International Conference for Emergency Nurses (ICEN) held in Sydney (NSW) 11th – 13th October at the Sydney Masonic Center.

This year’s program aims to address the intellectual, emotional and social needs of our emergency nursing workforce, all while having a little fun. As Dr Seuss so aptly says “The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

We look forward to celebrating and enhancing our amazing profession with you at the 15thInternational Conference for Emergency Nursing. #icen2017

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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.

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2017 Webinar Topics & Dates Released

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY – Associate Professor – Emergency Health

A significant opportunity to undertake the role of Associate Professor has arisen. In this role you will be expected to by cultivating the highest standards in emergency nursing, research and clinical care.

In this high profile role you will be responsible for fostering and growing emergency nursing research with the aim of placing Monash at the forefront of translational research internationally. You will also influence emergency nursing education and research in Nursing and Midwifery, and be an active participant with the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, and key industry partners.

As the successful candidate you will provide strong and committed leadership and strategic direction through active facilitation and collaboration between emergency nursing early career researchers within Monash University, Monash Health, and with research partners.


Trauma Tasmania 2017

Major Trauma at the State and Service Level: Benchmarking the Victorian Experience

25 March 2017
Medical Science Precinct, University of Tasmania, Hobart


In 1999 in the Department of Health, Victoria, commissioned the seminal report “Review of Trauma and Emergency Services (RoTES) – Victoria 1999”.

This lead to the establishment of the Victorian State Trauma System and designation of adult and paediatric major trauma services.

Tasmania stands to benefit from hard won lessons regarding quality and safety learned by our Victorian colleagues, after a quarter of a century experience and evidence based practice.

The THS State Trauma Service is delighted to welcome our Victorian colleagues to present what makes a difference in 2017, and reflect on the issues that influence the design, performance and governance of optimal systems and services to care for major trauma.


About Nurse Unit Manager Opportunity:

This is a great opportunity for a Nurse Unit Manger to provide nursing leadership within the Emergency Department of Mackay Hospital

You will proactively managing and coordinating clinical practice and the provision of human, financial and material resources

You will experience a wide range of clinical practice and settings that are part of a dynamic multidisciplinary workforce where innovative models of care and service delivery are encouraged.

The ED is a 20 bed unit which includes 2 resuscitation rooms, 3 high dependency bays and 15 acute beds, a fast track and a 10 bed SSU.


CENA Professional Development

CENA offers a variety of professional development opportunities at discounted rates for members.

CENA TNP Emergency Nursing Module

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CENA Webinars

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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.

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