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The CENA Trauma Nursing Program (TNP)

The CENA Trauma Nursing Program (TNP) is an important initiative in trauma education for nurses in Australia. Australasian in context, this program provides instruction on the principles of trauma care, the opportunity to explore skills relevant to the trauma setting and seeks to develop the ability of Australian nurses to deliver trauma care in a variety of settings.

The Module

The CENA Trauma Nursing Program consists of one clinical module:

  1. Emergency (initial resuscitation) Nursing

The module consists of:

  • Core trauma content relevant to all clinical specialties and
  • Specialty specific content that focuses on management and system errors that were identified in ROTES report1999.

The Emergency Nursing module is offered as a combined package of a Study Guide and Workshop. The Study Guide is not available separately.

Registration Fee – $660 CENA members | $760 non-members

CENA TNP Refund, Transfer and Cancellation Policy

The College of Emergency Nursing Australasia Trauma Nursing Program (CENA TNP) Refund, Transfer and Cancellation Policy applies to the CENA TNP Emergency Care Module and the CENA TNP Trauma Ward Module. It covers all CENA TNP courses cancelled by CENA TNP management and CENA TNP registrants who:

  • withdraw from courses; or
  • transfer to other CENA TNP courses
  • request a refund for a course.


Program Objectives

Upon completion of the program, you should be able to:

  • Discuss the significance and impact of major trauma as a public health problem;
  • Describe the organisational approach to the management of major trauma;
  • Describe the common physiological and psychological consequences of major trauma on specialty populations; including paediatric, geriatric and pregnant patients;
  • Implement a structured clinical approach to the assessment and management of patients with major trauma;
  • Understand the importance of working with colleagues as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Identify specific clinical skills relating to the management of the patient with major trauma; and
  • Discuss the application of performance improvement principles to the evaluation of trauma care.


As a participant you will receive:

  • a CENA Trauma Nursing Program Manual that provides you with a comprehensive reference that covers the pathophysiology, assessment and management of common trauma conditions spanning the ages from childhood to old age.
  • pre-workshop study guides
  • E-Copy Curtis Ramsden Textbook “Emergency & Trauma Care 2e – For Nurses and Paramedics” (If participants prefer, they may instead purchase ONE hard copy of the text at additional cost)

The Manual is sent to you approximately 4 – 6 weeks prior to the workshop.

Workshop Intensive

Registration Fee – $660 CENA members | $760 non-members

Your registration fee will cover:

  • your attendance at a workshop intensive designed to reinforce the material provided in the Manual and provide you with the opportunity to apply the Study Guide content to actual trauma cases in a supportive, collegial environment.
  • all study materials required
  • fully catered

To get the best value out of the workshop intensive it is important to read the CENA Trauma Nursing Program Study Guide prior to attending the workshop.

Frequently Asked Questions

What will happen when I register?

When you register with us and pay your registration fee, you will be sent a package. The course materials are usually sent approximately 4 – 6 weeks prior to the workshop and contain information on the program, a Study Guide and workbooks.

Do I have to do any preparatory work?

We expect that you will be familiar with the content of the Module Study Guide and workbooks before attending the course. The course focuses on reviewing key content areas of the Module Study Guide by using interactive lectures, skill stations, applying content to trauma case scenarios and small group discussion. If you have not read your Module Study Guide and activity workbooks, you will not get the greatest benefit from the workshop.

Will I have to sit an assessment?

CENA TNP offers participants the opportunity to complete the program in one of two streams.

Attendance stream  (worth 19 CPD hours)

Complete the pre-course learning,
Attend the 2-day workshop,
Receive a certificate of attendance.

Assessment stream (worth 1 CPD hour)

Complete the pre-course learning,
Attend the 2-day workshop,
Receive a certificate of attendance,
Complete a multi – choice and short answer questionnaire at the completion of day 2 of the workshop
Achieve an assessment pass & receive a certificate of achievement

I haven’t looked after a patient with trauma, can I attend?

You don’t need experience with trauma patients to attend our program, however we do need you to be currently practicing as a registered nurse (DIV 1 Vic) and ideally to be working in the area of the specialty workshop you wish to attend. This is because we will expect you to have the basic knowledge and skill application required to work in the area and we aim to build on this with the principles of trauma care.

Who will be facilitating the workshop intensive?

Our facilitators all have extensive experience in their specialty area and experience with clinical teaching and teaching small groups. All of our facilitators have undertaken our in-house facilitator training.

Are there any prerequisite skills that I need to have?

As this program is focused on developing the trauma skills of nurses, there is an expectation participants will have basic levels of competency in certain skills normally able to be learned as part of professional development programs in most hospitals.

For example, it is anticipated that participants will be proficient in comprehensive patient assessment, Basic Life Support and be familiar with the use of common monitoring equipment used in their hospital.

History of CENA Trauma Nursing Program (TNP)

The Trauma Nursing Program began in 2002 as a unique collaboration between the Australian College of Critical Care Nurses (ACCCN Vic) and the College of Emergency Nursing Australasia (CENA Vic). Together they created the Victorian Clinical Nursing Consortium (VCNC) in order to combine and apply their extensive experience, knowledge and resources to the continued professional development of nurses, by improving the provision of nation-wide trauma care. This followed a recommendation by the Review of Trauma and Emergency Services – Victoria (ROTES) in 1999 that a single, standard, training course which could be integrated with other existing training courses, be introduced for all Victorian nurses involved in trauma care. With funding from the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) Victoria, through the Victorian Trauma Foundation (VTF), the VCNC developed a standardised program in trauma care for nurses, as an initiative from the recommendations of the ROTES report.

In 2005, after successful implementation in Victoria, there was a decision to extend the program outside of Victoria. From 2007, this program became more widely available across Australasia.

By mutual agreement between ACCCN and CENA, as from the 1st April 2010, the Trauma Nursing Program will be managed by CENA under the name ‘CENA Trauma Nursing Program (CENA TNP)’. The CENA TNP currently offers one module: Emergency (initial resuscitation) Nursing.

Emergency and Trauma Care for Nurses and Paramedics.

Course registration includes ONE electronic copy of the second edition of Emergency and Trauma Care for Nurses and Paramedics. (If participants prefer, they may instead purchase ONE hard copy of the text at additional cost).  This text provides the most up-to-date and comprehensive coverage of clinical procedures and issues encountered in contemporary emergency care in Australia and New Zealand.

Written by leading academics and clinicians, this fully revised and updated edition follows the patient’s journey from pre-hospital retrieval to definitive care. With a strong focus on multidisciplinary care, this evidence-based emergency and trauma resource will appeal to pre-hospital care providers, rural, remote and urban emergency nurses and allied health professionals, as well as disaster management and interfacility transport staff.

  • Essential concepts are covered in a logical order, commencing with:
  • An introduction to emergency professions and professional issues
  • Clinical and health systems
  • Patient presentations ordered by body system as well as toxicology, envenomation, ocular, environmental emergencies and unique population groups
  • Major trauma assessment and management and end-of-life care information and considerations.

Emergency and Trauma Care for Nurses and Paramedics 2e continues to be the pre-eminent resource for students preparing to enter the emergency environment and for clinicians seeking a greater understanding of multidisciplinary care from retrieval through to rehabilitation.

Key Features

  • A cultural safety approach is included throughout – addressing cultural diversity, beliefs and values and focusing on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and Mãori health
  • Essentials outline the main points addressed in each chapter
  • Practice tips throughout assist with communication skills, procedures and assessment
  • Case studies are supported by questions and answers to encourage active learning
  • New online resources available on Evolve, including over 30 new case studies with paramedic-specific questions.

New to this Edition