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.

ICEN 2020

Invitation to attend

The conference committee extend a warm welcome to all emergency nurses to attend the 18th International Conference for Emergency Nurses (ICEN) for the College of Emergency Nursing Australasia (CENA) to be held from 14th – 16 th October 2020 at the Gold Coast Conference and Exhibition Centre, Queensland

CENA Instagram | Is Live !

Thank you to the many EDs for sharing your amazing festive team photos. We will be uploading these to our Instagram – follow us at ColEmergNurseAus and tag us using #CENAorg!

CENA Strategic Plan 2018 – 2020 / 2019 Annual Report

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

Download the 2019 Annual Report

Top Reasons you love being an Emergency Nurse



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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Job Positions | Head of Nursing and Clinical Governance

You will take responsibility for the nursing leadership for this iconic organisation.

  • Advise on clinical governance, quality of patient care and education
  • Provide leadership to Nursing teams
  • Foster a high performing, innovative culture to support transformational change and service delivery.

About the Company

The Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) is one of the largest and most comprehensive, and iconic aeromedical organisations in the world. The RFDS (Queensland Section), has its vision to improve the health of people in remote, rural and regional Queensland, and has been providing aeromedical services to such communities across Queensland for over 90 years.

With its Head Office based in Brisbane it maintains nine operational bases in regional centres across the State, and with the exception of its Longreach office, each has an aviation presence.

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About the role

This role reports directly to the CEO, and as a member of the Executive leadership team the Head of Nursing and Clinical Governance will take responsibility for the nursing leadership in the organisation including service planning. The provision of clinical advice, guidance and consultation are key responsibilities to ensure consistent and safe clinical practice.

This position will be crucial as they drive transformational change to their service and align to their “Towards 100” strategy, through evolving models of care and growth within the organisation.  It is essential they continue to meet the needs of their patient in rural and remote Queensland, whilst driving innovation and contemporary solutions to both critical aeromedical and primary care streams.
You will provide strong management, direction and guidance to clinical service teams and provide expert and authoritative advice on a range of professional nursing and policy issues.

Through empowering leadership, you will develop the capability of the nursing and clinical workforce ensuring their training and accreditation. You will develop and maintain systems to ensure consistent and safe clinical practices and analyse health and service provision data to identify trends and opportunities.

Additionally, your exemplary communication skills will enable you to build and maintain relationships with key client and stakeholder groups.

About the person


To be considered you will have a deep knowledge of nursing practice and clinical governance with significant experience in leading nursing teams, quality system management and providing health services.

You will hold a current registration as a Registered Nurse with AHPRA, relevant qualifications, coupled with commercial acumen with exceptional interpersonal skills.

For more information please contact Gemma Ledbury on 07 3232 9138 or email gemma.ledbury@uandu.com

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About our Emergency Services at Monash Medical Centre, Clayton Health

Monash Health is the largest public health service in Victoria, employing over 18,000 people across a range of specialities.

Monash Health Emergency Departments treat over 150,000 emergency patients a year at Monash Medical Centre Clayton campus, Dandenong Hospital and Casey Hospital. Patients have access to a full range of treatment options, including intensive care.

About the role

We currently have a variety of roles for Associate Nurse (ANM) to join our emergency department. As the ANM you will have the fantastic opportunity to gain exposure to leading a team and help drive the operational requirements and key performance indicators (KPI’s) of the ward, whilst delivering outstanding patient centred emergency care.

Working closely with and assisting the Nurse Manager, the ANM is a clinical leadership role accountable for the clinical outcomes and management of staff and includes working to a rotating roster which includes Night Duty and Weekends.

We currently have multiple roles within our Adult and Paediatric areas with ED highlighted as follows:

  • Adult – part-time ongoing
  • Adult – part-time temporary contract
  • Paediatric – part-time development temporary contract

Please ensure to clearly highlight in your cover letter which area/role you are applying to.

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About You

You are a dedicated registered Nurse looking at further developing your management and leadership skills or you are an accomplished Associate Nurse Manager; either way, you are ready to take this next step in your Career. You lead by example, thrive working in a dynamic, fast paced environment and are truly passionate about delivering a high standard of evidence based nursing care to all patients. You also have an established track history working within either an emergency/acute/critical care setting and passionate about continuing your career within Emergency Services.

You also:

  • have Previous experience in clinical leadership & mentoring role
  • are well respected & highly regarded by peers & colleagues
  • have excellent communication & superior time management skills
  • have a genuine passion & interest in nursing management
  • are also highly motivated & enthusiastic in pursuing an ongoing career in emergency nursing at Monash Health
  • an advocate of Monash Health’s Strategic Guiding Principles

What You Need:

  • Postgraduate qualification in Emergency/Critical care
  • Clinical leadership experience & mentoring a team
  • Current AHPRA registration
  • Recent emergency department clinical experience
  • Relevant working visa if required
  • Relevant qualifications

What is in it For You:

  • A supportive learning environment
  • Avenues to further develop your Leadership skills
  • Mentorship and Career guidance
  • Educational support to further your Acute Clinical Skills & expand your knowledge base
  • Support to attend Conferences and Courses

What We offer:

  • In addition, as an employee of the largest public health organisation in Victoria, you will receive benefits such as Salary Packaging, access to onsite staff car parking and gym, uniform and Employee Assistance Program.
  • access to Monash Health in-house learning portals to further expand your acute clinical skills & knowledge base
  • avenues to further develop your leadership & project management skills
  • mentorship & career guidance
  • support to attend relevant forums & conferences
  • a supportive learning environment, should you wish to undertake postgraduate studies

In addition, you will have access to benefits including salary packaging to increase your take-home pay, access to onsite staff car parking and gym, uniform and the Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

How to Apply

Monash Health recognises the value of equal employment opportunity and is committed to patient safety and promoting fairness, equity and diversity in the workplace. At Monash Health we are relentless in our pursuit of excellence and work to our six guiding principles.

Preferred candidates will require a clear Police Check and a current Working with Children’s Check prior to any offers of employment being made.

As part of our selection process, you may be invited by email to participate in an on-camera video interview.

Please note, applications will only be accepted via the Monash Health online Mercury System – e-mail applications will not be considered.

Search our Facebook community ‘Nursing and Midwifery Careers at Monash Health’ to be part of an online group; keep updated with recruitment tips and opportunities at Monash Health.

Apply NOW to join our dynamic & busy Emergency Department at MMC, Clayton & remember to please clearly highlight in your cover letter which area/role you are applying to.

To view the full position description and to APPLY NOW, click here

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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

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CENA Webinars

See website for details of live and recorded sessions

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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.