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.

Top Reasons you love being an Emergency Nurse

We recently asked you, our CENA members, what you love about being an Emergency Nurse and received so many great responses. With the challenges faced on a daily basis it’s great to be reminded of what we love about our job. Some of these things included the team, the challenge, making a difference, having to adapt and learning.

Thank-you to everyone who took the time to enter the Membership Competition! To choose the final winners we selected our favorite responses (had to be under 25 words) and then randomly selected three.  Congratulations to Julie, Tracey and Kerry.  Here’s what they said…

Post Graduate Discounted Membership Promotion

In recognition of the commitment postgraduate nursing students’ give to our profession, CENA would like to offer current students enrolled in a postgraduate program (with content pertinent to emergency nursing) a discounted* membership to the College.

* Strict conditions apply. 

Click HERE for more details

Click HERE to download a promotional flyer

ICEN 2019

Invitation to attend

The conference committee extend a warm welcome to all emergency nurses to attend the 17th International Conference for Emergency Nurses (ICEN) for the College of Emergency Nursing Australasia (CENA) to be held from 16th – 18thOctober 2019 at the Hilton Adelaide, South Australia.

The 2019 theme is EXPAND. EXPLORE. EXCEED.

We look forward to welcoming you and your colleagues to the 17th International Conference for Emergency Nurses. Visit the website for further details

CENA Strategic Plan 2018 – 2020

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

2019 Webinar Topics & Dates

March 5

Pitfalls of septic shock

May 7

Challenging cases in paediatric emergency care

May 28

Hypovolaemic Shock – Its is not a short pause before death


Trauma Tasmania 2019

Theme: The Next Big Thing
Date: Saturday, 1 June 2019
Where: Medical Science Precinct, University of Tasmania, Hobart
Website: Trauma Tasmania 2019
Registration Link: Registration

In our 3rd successful year, Trauma Tasmania Symposium will look at the health response to multi- casualty events. Speakers from Australia and around the world will use their expertise, reflect on their experience, examine the evidence, and describe what makes a difference when clinicians and health care systems are confronted with multiple casualties.


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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Registered Nurse (514514) – Emergency Department

We are seeking motivated and experienced Registered Nurses for the Emergency Department at the Mersey Community Hospital. We are looking for passionate nurses who deliver the greatest quality of care and will collaborate with members of the multidisciplinary healthcare team.

The Tasmanian Health Service is an innovative and dynamic organisation dedicated to improving the health and well-being of the community; committed to providing the highest levels of healthcare and services.

Work Location – Mersey Community Hospital, NW Tasmania

Period of Appointment – Multiple Permanent, Shift Worker (fully rotational) positions working up to 76 hours per fortnight. Notwithstanding hours may be negotiated with the successful applicant.

Closing Date – COB June 17th, 2019

How to apply –

To apply, please click on https://careers.pageuppeople.com/759/cw/en/job/1025710/registered-nurse-514514-emergency-department

Download Statement of Duties


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Who are we looking for?

We are seeking motivated and experienced Registered Nurses for the Emergency Department at the Mersey Community Hospital. We are looking for passionate nurses who deliver the greatest quality of care and will collaborate with members of the multidisciplinary healthcare team.  It is expected that within the dynamic multidisciplinary team, you will contribute to a strong professional team approach through open communication and a positive supportive environment.

Reporting to the Nurse Unit Manager, you will contribute to the health outcomes of your patients through excellence in practice, fostering a learning culture, excellent communication skills and working effectively within a multidisciplinary team.

Do you have?

  • Current Registration
  • Experience in Emergency Nursing
  • Sound interpersonal and communication skills
  • Knowledge of Emergency Department skills including Resus and Triage
  • Sound interpersonal and communication skills
  • Knowledge of continuous quality improvement
  • Ability to undertake client education

What can we offer?

  • Flexible work/life balance
  • Attractive Salary Package
  • Dynamic team environment
  • Commitment to ongoing professional development

Please note that access to the Grade 4 salary range is subject to successful application for progression to Grade 4

Essential Requirements

  • Registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia as  a Registered Nurse.
  • The Head of the State Service has determined that the person nominated for this job is to satisfy a pre-employment check before taking up the appointment, on promotion or transfer.  The following checks are to be conducted:
  1. Conviction checks in the following areas: a) Crimes of Violence, b) Sex Related Offences, c) Serious Drug Offences, d) Crimes involving dishonesty
  2. Identification check
  3. Disciplinary action in previous employment check.

Closing Date – COB June 17th, 2019

How to apply –

To apply, please click on https://careers.pageuppeople.com/759/cw/en/job/1025710/registered-nurse-514514-emergency-department

In order to be considered for this position it is a requirement that you address the selection criteria which are located in the Statement of Duties.

For more information

Lynn Sims
Phone: 03 6478 5132
Position: NUM – Emergency Department
E-mail: lynn.sims@ths.tas.gov.au

Better health and quality of life around Tasmania. Visit us at www.ths.tas.gov.au

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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

More information…

CENA Webinars

See website for details of live and recorded sessions

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.