Caring for the Critical and Ventilated COVID-19 Patient in the ED

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Important Message from the Executive Director – COVID-19 | Postponement of Events

Dear Members

Given the evolving situation with COVID-19, the CENA Executive have made the decision to postpone our face to face education, CENA TNP, and social activities through to the end of September 2020.

This decision reflects the safety measures of avoiding non-essential meetings of critical workforces, and helps to protect the health and safety of our members, their health services, and the patients therein.

At a national level, online CENA Education, CENA Research, and the AUEC Journal are unaffected, and we intend to increase our online educational offerings, to continue to support our members during this difficult time.

Given the long lead time to ICEN, the conference is scheduled to proceed as planned and is likely to be a particularly important gathering based on the events of 2020 to-date.

The general operations of CENA and the activities of the Board and the Secretariat are not affected.

CENA National and CENA Branches will continue to issue updates to members.

We know this is a particularly busy time for our members, and we thank you for all that you are doing for the safety of our community.

Please look after yourselves and your colleagues.


Assoc. Prof. Julia Morphet
Executive Director, CENA

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.

Novel CoV information for front-line healthcare workers

Information current as at Friday 21st February

The Australian Government Chief Medical Officer and Department of Health have prepared information for health workers regarding the novel coronavirus originating in Wuhan, China (2019-nCov).

Additional resources can be found on the Department of Health’s website, including posters that can be used in health facilities and factsheets that can be provided to patients.

Please note that as this is an evolving situation and these documents will be updated in the coming days and weeks. Ensure you reference back to your local health services for procedures that are in place for your organisation.

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.  Visit the website for more information and to register.

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

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ASM 2020

Our practice, our systems, our knowledge and most of all, our people are all pushed to the limit.

Drawing on expertise unique to Australia’s capital, Canberra’s ASM 2020 will focus on providing solutions to the issues we face in our frenzied lives. What can we learn from patients, elite athletes, international aid coordinators, or military experts? We are designing a program that will inspire, provoke and unite. We are designing a program that will change your practice. We hope it might even change your life.

For those of you who think Canberra=politics=boredom, we have got a surprise in store for you. Canberra’s food and drink scene is eclectic, award winning and dare we say it – cool. We will be making use of all of our incredible outdoor precincts to help you let loose, unwind or recharge in our innovative workshop and social program.

How can you adapt, survive and thrive in an increasingly busy world?

There’s only one way to find out.


Registered Nurse (502169) (DEM)
Tasmanian Health Service
Burnie, Tasmania

Salary: $63,468 – $86,857 p.a. pro rata plus superannuation and access to salary packaging


The Tasmanian Health Service are looking for suitable qualified and experienced Registered Nurses to join our Emergency Department team at the North West Regional Hospital on an ongoing (permanent) basis. With full or part time options available, there is scope to negotiate working hours with the successful candidates.


As a Registered Nurse you will strengthen health outcomes through the provision of safe quality, clinically appropriate nursing care in partnership with patients/clients, their families and other health professionals.


The Emergency Department at the North West Regional Hospital is the Regional referral hospital for the North West of Tasmania and sees approx. 28,000 presentations per year. The ED is a 16 bedded department with a fast track and EMU attached, and sees all presentations including major trauma. We have a fantastic team of nurses and doctors committed to providing a high level of clinical care.



We offer:


  • Tailored orientation to the unit, working with Clinical Nurse Educators
  • Support for ongoing professional development
  • An inclusive and supportive team environment
  • Access to salary packaging


While this vacancy offers you a diversity of work experiences, it’s not all work and no play.  Life in North West Tasmania offers an enviable lifestyle with affordable real estate, stress-free commuting, quality education system and locally available childcare places. Add to this the convenience of being only a short flight from Melbourne and easily accessible world heritage wilderness and pristine beaches on your doorstep; with us you can have it all.


Applicant should address the selection criteria listed within the attached statement of duties



To find out more about this exciting opportunity, please contact Lacie Chatwin by calling

(03) 6493 6337 or email:

To review the statement of duties and to Apply: visit


Applications close:  5th April 2020

Vacancy No: 502169

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.