About CENA


The College of Emergency Nursing Australasia (CENA) is the peak professional association representing emergency nurses. CENA represents approximately 1,400 nurses nationally and internationally. 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.

Full Membership is open to all registered nurses and enrolled nurses.  Associate Membership is available to medical and paramedical professional who wish to subscribe to the purpose of the College. All members are required to abide by the CENA Constitution and by-laws.


CENA's mission is: To foster excellence in Emergency Nursing practice.


The leaders for emergency nursing: A leader of emergency care.

Aims & Objectives

  • To define and promote the standards of emergency nursing practice
  • To initiate and support relevant nursing research and evidence based practice
  • To define and promote the education and specialised skills of emergency nurses
  • To communicate with educational, scientific and professional bodies (local, national or international) which are involved in or associated with emergency healthcare or associated disciplines
  • To provide the nursing perspective on emergency healthcare issues
  • To publish educational materials, newsletters, journals and other writings in respect of emergency nursing
  • To foster collegiality among emergency nurses
  • To establish and maintain a national membership of emergency nurses
  • To support and promote the activities of the State Branches
  • To engage in any other activity and do all such other acts in accordance with the laws of Australia and this Constitution as may be incidental or conducive to the promotion or carrying into effect of the objectives of the College
  • To provide leadership, representation and support for emergency nurses to promote optimum practice and challenge existing boundaries
  • To promote equity of access for members to the College’s services and forums
  • To participate in the discourse on emergency health care standards and practices to promote optimal health care, safety and advocacy for our patient population


As the peak body representing emergency nurses, CENA frequently receives requests to provide a representative to professional and government committees and working parties addressing issues related to emergency care and service provision in emergency departments.

This has included:

  • Health Workforce Australia Extended Scope of Practice for Emergency Nurses project
  • Australian College of Nursing & Allied Health Scholarship & Support Scheme Advisory Committee
  • COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Review Taskforce
  • Emergency Care Clinical Network Review of Emergency Triage Education Kit
  • National Department of Health Stakeholder Bushfire Briefings, 2020

In addition CENA is regularly asked to provide comment about policies and reports compiled by professional and government agencies, which includes:

  • National Health Performance Authority inaugural report
  • Independent Hospital Pricing Authority project
  • The Australian Council on Healthcare Standards and Clinical Indicator Report, and
  • Safer Care Victoria, Caring for people displaying acute behavioural disturbance, 2020

CENA is represented by Professor Julie Considine on the Australian Resuscitation Council. CENA is also represented on many branch councils of the Australian Resuscitation Council – please contact the Branch President in your State/Territory for further details.