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.

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ICEN 2016

International Conference for Emergency Nurses (ICEN) to be held from the 19th to the 21st of October 2016. The conference is being held in Alice Springs marking the first time ICEN has been held in the Northern Territory and in a rural location.

Our theme “Emergency Care: Expanding the Horizon” aims to explore the innovation, adaptation and perseverance of delivering emergency care in challenging environments. The ICEN 2016 subthemes include:

  • Access and delivery of emergency care in austere, rural and remote areas;
  • Innovative models of emergency care delivery;
  • Patient focused care delivery in vulnerable population groups.

ICEN 2016 will also have a strong social program intended to bring colleagues and friends together to share in the beauty of outback Northern Territory. The conference one million star dinner will be the main feature of the social program giving delegates a very unique experience in Alice Springs.

Visit the website for more details.

CENA Strategic Plan

The Board of Directors is pleased to announce the launch of the inaugural strategic plan for the College of Emergency Nursing Australasia. This plan was developed during 2014 and 2015 based on the engagement of an independent consultant, considered discussion of the Board, and consultation with some College Fellows and Members. 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

Webinars are back in 2016!



Tools & Toys – new devices in the ED



The Problem with Oxygen



Death By Nature: When being inside is a safer option


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Important Information/Updates/Advertising

Notice of the

2016 CENA Annual General Meeting

To be held in the MacDonnell Room A/B, at the Alice Springs Convention Centre, Alice Springs

 1.00 – 2.00pm, Friday 21st October, 2016

You are hereby invited to attend the 2016 AGM of the College of Emergency Nursing Australasia Ltd.  If you are unable to attend, and wish to vote on matters raised at the AGM, you may complete a proxy form and return it to the CENA National Office no later than close of business on Friday 14th October 2016.
228 Liverpool Street, Hobart, TAS 7000  national@cena.org.au

Download 2015 AGM Minutes

Download Proxy Form

Notice of Resignation of Auditor

Members are hereby advised that John Frances Watty has resigned as the Auditor for the College of Emergency Nursing Australasia.  His resignation has been formally accepted by ASIC.

Bentleys Tasmania Audit Pty Ltd is now recognised by ASIC as the legal auditor of the College of Emergency Nursing Australasia.

If members have any questions or concerns regarding this matter, please contact national@cena.org.au or call (03) 6231 2722





Registered Nurse (Several Vacancies)

Tasmanian Health Service
Department of Emergency Medicine
Royal Hobart Hospital


Salary: $59,600 – $81,563 p.a. plus superannuation and access to salary packaging

The Tasmanian Health Services is offering several opportunities for Registered Nurses interested in working at the Royal Hobart Hospital’s Department of Emergency Medicine. This role presents a great opportunity to practice at a beginner to expert level with a supportive multidisciplinary emergency department team. Joining the Royal Hobart Emergency Department Team, you will provide high quality nursing care, aimed at improving patient health outcomes.

Assessing individual patient needs, you will plan, implement or coordinate appropriate service delivery from a range of accepted options. You will also provide support and guidance to newer or less experienced staff, Enrolled Nurses, student nurses and other workers providing basic nursing care.

The Royal Hobart Hospital is the largest hospital in Tasmania. Committed to maintaining and improving the health and well-being of the people of Tasmania, it provides a comprehensive range of high quality, accessible hospital and related services and has an excellent nursing professional development program.

To find out more about this exciting opportunity, please contact Tony Bradley by calling (03) 6166 8425 or email tony.bradley@ths.tas.gov.au

Applications close Friday 16 September 2016.

Vacancy No: 516244

Apply online at www.jobs.tas.gov.au

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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Webinar: The Problem with Oxygen | Tuesday 6 September

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FREE Webinar: Death By Nature: When being inside is a safer option| Tuesday 11 October

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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.

ACN is a key national professional nursing organisation with a focus on nursing leadership and is open to nurses in all settings and at every stage of their career.
The Australian Resuscitation Council is a voluntary co-ordinating body which represents all major groups involved in the teaching and practice of resuscitation.
Representing the interests and promoting the speciality of Emergency Nursing.

Malta Emergency Nurses' Assoication