Excellence in Emergency Nursing
One of NENA’s core objectives is the provision of professional development opportunities for emergency nurses. NENA and its partners collaborate on the design and presentation of specialty courses. The courses are offered across Canada by NENA certified course instructors.
To learn more about individual courses, and regional schedules, select from the categories below.
NENA is proud to offer a module-based learning program designed to assist you in preparing to write the Canadian Emergency Nursing Certification exam (ENC(C)). This program is free for all NENA members, and follows the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) emergency nursing exam blueprint. You can access the modules by logging into your NENA account.
ENC(C) Exam information
For information on the exam, important dates, CNA resources, and to register for the exam please visit the CNA certification page.
CNA – Infographic | CNA – Infographie >
CNA – Certification Important Dates | CNA – Certification Dates importantes >
CNA – Certification Preparation | PRÉPARATION À LA CERTIFICATION DE L’AIIC >
NENA firmly believes in importance of ENC(C) certification as a standard of excellence in emergency nursing. NENA supports members by offering bursaries for initial certification and renewal.
NENA Certification – Bursary | Certification – Bourse >
CNA – Certification Position Statement | Certification en soins infirmiers d’urgence CSU(C) >
CTAS is a tool that enables Emergency Departments to:
Prioritize patient care requirements
Examine patient care processes, workload, and resource requirements relative to case mix and community needs
The triage level assigned using the CTAS criteria is a mandatory data element to be used in all Canadian Hospital Emergency Departments for reporting to the Canadian Institute for Health Information
CTAS allows ED nurses and physicians to:
Triage patients according the type and severity of their presenting signs and symptoms
Prioritizes patients when emergency department capacity has been exceeded
Ensure that a patient’s need for care is reassessed while in the Emergency department
CTAS allows ED managers to:
Measure the case mix (volume and acuity) of patients who visit the ED
Determine whether the ED has an operational plan and the resources to meet patient needs
Assess the ED’s role within the hospital and health care region
For more information on CTAS, contact us CTAS – NENA.
Course Administration | Administration des cours
For information on course availability, costs, start time, etc. click on the name of the Instructor listed in the 3rd column to send an email directly to the instructor for the course.
|Date||Location||Instructor Contact||Course Type||Course Format|
|17 Sep 2023||Vancouver, BC||Cristine Graham||Participant||In Person.|
|20 Sep 2023||Midland, ON||Karla Trewin||Participant||Virtual course only.|
|27 Sep 2023||Strathmore,AB||Sara Phillips||Participant||Virtual course only.|
|21 Oct 2023||Virtual||Sara Phillips||Participant||Virtual course only.|
|25 Oct 2023||Midland, ON||Karla Trewin||Participant||Virtual course only.|
|30 Oct 2023||Chilliwack, BC||Debbie Hendley||Participant||Virtual course only.|
|7 Nov 2023||Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre||Rob Martin||Participant||Virtual and In-Person.|
|9 Nov 2023||Midland, ON||Karla Trewin||Participant||Virtual course only.|
|12 Dec 2023||Chilliwack, BC||Debbie Hendley||Participant||Virtual course only.|
Instructors, to access course documents click CTAS – NENA.
Click to see TNCC course schedules and contact the instructor by email.
Developed by the Emergency Nursing Association, TNCC is the premier course for hospitals and trauma centres worldwide. TNCC empowers nurses with critical thinking skills, and scenario–based, training for:
Rapid identification of life-threatening injuries
Comprehensive patient assessment
Enhanced intervention for better patient outcomes
Registered nurses are the only health care providers eligible for TNCC verification. Non-RN licensed healthcare providers who work in an emergency setting can participate in the written and skill station testing portion of a TNCC Provider course. The non-RN licensed healthcare provider who attends the provider courses will receive a certificate of attendance with the appropriate number of nursing Contact Hours awarded, but will not receive a verification card or verification status.
Click to see ENPC course schedules, and contact the instructor by email.
In many instances, preventable pediatric deaths are the result of delayed recognition and treatment by emergency department personnel where proper intervention may have prevented these outcomes.
ENPC provides emergency department personnel with the knowledge and tools needed to prepare for pediatric patients, following the Guidelines for Care of Children in the Emergency Department created by ENA, AAP and ACEP.
Registered nurses are the only health care providers eligible for ENPC verification. Non-RN licensed healthcare providers who work in an emergency setting can participate in the written and skill station testing portion of an ENPC Provider course. The non-RN licensed healthcare provider who attends the provider courses will receive a certificate of attendance with the appropriate number of nursing Contact Hours awarded, but will not receive a verification card or verification status.
ENPC is a 16-hour course designed to provide core-level pediatric knowledge and psycho-motor skills needed to care for pediatric patients in the emergency setting. The course presents a systematic assessment model, integrates the associated anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology, and identifies appropriate interventions. Triage categorization and injury prevention strategies are included in the course content.
ENPC is taught using a variety of formats including, online learning, lectures, videos, group discussion and hands-on skill situations, in a risk-free setting.
Highlights of ENPC include:
Completing an observational or across-the-room assessment
Identifying subtle changes that indicate deterioration
Developmental approach to pediatric care
Cultural considerations in pediatric care
Pain assessment and management for children
Techniques for family-centered care