Membership FAQ's

To help answer your most frequently asked questions, we have compiled this list. It includes:

Membership

  1. Can I call in or send you my credit card information, but not use PayPal?
    • At this time, we ask that you use your credit cards or a PayPal account if you wish to pay online. To pay by mail, please download the membership application from the membership page and submit it with a check to ATHNA, c/o Mette Riis, Treasurer 1169 Northridge Court, Golden, CO 80401.
  2. What do I get for my $40?
    • All the benefits of membership are listed on the Join ATHNA page on our website. And we will be adding more as membership grows...
  3. Can I pay for several years at once?
    • We offer Lifetime Membership for $250.00.
  4. Will you have conferences? A newsletter? A journal? A blog?
    • At this time, we will not be sponsoring conferences or a journal, but we will be alerting ATHNA members to other professional meetings and sharing peer reviewed articles of note to travel health nurses. ATHNA offered a newsletter to members from 2010 - 2014. The newsletters are archived on the website for members only. Starting March 2016, ATHNA started offering a blog where you will find engaging, concise posts from a variety of fellow nurses in the field of travel health.
  5. Do you offer an exam?
    • No, we do not. As yet, travel health nursing is not a recognized nursing specialty within the United States.
  6. Do you offer a certification?
    • A goal of our association is to seek recognition through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). To date, ATHNA has completed three of the required four steps for professional recognition. Once we are an ANCC nursing specialty, we can decide if we want to create our own certification. The mechanism for certification has not been formulated as yet and most likely would be by professional portfolio, not a written test.
  7. How will ATHNA keep me informed about its activities?
    • We will be communicating in the "Members Only" Section. Please keep checking there for latest news and updates. We will also be sending e-mail notifications and newsletters, providing updates in our "Announcement" box on the home page, and posting on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn (see links on home page).
  8. I would like to network with other travel health nurses. Does ATHNA publish a membership directory?
    • ATHNA has a membership directory in the "Members Only" Section.
  9. How do I get in touch with ATHNA?
    • Contact info@athna.org for questions about the organization. ATHNA will respond to your inquiry within two weeks. ATHNA cannot respond to inquiries regarding patient care.
  10. Does ATHNA have speakers for a travel health presentation?
    • Speakers are available to present on Travel Health. Please use the above email if you are interested.

Education Issues

  1. When will ATHNA start offering CE programs for members?
    • We will be offering CE programs this year. Keep checking our website for dates and details.
  2. How do I apply for a scholarship to attend a travel health conference?
    • Active members who will present a poster or oral presentation at a professional meeting will be eligible to apply for a Travel Well travel grant. For more information, see the Grants page.

Practice Concerns

  1. Will you answer clinical questions if we have any?
    • Unfortunately, we cannot. ATHNA cannot accept the potential liability of giving clinical guidance, nor do we have the current "nurse power" to reply to individual clinical emails. In the future, we do hope to offer educational content on our website that will address common pre-travel questions.
  2. I would like a professional position in travel health nursing. How do I locate job opportunities?
    • Please check the Travel Health Nurse Job Postings link on our website. We have some excellent suggestions for nurses eager to provide travel health care. Also, many nurses find travel health nursing positions by contacting public health, academic, and occupational health care employers. Consider seeking employment at one of the travel clinics listed on the CDC yellow fever directory (www.cdc.gov/travel) or the ISTM clinic listing (www.istm.org,).
  3. Do you know about courses or academic programs for nurses who want to enter this field?
    • Right now there are no specific academic programs at U.S. or Canadian nursing schools that prepare travel health nurses. Every year, however, there are conferences and CE programs offered by different organizations. Abroad, there are certificate and degree programs in Glasgow and London. Check the "What's News?" Box and view Courses and Conferences on our home page for announcements of upcoming offerings.
  4. Can I visit one of your sites?
    • We are sorry, but at the present time, ATHNA is not set up for on-site mentoring or training.

Taking an Active Role

  1. 1. How can I get more involved in ATHNA? Join a committee? Join the Board?
    • Each year, when filling out the membership application/renewal, there is an opportunity to volunteer to participate on a committee, task force or other initiative. ATHNA will send an e-mail notification when a position on the Board of Directors becomes available.
    • You can also contact info@athna.org.
  2. Can I donate to ATHNA?
    • Yes, we are a 501C3 nonprofit organization - and you may donate to our organization. Thank you! Donations are tax deductible and may be sent to ATHNA, c/o Mette Riis, Treasurer 1169 Northridge Court, Golden, CO 80401

ATHNA, ISTM, and ASTMH

  1. What is ISTM?
    • ISTM is the International Society of Travel Medicine. It has members from around the world and supports a nursing professional group. To learn more about this group go to their website at www.istm.org.
  2. What is ASTMH?
    • ASTMH is the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. It has an active travel medicine section and nurses are eligible to join. For more information go to their website at www.astmh.org.
  3. How is ATHNA different from ISTM?
    • ATHNA is a nursing association solely devoted to fostering the growth and professional development of travel health nursing in North America. ISTM is an international organization for all professionals engaged in travel medicine, including physicians, pharmacists, researchers, and governmental officials from around the globe. Nurses are eligible to join both groups.
  4. Is ATHNA part of ISTM or ASTMH?
    • No, ATHNA is a separate entity chartered in the United States.
  5. If I join ATHNA should I still join ISTM or ASTMH?
    • We encourage all persons practicing travel health to join any organization that will support your career and increase your professional knowledge and skill.