2021 Nominations: ATHNA Board of Directors

Effective Immediately, Nominations are Now Open for the Position of Director for a 2 year Term That Begins May 31, 2021.

The ATHNA Board of Directors is pleased to announce that the annual Call for Nominations is now open and will remain open until May 15, 2021. Now in its 17th year as the only U.S. professional organization for travel health nurses, ATHNA is committed to the the advancement of the specialty of travel health nursing and the continued development of our nearly 3000 member professional association. During this election cycle, we seek individuals for positions as Directors who are passionate about our specialized practice and eager to interact with leaders in our field. Together we will continue to work to make a difference in the lives of travelers, both domestic and international, and the nursing professionals who care for them.

ATHNA Directors: As one of up to15 members, ATHNA Directors serve for a term of two years and are eligible for re-nomination by the Nominations Committee for up to 2 additional terms (a maximum of 6 years total). Directors are also eligible for election as an ATHNA officer. Directors are expected to support ATHNA through active membership, attend four teleconference board meetings each year, and undertake a pro-active role in developing ATHNA's strategic plan and promoting our organizational mission.

The Nomination Process: Members are encouraged to nominate themselves or other members. Non-nurses with expertise in finance, marketing, communications, legal affairs and fundraising are also encouraged to apply. Candidates are asked to complete an application and return it with an updated CV by May 15, 2021. The Nominations Committee will then meet to review applications and schedule a telephone interview with the candidates. The Nominations Committee will finalize a slate of candidates by June 15, 2021 in preparation for a vote of the full Board of Directors later that month. Following the Board vote, the results of the election will be reported to the candidates and the full membership by email and on the ATHNA website.

Of Particular Note: Having achieved ANA recognition of travel health nursing as a specialty in March 2020, ATHNA intends to embark this fall on the development of a U.S. Certification by portfolio. The next two years will be very exciting for ATHNA, the Board, and travel health nursing. We also plan to communicate to all travel health stakeholders our new Scope and Standards and continue to develop the model curriculum for travel health nursing. In recognition of the changing environment for travel and travel health service delivery post-Covid, ATHNA will continue to advocate for our specialty and our patients as we all face various and new challenges.

Please feel free to contact any member of the Nominations Committee with any questions you may have. We welcome the interest and involvement of all our members in the work and mission of ATHNA. We are your professional organization...

The 2021 Nominations Committee

SueAnn McDevitt, smacdabheid@aol.com
Elaine Rosenblatt, elainer49@gmail.com
Gail Rosselot, Chair, garosselot@aol.com

The American Travel Health Nurses Association (ATHNA) is the professional organization for travel health nurses in North America. ATHNA is committed to professional development, networking, research and advocacy in the specialty of travel health nursing. We offer our members resources for travel health clinics, CE programs, a unique, regional conference day, monthly updates, regional contacts, and much more...

Mission Statement

It is the mission of ATHNA to advance nurses engaged in the care of all travelers through professional development, evidence-based practice and advocacy.

The Specialty

The travel health nursing professional, not to be mistaken for the "travel nurse," is an official ANA recognized nursing specialty. Travel health nursing is defined as "the specialized nursing practice that advances the well-being of all travelers, both domestic and international, in all phases/stages of travel and in all clinical settings." Travel health nurses provide travelers with pre-travel preparation, in transit support, and post- travel evaluation and management as may be needed. By contrast, travel nurses move around the country and supplement staffing at various hospitals during times of peak capacity.

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NED 2021 Webinar #3: Medical Tourism

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

We are excited to announce that our third educational Zoom webinar of the 2021 NED series is now open for registration. Full details and registration for this one hour program on 5/5/21 2-3pm ET are available here. Registration is limited, so please sign-up soon. Not yet a Member? Just sign on here for free membership through 2021 and you are then eligible to register for this important webinar.

The Annual NED Series

Participation in the annual NED (Networking, Education and Development) series is a free, unique benefit of ATHNA membership. Due to Covid-19, the NED series is virtual in 2021, but we hope to return to our regional model of one day simultaneous programs across the U.S. in 2022.

If you seek nursing CE credit for this webinar then we ask for a donation of $20. Information about how to apply for 1.0 CE and make your payment will be shared in registration emails and at the end of the session on 5/5/21.

ATHNA Pandemic Vaccination Clearinghouse

Effective 1/15/2021

The American Travel Health Nurses Association (ATHNA) recognizes the current need for vaccinators to help mount a massive national immunization effort against Covid-19 in this country. To assist in this campaign, ATHNA has established this Clearinghouse webpage. Any agency or organization-public or private- is encouraged to post free of charge available vaccinator positions-full or part time, volunteer or paid- to support local, state and federal vaccination services.

ATHNA members are strongly encouraged to participate in this national effort and post their availability on this Clearinghouse site. If you are not a member and wish to participate, please consider joining ATHNA. Membership is free through December 2021.

To post available vaccinator positions, or as an ATHNA member to post your own availability, please contact sweinbergRN@gmail.com.

  • Available positions are posted under National for organizations with openings in more than one state and by State for positions only in that state.
    For posting, Employers and Volunteer Organizations should identify states where positions are available, whether positions are paid or volunteer, and their contact information.
  • Members' interest and availability contact information will be posted alphabetically by State.
    Members should provide the following information for posting:
    • Your name
    • Your contact email
    • Indicate: full time, part time, or both
    • Indicate: Voluntary or paid positions or both
    • In what state(s) are you currently licensed as a nurse?
    • What is the county and state of your residence?
  • Disclaimer

    All information provided on the ATHNA.org website is provided for information purposes only and does not constitute a legal contract between ATHNA and any person or entity. Listings come from agencies, organizations and individuals, but are not checked or endorsed by ATHNA. Readers are encouraged to carefully research any offering to insure that it meets their professional needs. ATHNA posts vaccinator listings for the convenience of members and potential employers. A posting does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation. ATHNA explicitly makes no representations or guarantees about listings or the accuracy of the information provided.

    ATHNA posts vaccinator opportunities based on the information provided by the employer or organization offering a position. ATHNA makes no guarantee about positions listed and is not responsible for safety, wages, working conditions, or other aspects of employment or a volunteer position. It is the responsibility of each individual to research the integrity of the organization(s) to which he/she is applying and to verify the specific information pertaining to the posting. Members should exercise due diligence and use common sense and caution when applying for or accepting any position.

    Employers and members are encouraged to request reference information from each other as needed to establish qualifications, credentials and overall fit between the employer and the applicant. For privacy and protection when applying to a position online, it is advisable not to give social security numbers or provide credit card or bank account information. All listings are posted at the discretion of ATHNA. We will not post positions that appear to discriminate against applicants on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, age, national origin, disabled or Vietnam Era veteran status, sexual orientation, disability, or gender. ATHNA also reserves the right to refuse to post positions that do not support the interests of our organization.

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Help Us Achieve U.S. Certification for Travel Health Nurses

Last year was a seminal year for ATHNA and travel health nursing when we achieved specialty recognition from the American Nurses Association. Soon the foundational text for our specialty, Travel Health Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice, will be available from the publisher. Now the ATHNA Board of Directors is set to focus on a new and very important goal: the achievement of U.S. certification for our travel health nurses.

As many of you know, there is currently no professional nursing certification for travel health nursing in the United States. Unlike other specialties- occupational health nursing, oncology nursing, ambulatory nursing and the like- travel health nurses have as yet to achieve an equivalent national certification. Lacking a U.S. specialty credential, some nurses have undertaken international or interdisciplinary certificates and courses to demonstrate professional achievement. However, none of these are specific to professional nursing, nor do they confirm knowledge of U.S. standards of care. Now that our specialty has obtained formal recognition in this country, we can proceed to establish a U.S. certification that adheres to the eligibility and renewal criteria consistent with the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). We can achieve equal standing with other U.S. nursing specialties.

ATHNA envisions a certification process that will feature a professional portfolio rather than an examination and we have already initiated contact with organizations that can help us achieve this goal as early as 2022.

But we need your financial support! As you know, during this pandemic crisis, ATHNA has waived all membership dues. We know how Covid-19 has affected so many of you. However, the process for creating a legally recognized professional certification has a cost. And we don't want to wait until this health crisis is over to start the certification process.

Please consider making a donation today to ATHNA's Certification Fund. As a 501(c) (3) organization, your donation is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. No amount is too little. And every donation will help us towards this important professional goal.

Thank you!

ATHNA is tax-exempt under Section 501(c) (3) of the US Internal Revenue Service and is registered with the NY State Charities Bureau.

President's Message

Dear Members,

If we think back to this time last year, no one could ever have imagined what was in store for us during 2020...and it's a good thing. Life as we once knew it turned upside down. We experienced the lockdown, people started working from home and everyone was on Zoom...for work, school, meetings, exercise classes, and socializing. Face masks became a fashion statement and public health terms became part of the vernacular such as social distancing and herd immunity. Now vaccination efforts are in full force across the country and the media is full of messages to remind us to continue our pandemic vigilance with good safety practices.

During these many months, ATHNA has remained on moratorium to allow our Board of Directors to participate in pandemic response activities. However, we have continued to concentrate on some important ATHNA business:

  • We have updated our Bylaws which are posted on the website.
  • In light of the pandemic and its effect on travel, we are maintaining no dues through December 2021 at which time we will re-evaluate.
  • We continue to offer our unique educational activity free to members, the NED (Networking, Education and Development) this year via Zoom. Members will receive emails with details about registration for each event. Each educational activity will be free for viewing, with a small fee for CE credit. Our next program is May 5 on the important and growing issues "Medical Tourism."
  • ATHNA anticipates delivery any day now of the joint ANA/ATHNA publication Travel Health Nursing - Scope and Standards of Practice, First Edition (2021)). We plan to arrange a special virtual book launch in early May to celebrate this milestone in our specialty.
  • We continue to support two important initiatives for 2021: the Vaccinator Clearinghouse to help staff the national vaccination effort and a Fundraising Campaign to develop a U.S. certification for travel health nurses that will be portfolio, not exam based.
  • And as posted on this website, we are now announcing a Call for Nominations. Elections for new directors will take place at the end of June and we are eager to add members passionate about our specialty, our professional organization and our goal for a U.S. certification.

As Spring announces itself in warming temperatures and beautiful, fragrant seasonal flowers, ATHNA continues to wish you peace and joy and the promise that this year we will see an end to this pandemic.

Stay safe and healthy,
Sandy Weinberg, Interim ATHNA President

Announcements

Ask the Experts

If you have not already done so, ATHNA encourages its members to subscribe to the free Immunization Action Coalition's Weekly IAC Express email publication for the latest information about vaccines approved for use in the U.S. IAC is considered an invaluable resource for all nurses in our specialty and the current issue that features new Covid-19 content in the Ask the Experts column is just one example.

Updating Your Immunization Skills / Administering Adult IM Injections

In conjunction with ATHNA's Vaccinator Clearinghouse Initiative, we share these excellent resources for any clinician who wants to update/ refresh their vaccine administration skills. The currently available Covid-19 vaccines are both delivered via the intramuscular route in adults.

Book Review: Do You Provide Health Services to College Students?

Not sure how to prepare study abroad students? Wondering about resources for students with anxiety or eating disorders? Looking for new ways to fund student health services?

Whether you practice within a college health service or care for college students in another setting, the newly published Principles and Practice of College Health is a worthwhile guide for delivering comprehensive quality health services to this population. Just released by Springer, this important text is edited by John A. Vaughn, M.D., Director of Student Health at Duke University since 2013 and Anthony J. Viera, M.D., Chair of the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at Duke.

A Seismic Shift in US Travel Health Nursing: The Achievement of Specialty Recognition and its Implications

Richards JA, Rosselot GA
J Travel Med, Volume 28, Issue 1, 2021, taaa202
https://doi.org/10.1093/jtm/taaa202

Past Presidents Julie Richards and Gail Rosselot recently published an article in the Journal of Travel Medicine about the implications of ANA specialty recognition for Travel Health Nursing here in the US. The Perspectives piece is timed to coincide with the soon to be published Travel Health Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice. According to Julie, "We believe specialty recognition will go a long way to recognize travel health nursing professionalism and promote quality care for travelers and the communities they impact. We hope travel health professionals in all 50 states can benefit." The article details the process for specialty recognition and its benefits, including the opportunity now to establish a U.S. certification for travel health nurses comparable to other U.S. nursing certifications.

ATHNA will feature an article on this website introducing the new Scope & Standards when they become available early in 2021.

Lessons from the Church

By now we all know that conquering this pandemic will "take a village" and in Westchester County, NY organizations are encouraging good Covid-19 practices with a variety of different messages. One local church shared their message about continued mask use this way...

Immunization Action Coalition

The current issue of the Immunization Action Coalition IAC Express is an Ask the Experts Special Edition devoted to questions about mRNA COVID-19 vaccines.Do you have a question about these vaccines? Chances are very good that the IAC expert panel will address your concern and provide an explanation that you can share with your travelers.

What's News

1/27/21

NY Times "Answers to All Your Questions About Getting Vaccinated for Covid-19"

1/13/21

Read Past President Gail Rosselot's NY Times Letter about this important issue and how nurses can respond https://nyti.ms/3pVLjhZ

1/13/21

Immunization Action Coalition establishes dedicated Covid-19 Vaccination webpage with wealth of information, resources, and FAQ's.

1/12/21

CDC has recently offered several excellent educational webinars on the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

To access archived webinars and learn of upcoming programs, go to the COCA website

1/12/21

The NYTimes is providing daily coverage on the pandemic and vaccination efforts in its free dedicated webpage: The Coronavirus Outbreak

1/12/21

Johns Hopkins continues to provide updates on Covid-19 cases, vaccines, and other developments in this pandemic on its Coronavirus Resource Center