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.
2021 NED: Networking, Education and Development
First Webinar: Rabies Counseling: FAQ's in the Pre-Travel Encounter
Annually, as a member benefit, ATHNA offers a unique opportunity for professional development in travel health nursing. Usually offered as small group meetings at members' homes around the country, the 2021 series will, of necessity, be scheduled monthly via Zoom. Registration is now open for the February 24, 2021 session and ATHNA members will soon receive their email invitation with more program details and a registration link.
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
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...
National Forum on COVID-19 Vaccine
Are you working on COVID-19 Vaccine implementation? Learn strategies for building trust around vaccination at the National Forum on COVID-19 Vaccine , February 22-24. Check out the agenda and register today....
Karl Neumann, MD
Dr Karl Neumann is well known to many of us in travel health nursing. Karl is a pediatrician very active in travel medicine, a longtime friend of ATHNA, and the author of the very popular and helpful web newsletter Kids Trav Doc.
We have learned that Karl has contracted Covid and now is in the hospital. Unfortunately, we have no more details, but we are sure Karl would appreciate hearing from many of us. If you want to wish Karl a rapid and full recovery, please send your message to Dr. Karl Neumann at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.