NED 2020: Looking for Summer Hosts & Potential Topics
Next summer, at several locations around the country, ATHNA plans to again sponsor our popular one day regional NED: Networking, Education and Development. Now in its fifth year, the NED program is designed to offer our members a day of small group gatherings for professional networking and continuing education. In the past we have arranged up to four sites on the same day. Hosts provide their homes for the event; ATHNA provides all the rest- the educational program, a facilitator, and funds for lunch and refreshments. The regional NED program is one of our most popular ATHNA benefits.
If you might be willing to serve as a host for up to 10 or 12 members on a Saturday in July or August 2020, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Suggestions for possible clinical topics for the program? Please send them to email@example.com. (And to get an idea of how this informal event is enjoyed by our members, please note the photograph at the top of this homepage, one of the first NEDs held in New York.)
Former Board Member and ATHNA Fellow Achieves Professional Goal
On Friday, 22nd November, 2019, Sue Ann McDevitt was admitted to the Faculty of Travel Medicine, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Glasgow. This penultimate honour was the result of years of study, clinical practice, developing curricula, and educating medical staff in the specialty practice of Travel Medicine. The ceremony was held at the University of Glasgow's magnificent Bute Hall.
To learn more about this experience in SueAnn's own words...
Cindy Frank: recipient of the Maryland Nurses Association (MNA)
ATHNA congratulates Board member Cindy Frank who recently was the recipient of the Maryland Nurses Association (MNA) "Outstanding Mentoring Award for 2019." This award is given to an MNA member who best demonstrates "by example and through wise counsel outstanding efforts and interest in the professional development and advancement of less experienced nurses." Ms. Frank was presented with a plaque from the MNA at their 116th Annual Conference, on November 14-15, 2019 held at the Sheraton Inner Harbor in Baltimore.
To read excerpts from the supporting documentation for Cindy's award...
Meet Karen (Kaylee) Light MPH, RN
Kaylee received her RN through Labouré College of Milton, MA. During her MPH training in epidemiology and health management she certified in Stanford University's disease prevention program to do community-based research. She has worked with Chronic Disease patients since 2009, and as a Travel Health Nurse close to two years. She is currently advancing her professional development as a Nurse Practitioner with a travel health focus. Kaylee has two daughters starting their careers. In her spare time, Kaylee races sailboats out of Marblehead MA, is a cycling enthusiast and an avid skier...
TravelByte #34: BAT Rabies: Don't Ignore Even the Smallest Bite
According to CDC, rabies in humans is rare in the United States. There are usually only one or two human cases per year. But the most common source of human rabies in the United States is from bats. For example, among the 19 naturally acquired cases of rabies in humans in the United States from 1997-2006, 17 were associated with bats. Among these, 14 patients had known encounters with bats. Four people awoke because a bat landed on them and one person awoke because a bat bit him. In these cases, the bat was inside the home.
Rabid bats have been documented in all 49 continental states. Hawaii is rabies-free. Bats are increasingly implicated as important wildlife reservoirs for variants of rabies virus transmitted to humans.
Recent data suggest that transmission of rabies virus can occur from minor, seemingly unimportant, or unrecognized bites from bats. Human and domestic animal contact with bats should be minimized, and bats should never be handled by untrained and unvaccinated persons or be kept as pets.
ATHNA Book and Journal Club - December 2019
Describing current flu activity in the United States, the CDC announced, "The flu is widespread in 30 states and has caused almost 2,000 deaths this season, including 19 children; rates of infections have doubled in some states since last week."
Each year, as we encounter the annual influenza season here in northern hemisphere, we are reminded that this disease is so much more than the common cold and is capable of killing thousands of citizens of every age. Travel health nurses contribute to the national prevention effort as they remind their patients of the importance of the yearly "flu shot" while responding to the frequent questions and doubts about the value of this immunization.
Although there are a number of books, non-fiction and fiction, that describe the worst flu season in recent history, Gina Kolata's Flu: The Story of the Great Influenza Pandemic is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand the infamous 1918 Spanish Flu. It is also a wake up call for anyone who wonders what pathogen might be the most effective biological weapon.
As part of our ongoing commitment to help keep travel health nursing professionals up-to-date, ATHNA will continue to highlight the latest messages of CDC, WHO, and other national authorities in our What's News column. The monthly ATHNA Book Club is a new regular feature that will focus on additional sources of travel health knowledge and information. Have a good book or article to recommend? Please send your titles to Gail Rosselot, Immediate Past President, firstname.lastname@example.org...
Last June, at the Washington DC NED, Past President Julie Richards gave a presentation on the evaluation of the returning traveler with fever. We share that presentation with you this month and encourage anyone who triages post-travel patients or anyone studying for the ISTM Certificate of Knowledge exam to read through this slide set. And if anyone has any questions, please send them to email@example.com.
ATHNA3000 STRONG MEMBERSHIP DRIVE: December 2019
The ATHNA Membership Team wishes all our members a safe and joyful holiday! In this season of giving, consider extending a gift of a complimentary free ATHNA membership to a Travel Health Nursing colleague through ATHNA.org. Sharing this gift will help spread the mission of the American Travel Health Nursing Association and help make us 3000 Strong.
As a gift to our members, the ATHNA Board of Directors is pleased to extend free renewal of all ATHNA annual memberships through October 31, 2020. Soon all members will receive a letter outlining new member information and expanded features on this website.