Thirty Day Comment Period: Scope & Standards of Travel Health Nursing, 3rd ed.

April 10-May 9, 2019

Effective today, the American Travel Health Nurses Association (ATHNA) is publishing on this website a draft of the 2019 Scope and Standards of Travel Health Nursing, 3rd ed. for public comment. We do this as an important step in our effort to achieve American Nurses Association (ANA) recognition of travel health nursing as a U.S. nursing specialty this year.

The Scope and Standards of Travel Health Nursing describes the specialty of travel health nursing. The Scope provides a comprehensive description of travel health nursing: the who, what, where, when, how, and why of the specialty practice. The Standards guide the practice of travel health nursing and delineate essential competencies for quality nursing care of travelers. The standards serve to maintain safe and proficient clinical and administrative practice as travel health nursing roles and responsibilities evolve.

We are asking our members, other key stakeholders in travel health and nursing, as well as any interested parties in the U.S. and internationally to provide comment on this important document. After thirty days, ATHNA will reconvene the ANA Recognition Working Group to review all submitted comments and revise the document as may be indicated. It will then be submitted to the ANA for their consideration and approval.

Thank you for taking the time to read this document and share your comments. Encourage your colleagues, your travelers and the public to do the same. Your efforts will not only benefit travel health nursing, but also help to better protect the health and safety of travelers and the communities to which they travel and return.

All comments should be sent to Gail Rosselot, ATHNA President at by May 9, 2019 at 11:59pm.

National Nurses Week

Warm wishes to our 1500 members during National Nurses Week!

The ATHNA Board of Directors sends warm wishes to our 1500 members during National Nurses Week!

Every year this celebration ends on the birthdate of Florence Nightingale, undoubtedly the first travel health nurse, given her fame helping soldiers in Turkey fight typhoid fever, brucellosis, and more. Your dedication and commitment to the health and safety of travelers makes this world a better place.

Virtual bouquets to you all!

President's Message

Daffodils are in bloom as I write this in New York. I hope they are soon visible to all our 1400+ members across the country. Many of you are starting to experience the annual "summer travel surge" as more students, tourists and VFRs prepare for travel during our warm weather months. Be sure to take good care of yourself as the stress of pre-travel encounters peaks...

ATHNA is spending this month finalizing plans for the first national NED. Full details about this historic meeting are now posted elsewhere on this website. Still time to register and join your colleagues in DC on June 4! Our program, entitled "Advancing Nurses Critical Role in Global Health," couldn't seem timelier; measles cases in this country continue to escalate in an outbreak started by a returning traveler.

I can also report some very good news. This month the ANA Recognition Working Group is entering the final phase of its multi-year effort to achieve official ANA recognition of travel health nursing as a specialty. Until May 9 ATHNA will be accepting your comments about this newly revised Scope and Standards of Travel Health Nursing. Please take some time to read one or all sections of this draft now posted on our website. Let us know what you really think. This document will serve to define your practice for years to come. When finalized, it will have far-reaching significance in the United States for travel health nursing education, employment, professional development, and legal parameters of practice. After your comments are addressed, we will submit a revised Scope and Standards on May 30 to the ANA Nursing Practice Standards Committee. Then it is time to keep our fingers tightly crossed- as we await-hopefully- more good news...

And for those of you now studying for the ISTM Certificate of Knowledge exam, we have added more content from Candace Sandal, President-elect. In the Announcements Section of the website Candy shares her review of MCQ's in Travel Medicine, a book by Dom Colbert that she has found helpful for preparation.

Wishing everyone a beautiful Spring!

Gail Rosselot

Two Important Goals for 2018-2019

ATHNA is undertaking this one time, unique membership drive to support two important goals for 2018-2019. Your membership is vital, so we can achieve:

  • ANA recognition for the specialty of travel health nursing
  • Low cost U.S. certification for travel health nursing

While you help ATHNA achieve these goals, your Free membership entitles you to all ATHNA Benefits, so please Join or Renew Today.

  • Courses & Conferences - check out the latest courses
  • What's News - we report important travel health updates to keep you current
  • TravelBytes - our frequent blog by travel health experts - What is Disinsection? 9/18 Iguazu Falls 12/14
  • Annual NED - a unique, free CE day for updates offered at multiple U.S sites - 2018 NED 4.0 summary
  • Travel Health Nurses Are Asking - Q & A that answers member questions monthly - send us your question
  • Career Center - members can seek and post new positions
  • Plus Standards and protocols for travel health - a set of the official U.S. Travel Health Nursing Scope & Standards, and more..

Membership Campaign Update - April 2019:

Our Membership Drive has brought so many new members into ATHNA that we are extending the Free Membership through July 2019. Anyone joining ATHNA now can receive the same benefits: free CE, access to our CareerCenter, participation in the DC NED, and more...

This is a very exciting time for our profession, so please encourage your colleagues to join ATHNA during its 15th anniversary year. As the voice of travel health nursing in the United States, ATHNA currently has more than 1400 members. Let's use the coming months to expand our association even more!


TravelByte #30: Winter is Coming (for your Game of Thrones fans) -and so is the Post-Travel Section of the CTH Exam: Ten Resources to Help You Prepare

Do you personally provide the diagnostic workup of a traveler returning home ill? If you are like most nurses, the answer is probably not. All travel health nurses are certainly prepared to provide timely triage for returning travelers, but post-travel disease evaluation and management is not offered at most US travel health clinics....

TravelByte #29: Start Here -ATHNA Syndicated Content

As busy travel health professionals, we at ATHNA understand how overwhelming all the information can be. One can waste a lot of time perusing what seems to be an infinite number of websites looking for the knowledge you need, time you often simply do not have when you are trying to get through a long schedule of complex and challenging travel patients.

We're very practical and pragmatic here so we developed a list of key resources with trustworthy, reliable and appropriately evidenced-based content that we regularly use ourselves to share with our members in an efficient manner in a single spot.

To that end, we have a few key items in the Members Only section of our website. These resources are syndicated, meaning that our site is automatically updated with the most current information from germane sites....

CE Activity: Do you know this man?

For our members who missed out on NED 4.0 this summer, we are continuing to offer some of the continuing education content. In September, we shared a powerpoint presentation on Chagas Disease. Members can still complete that activity and earn 1.0 nursing CE credit. Now we offer a CE activity titled Travel Health Pictionary. It is an image driven educational program for which you can also earn 1.0 CE nursing credit.

Continuing education opportunities for nurses are one of the many benefits of ATHNA membership. We encourage you to take advantage of this free and very valuable ATHNA benefit of ATHNA membership. ...

Should ATHNA start sponsoring a travel program for members?...

Members Only Benefits

ATHNA is committed to professional development, networking, research and advocacy in travel health nursing. We offer our members resources for clinics, CE programs, an annual free conference day, monthly updates, regional contacts, and much more... Join ATHNA and start enjoying the many benefits of membership.

Mission of the American Travel Health Nurses Association

To advance nurses engaged in the care of international travelers through professional development, evidence based practice and advocacy.

Some Suggested Reading for the CTH Exam

Dom Colbert's book, MCQ's in Travel Medicine, is written for those practicing in travel health and/or those preparing for travel health examinations...

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