Courses & Conferences
ATHNA shares this list for information purposes only and does not endorse any of the programs. Nurses will want to contact the conference organizers directly for all details and relevance to their professional educational needs. Members are encouraged to inform us of other programs for posting on this website.
The 20th International Congress for Tropical Medicine and Malaria (ICTMM) postponed in 2020, will be held on October 2022 at the Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre (BITEC), Thailand. The ICTMM is one of the largest tropical medicine conferences in the world, bringing together thousands of researchers, experts, policymakers, stakeholders, and international authorities in the field of tropical medicine and malaria. Date: October 24 - 28, 2022 Place: Bangkok, Thailand. More information at https://ictmm2020.org/
71st Annual Meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH), 30 October - 3 November 2022, Seattle Washington, United States of America. www.astmh.org/annual-meeting
The Westchester Course Returns- Virtually In response to many requests, Gail Rosselot will offer another two sessions of her course in travel health fundamentals. If you have an interest in a Zoom format course to run this summer, please contact Gail directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. The content is suitable for nurses new to travel health as well as those seeking a refresher after two + years of Covid. There will be an option to earn 12 CNE credits.
Wilderness Medicine Society- multiple CME 2022 and 2023 conferences in Santa Fe and Big Sky. Dates and contact information at https://wilderness-medicine.com/
18th Conference of the International Society of Travel Medicine (CISTM18) 21-25 May, 2023, Basel, Switzerland The 18th Conference of the ISTM will be the largest international meeting bringing together physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and public health professionals from academia, government and the private sector who are committed to the promotion of healthy and safe travel. This will be a hybrid conference where participants can attend virtually or in-person. The theme is: "Dawn of a New Era in Travel Medicine." www.ISTM.org/CISTM18
Support U.S. Certification for Travel Health Nurses
With the 2020 official recognition of travel health nursing by the ANA and now the publication of the foundational text for our specialty, Travel Health Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice, 1st edition, the ATHNA Board of Directors is ready to achieve its next goal for our profession: the achievement of U.S. certification.
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 not established 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. Acceptance of these alternatives by employers and academic institutions is mixed at best.
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 in 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.
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, final professional goal.
ATHNA is tax-exempt under Section 501(c) (3) of the US Internal Revenue Service and is registered with the NY State Charities Bureau.
ATHNA Crossword Returns
Over the years, ATHNA has periodically offered a crossword for our members. With the soaring popularity of Wordle and the spinoff Worldle (https://www.washingtonpost.com/video-games/2022/02/16/wordle-spin-off-worldle-creator-antoine-teuf) we thought it the right time to start publishing our puzzles again. This crossword features general travel health terminology- some of it quite new. Vocabulary in our field is always changing. See if you know these terms. It can be challenging. Good Luck!
To access the puzzle, go to: https://mycrosswordmaker.com/1034164
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.