The American Association of Travel Health Nurses (ATHNA) celebrated its 15th anniversary as a not-for-profit nursing professional organization in June 2019. Representing more than 1500 members from every U.S. state, many Canadian provinces, and some international nations, ATHNA members practice in a multitude of clinical settings to provide care to travelers during all stages of trips to all destinations.

The purpose of this Fact Sheet is to provide some quick answers to Frequently Asked Questions about ATHNA.

To learn more about the history of ATHNA, please refer to the document History of the American Travel Health Nurses Association on the ATHNA website.

To learn more about travel health nursing as a specialty, please refer to the document Travel Health Nursing Fact Sheet on the ATHNA website.

What is ATHNA?

ATHNA is the professional association for any nurse who prepares international or national travelers for their journey. Currently, ATHNA offers free membership to any professional nurse who wishes to join. ATHNA advocates for nurses in this specialty and promotes professional development and standardized, quality care for every traveler on every journey. ATHNA provides its members with a number of special benefits including an annual Networking Education and Development Day (NED) and TravelBytes.

What is a NED?

ATHNA sponsors a unique, free networking and educational opportunity for its members every summer in multiple locations simultaneously across the United States. Providing up to five continuing education credits, this popular alternative to traditional, annual large conferences is called a NED. Meeting content focuses on updates in important travel health nursing topics as well as opportunities for the discussion of clinical, administrative and professional issues. In June 2019, ATHNA hosted a national meeting in Washington DC in conjunction with its 15th anniversary as a professional association. Although conference attendees support another national conference for 2020, ATHNA plans to return to the regional NED format that reduces time away from work, limits travel costs and promotes local networking.

What are TravelBytes?

ATHNA offers a peer reviewed blog, TravelBytes, on its website that addresses current topics and challenges in travel health nursing. Through the year at least four of these blogs also offer continuing education credit. Look on the ATHNA homepage for this regular feature.

How does ATHNA communicate with our members?

ATHNA's website is updated regularly to keep our members informed about organizational activities and important developments in travel health nursing. ATHNA also subscribes to Constant Contact and members receive monthly email updates as well. ATHNA routinely posts on Facebook and Twitter.

How does ATHNA promote professional networking among its members and other travel health professionals?

ATHNA offers members several ways to connect with other professional nurses who provide travel health care. Every year ATHNA presents a NED: Networking, Education and Development clinical conference. These unique day- long gatherings are held in various locations around the country and provide members with face- to- face contact to increase knowledge and information sharing in travel health nursing. ATHNA also sponsors a Q&A column "Ask Us Anything," a peer reviewed website feature that answers member questions sent in to Content is also archived and retrievable for the membership as needed. Regularly, ATHNA offers informal networking get-togethers at many of the national and international conferences attended by U.S. travel health nurses including the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, International Society of Travel Medicine, American Association of Nurse Practitioners, American College Health Association and American Association of Occupational Health Nurses. Many ATHNA members also hold positions in these other associations, strengthening the exchange of up- to- date travel information among the groups. If you attend any of these meetings, be sure to look for ATHNA notices on our website, in your email, and at the conferences.

How do I get in touch with ATHNA?

Contact for questions about the organization. ATHNA will respond to your inquiry within 5 business days. Unfortunately, ATHNA cannot respond to specific inquiries regarding individual patient care. We do address clinical issues in our blog TravelBytes and our monthly Q&A "Ask Us Anything".

Does ATHNA have speakers for a travel health presentation?

Speakers are available to present on travel health nursing content. Please use the above email if you are interested in contacting a speaker for an educational event.

What is ATHNA's role in entry level education and continuing education for travel health nursing?

ATHNA has addressed both of these important issues. For more information about entry level education for travel health nursing practice or opportunities for travel heath nursing continuing education, please see our Educational Preparation for Travel Health Nursing Fact Sheet on our website and also the ATHNA Model Core Curriculum.

How does ATHNA benefit employers?

Travel health nurses provide care to national and international travelers in any number of clinical settings including occupational health units, colleges and universities, private travel health clinics, hospitals, the VNA, government offices, the military and more. Through its various web publications and CE offerings, ATHNA helps employers to provide more standardized care to all their employees and improve the overall quality of travel health care delivered. This can result in improved patient satisfaction and mitigate risk.

ATHNA offers employers free job postings in our CareerCenter on this website. Members can also post for desired positions nationwide. In addition, many nurses find travel health nursing positions by contacting public health, academic, and occupational health care employers. Consider seeking employment at one of the travel clinics listed on the CDC yellow fever directory ( or the ISTM clinic listing (

How can a professional nurse take an Active Role in ATHNA?

Each year, ATHNA sends out notices for open positions on its Board of Directors as well as opportunities to join our GO-Teams to work on time limited projects relevant to the development of travel health nursing and ATHNA goals. Members will receive these announcements in their email and see them posted in the Members Only section of our website.

Members are encouraged to get involved in ways that meet their professional and educational needs. We know travel health nurses are all very busy. At any time members can contact to get more involved with ATHNA or to share an idea for a project or ATHNA initiative.

Yes, we are a 501C3 nonprofit organization - and anyone may donate to our organization. Thank you! Donations are tax deductible to the extent of the law and may be sent to ATHNA, c/o Mette Riis, Treasurer 1169 Northridge Court, Golden, CO 80401. Donations can also be made directly on our website.

Is ATHNA affiliated with ISTM, ASTMH, ACHA, or AAOHN?

ATHNA is a stand -alone, not-for profit, professional nursing organization incorporated in the United States to support the professional development of travel health nursing and its members. It is independent of other organizations that support travel medicine in this country and around the world. ATHNA works cooperatively with many professional groups including the International Society of Travel Medicine, the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, the American College Health Association, the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses and others on shared travel health projects, issues, interests and efforts. Many ATHNA members choose to belong to more than one association that supports travel health. We encourage all our members to join any professional organization that will support their career goals and increase their professional knowledge and skills for quality travel health nursing care.

ATHNA's Code of Ethics

ATHNA has developed a Code of Ethics for the practice of travel health nursing based on the ANA Code of Ethics for professional nursing. ATHNA encourages all its members as well as all travel health professionals to adhere to this Code. As an organization, ATHNA is an independent voice for the professional development of travel health nurses and for quality care of all travelers.

Additional Questions about ATHNA?

Please write to if you have other questions, comments or concerns about our organization and member benefits. We welcome your messages.

Updated: August 2019