President's Message Fall 2022

President's Message Fall 2022

As the leaves have fallen here in the Northeast, cooler weather is upon us and the holiday season is here. It is flu clinic season and Covid-19 booster clinic season, so we know that many of our members are extremely busy this time of year. That's why we want to make sure that you are aware of the many helpful sections of the ATHNA website. If you have not already checked out the Educational Resource, it is a must see! There is a wealth of educational material in an interesting format designed to make learning fun and not rote. We continue to provide updated information in a shorter format through our blog, Travel Bytes. If any of our members are interested in writing, we are always looking for contributions to these features and the website.

Please explore our updated members-only content. In the expanded Membership Portal look for regular additions of clinic tools i.e., forms that may be useful in your practice; a listing of travel health courses and conferences; a career center for employers to post jobs and members who are seeking employment; and a printable membership certificate to hang in your office. A travel health nursing glossary and model core curriculum for our specialty can be found there as well. And if you are a new member, we have added a New Member Checklist to help you benefit from all that ATHNA has to offer.

We will continue to keep you informed with monthly Constant Contact messages. Our new Communications Committee is working on internal and external communications. In the past year ATHNA has renewed its commitment to advocacy – an example can be seen in our letter to the CDC about the need for more ID training for monkeypox administration (on the ATHNA homepage).

In response to the revised ACIP guidelines for Rabies PrEP, ATHNA has received a grant from Bavarian Nordic to develop an on-demand educational program on rabies prevention. It will include FREE CE, including pharmacology credit, and will be available on our learning management system (LMS) first quarter of 2023. It is our hope that our LMS will become a popular and improved educational method to help our members keep current and meet their professional development goals.

Despite the Covid pandemic, ATHNA membership continues to grow monthly, and we are now approaching 3000 members! Remember- our membership is free, so encourage your colleagues to join. This summer we added 4 new directors, expanding the current board to 15 members representing diverse geographical locations, educational backgrounds, and occupational settings.

If you have not already purchased a copy of our Travel Health Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice, you can access it here. Please help us promote its use with your fellow colleagues. This text is now the standard of care for travel health nursing in the United States and no Travel Health Clinic should be without it!

During this holiday season, please remember you can support ATHNA while also shopping for family and friends. There is no added cost to you and Amazon makes a small donation to ATHNA with each purchase. Use this link for your Amazon Smile purchases:

Please stay safe and enjoy the season!

Sandy Weinberg, ATHNA President