Our Mission

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

Our Goals:

  1. Advance the profession of Travel Health Nursing in North America.
  2. Serve as a resource for individuals who provide care to international travelers.
  3. Assist nurses to keep current regarding recommendations and emerging travel health issues.
  4. Promote communication and networking among Travel Health Nurses across North America.
  5. Facilitate the adoption of ATHNAs Scope and Standards of Care in Travel Health Nursing.
  6. Partner with organizations with a shared commitment to promote the health and safety of travelers.

Travel Health Nursing is a growing nursing specialty devoted to the care of the international traveler.


ATHNA Board Vacancy and Exciting New Fall 2017 Initiatives Updated September 2017

At its 8/25 meeting the ATHNA Executive Committee opened a search for a new director and announced four new initiatives for this fall. An unexpected opening gives a travel health nurse eager to advanced our specialty an opportunity to join our Board. In September ATHNA will launch its long awaited Blog CE program.

2017 NED Update: Another Successful Event

Four members hosted our third annual day of Networking, Education and Development. This year's sites included NY, MD, TN, and CA. See the Members Only section for details. We have lots of great photos, our resource list, and some of the travel health updates shared at this year's day long event. Start planning to join us in 2018 for NED 4.0!

Blog CE-New!

This month we introduce our new, ongoing program to offer members free CE from time to time. We encourage everyone to read TravelBytes; now some of these blogs will include AANP CE credit for members. Our first CE accredited content addresses LARCs- contraception options that can be especially helpful for any woman traveler, including a woman at risk for Zika. Read the blog and learn how you can qualify for credit...

A Request to the American Nurses Association (ANA)

This month the ATHNA Board of Directors sent a request to the American Nurses Association (ANA) to formally recognize Travel Health Nursing as a distinct nursing specialty. Once we achieve this recognition, we will move ahead with our petition to the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to create a certification-by-portfolio program. To read the letter sent to ANA...

What's News


Immunize Canada has recently re-launched its website in a more mobile-friendly format, and invites everyone to check out the following new features:

  • Fully responsive for hand-held devices
  • Clean new design
  • Updated content
  • Easy navigation
  • Fully bilingual (English/French)
  • More resources to promote immunization

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