At its most recent meeting, the ATHNA Board unanimously elected two nurses to three year terms as Directors. As their profiles attest, these women bring to our organization years of diverse nursing expertise as well as a strong commitment to our specialty. Candace has been very active in occupational health serving as a key member of AAOHN and Jackie has years of experience teaching global health topics at the West Virginia course. Both nurses will be very involved in our 2018 membership campaign. We welcome Candace and Jackie to the Board!
Candace Sandal DNP MBA APRN-CNP COHN-S FAAOHN
Home: Newark, Delaware
Employment: Health Services Manager and Continuing Education Coordinator, The Dow Chemical Company
Favorite destinations: Caribbean, Vancouver, Alaska, Florida
How did you get involved in travel health: I accepted an occupational health nurse practitioner position and began to prepare employees for business travel. I was fascinated by the depth and breadth of information needed to ensure a worker was sufficiently ready to meet the challenges of international travel.
Why are you an ATHNA member: I joined for the learnings and the expertise provided on the website, in the educational sessions and by the members themselves. I stay for the collective goal of assisting travelers to the best possible travel health care.
Free time: Being a Gigi to my 3 month old granddaughter, teaching at a local university and volunteering at AAOHN and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.
Jacqueline Mier RN,BSN,CTH(r)
Home: Morgantown, West Virginia, USA
Employment: Retired-Co-Director of the West Virginia University International Travel Clinic; Faculty, the West Virginia University Global Health Program-Travel Health Module of the Summer Tropical Medicine Course
Favorite Destination: Anywhere my Family or Friends are-Botswana, Frankfurt, Panama, Colombia, New England-and Kayaking in West Virginia
How did you get involved in ATHNA: I became acquainted with ATHNA and attended some of their receptions through the ISTM Congresses. I was always impressed with the knowledge and enthusiasm of ATHNA members. Finally joined in 2017 and wish I had joined much earlier!
Why are you an ATHNA member: I want to work for Travel Health Nursing to gain acceptance and recognition within the Nursing Profession as a specialty. In my career I have struggled to find CE courses for my specialty and financial returns recognizing my knowledge and experience. Specialty designation will make it easier for nurses entering the field to find pertinent continuing education, clinical support and financial rewards commensurate to their knowledge and skill set. I find that ATHNA strives to provide a wondrous and practical resource for the Travel Health Nurse.
When you have free time: I garden, pick berries, Kayak, walk the rail trail with our dog, Ace, watch the sunset from my little hilltop, and of course, travel.