International Society of Travel Medicine
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Nursing

Steering Council:

  • Chair: Heather Connor, Canada
  • Chair-Elect: Caroline Nash, Australia
  • Immediate Past Chair: Sue Ann McDevitt, Unites States of America
  • Ruth Anderson, Australia
  • Catherine Keil, Australia
  • Lisa Lynch Jones, United States of America
  • Jutarmas Olanwijitwong, Thailand
  • Danielle Peel, Australia
  • Lisa Scotland, New Zealand


Welcome to the Nursing Professional Group (NPG) page on the ISTM Website. The NPG Council views this site as one of several ways to communicate with ISTM nurses on a regular and ongoing basis. We want this website to be relevant to your professional needs and interests-in both travel health nursing and ISTM.

The Nursing Professional Group Nurses are on the frontline as travel medicine practice expands worldwide. This group aims to provide leadership on all aspects of travel health in the global nursing community. We provide support to ISTM nurse members and take a strategic lead in the professional development of the nursing practice in travel health medicine. Current and new nurse members of the ISTM automatically become members of the NPG.


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NPG Charter

The overall aim of the Nurse Professional Group of ISTM is to provide leadership on all aspects of travel health in the global nursing community, to show commitment and support to ISTM nurse members, and to take a strategic lead in the professional development of nursing practice in travel health medicine.


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Goals of NPG Membership

The Nurses Professional Group (NPG) represents nursing within ISTM and provides opportunities for international networking and professional development. Our NPG Goals are: 

  • Represent the interests of nurses within the ISTM, first and foremost
  • Demonstrate the value of nurses in travel medicine while encouraging collaboration with all other health care professionals in the field
  • Recognize the outstanding leadership among ISTM nurses through an established awards program
  • Advocate for the continued integration of nurses within the activities of the ISTM, such as conferences, educational needs and research
  • Promote nurse membership in the ISTM and seek global representation of nurse members
  • Collaborate with other international nursing groups for the professional advancement of travel medicine nursing

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Conference

16th Conference of the International Society of Travel Medicine (CISTM16), 5-9 June 2019, Washington DC, United States of America. The NPG will be presenting two (2) workshops.

  • “Destinations South East Asia: An Overview with Case Studies" Wednesday, 5 June, 2019 13.00 – 15.30
  • “The Imperfect Travel Health Consultation” TBA

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Nursing Awards Program

Distinguished Nurse Leadership Award

The Distinguished Nurse Leadership Award pays special tribute to a nurse who has advanced the Travel Medicine profession through long and distinguished service in one or more of the following professional activities: clinical practice, education, research, quality improvement, mentoring, and/or professional development.

The recipient will receive registration to the 16th Conference of the International Society of Travel Medicine (CISTM16) in Washington DC, United States of America in June of 2019 and will be presented with a certificate of recognition at the Nurses Welcome Reception held at the CISTM16.

Eligibility

  1. The candidate must be formally recognised as a nurse in their home country.
  2. The candidate must have been a member of the ISTM for a minimum of 5 years and the Nurse Professional Group for at least 2 years.
  3. The candidate should have demonstrated outstanding leadership in the field of Travel Health.

Criteria for Selection

  1. Nominees will demonstrate leadership and will be a role model for nurses in travel health.
  2. They will demonstrate adherence to standards of practice appropriate to their job position and work setting.
  3. There will be evidence of continuing professional development (formal or informal).
  4. They will be an advocate for evidence based travel health practice.
  5. The recipient will agree to give a presentation at the Nurses Welcome reception during the CISTM. 

Nomination Process

  1. Candidates can be nominated by a colleague or may nominate themselves.  In either case a professional colleague who is also an ISTM member must support the nomination.
  2. The completed nomination forms must be submitted electronically by 15 February 2019 to Jodi Metzgar of the ISTM Secretariat at jmetzgar@ISTM.org.
  3. The applications will be anonymised and assessed by the NPG Awards Selection Panel consisting of 2 NPG members and an additional ISTM member.
  4. The successful nominee will be notified in March 2019 and a certificate will be presented at the Nurse Welcome Reception at the CISTM16. 

To submit a nomination please download the nomination forms here.

Emerging Nurse Leader Award

The Emerging Nurse Leader Award will pay special tribute to a nurse who is new to our specialty and is already making important and significant contributions to nursing practice, research, education, mentoring, or community service in travel health.

The recipient will receive registration to the 16th Conference of the International Society of Travel Medicine (CISTM16) in Washington DC, United States of America in June of 2019 and will be presented with a certificate of recognition at the Nurses Welcome Reception at the CISTM16.

Eligibility

  1. The candidate must be formally recognised as a nurse in their home country.
  2. The candidate must have been a member of the ISTM and the Nurse Professional Group for at least 2 years.
  3. The candidate should have been practicing in the field of travel health for at least 2 years and no more than 5 years. 

Criteria for Selection

  1. Nominees will demonstrate significant contributions to travel health through their activities either through innovative practice or via educational or research accomplishments.
  2. They will demonstrate adherence to standards of practice appropriate to their job position and work setting.
  3. There will be evidence of continuing professional development (formal or informal).
  4. They will be an advocate for evidence based travel health practice.
  5. The recipient will agree to give a presentation at the Nurses Welcome reception during the CISTM. 

Nomination Process

  1. Candidates can be nominated by a colleague or may nominate themselves.  In either case a professional colleague who is also an ISTM Member must support the nomination.
  2. The completed nomination forms must be submitted electronically by 15 February 2019.
  3. The applications will be anonymised and assessed by the NPG Award Selection Panel consisting of 2 NPG members and an additional ISTM member.
  4. The successful nominee will be notified in March 2019 and a certificate will be presented at the Nurse Welcome Reception at CISTM16. 

To submit a nomination please download the nomination forms here.


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Current Nursing Research

The NPG Steering Counsel is committed to supporting nurses who participate in research in the field of Travel Health/Medicine. The below article demonstrates the work of Jutramas Olanwijitwong, currently a member of the steering council . If any NPG members have research they would like us to share please submit it to Heather Connor.

Thailand: Jutramas Olanwijitwong

My name is Jutramas Olanwijitwong (Nueng). I am currently working at the Thai Travel Clinic in the Hospital for Tropical Diseases, Faculty of Tropical Medicine, Mahidol University in Bangkok Thailand. I obtained by Bachelor’s Degree of Nursing (Magna Cum Laude) at Assumption University in Thailand. I later went on to obtain a Master’s Degree of Tropical Medicine at Mahidol University, graduating in 2015.

The Thai Travel Clinic where I work provides comprehensive medical care for both Thai and foreign travellers. Our services include pre and post travel counselling, recommendation of travel vaccines, malaria protection and prophylaxis, as well as diagnoses and treatment of tropical diseases. As a registered nurse, part of my job is to provide general health screening, counselling, nursing care and also communications through emails to both Thai and foreign travellers. Our team is also always trying to improve and develop new tools to help enhance the quality of care we give our travellers.

As part of a university hospital, education and research are other important roles of our clinic. In this capacity I also work with the research investigation team. Many nurses think of research as being very hard to do - like a bitter pill to swallow! I also thought this because I had never participated in a research project and didn’t understand the process. Therefore, I tried to learn by reading many books and websites, but it wasn’t until my boss gave me the opportunity to participate in his research that I gained an understanding.

My first participating research “Risk of Possible Exposure to Rabies Among Travellers from Developed Countries, in SE Asia” was accepted to present at CISTM12 in Boston, USA in 2011. I was mainly involved in data collection which was taken from foreign travellers around the world who were visiting South East Asia. From this study I learned a lot about data collection and difficulties that can arise especially dealing with different cultures.

One year later I had been involved with two more studies as co-investigator; one was accepted at APTHSCP in Singapore and another was accepted to publish in The Southeast Asian Journal of Travel Medicine and Public Health.

Currently I have five publications, two of which are in the Journal of Travel Medicine (JTM):

In my opinion, research is not as hard as one might think but to understand it you must try! All  published research can be found on pubmed.com.