The Westchester Course Returns- An 9 session Zoom format course in travel health fundamentals will be offered twice weekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 to 9:30AM ET starting April 4 and ending May 2. Nine CNE credits will be awarded upon completion of the series. The content is suitable for nurses new to travel health as well as those seeking a refresher after three years of Covid. The course will be recorded, includes some required readings and quizzes, and slide sets will be provided. The course fee is $350. If interested, please contact Gail Rosselot email@example.com for full details. Registration is strictly limited and begins March 18, 2023.
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The Westchester Course has developed over a number of years in response to a recognized need among health professionals who provide travel health services to diverse population groups. The course is specifically designed to address the process and content of the pre-travel consultation and includes not only content about immunizations, malaria, altitude illness and other non-vaccine preventable health and safety issues, but also information about practice management, legal issues in travel health and professional development. In response to the publication of Travel Health Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice, 1st ed., the ATHNA Model Core Curriculum Guide, the Code of Ethics of Travel Health Nursing, and CDC guidelines, the course also provides an introduction to all these relevant standards of care.
Most clinicians are self-taught in this growing field. Many health professionals have added travel health services to their primary professional role- in private practice, college health, occupational health, ambulatory care, community health, etc. To date, no formal program for travel health education exists within a U.S. academic setting. Over the years, health professionals have looked to conferences, texts and journal articles for their basic and advanced learning needs in this field.
The Westchester Course has been organized to prepare health professionals to provide quality pre-travel care. It is an intensive short course program. The syllabus is updated for each offering to include current CDC and WHO guidelines.
Who might benefit from this program? Attendees come from different practice settings across the U.S. and Canada. Course content is designed to meet the educational needs of professionals at many levels of travel health practice. Previous participants have included nurses, NPs, PAs, MDs, pharmacists and travel health administrators. Over the years practice managers, physicians about to start a practice, health educators, NPs new to the field, and nurses new and experienced have all found the course beneficial. Course content reviews the process and fundamental knowledge of pre-travel health and addresses important practice challenges in diverse settings (e.g. taking an immunization history, selecting an anti-malarial agent, expatriate and other long-stay issues, short-notice / “spur-of-the-moment” travel, travelers with special health needs, promoting cost-effectiveness, practice marketing, keeping current, answering the phone, etc.). The syllabus includes an updated bibliography for further learning.
The Zoom course is accredited for 9 nursing CNE credits.