International Society of Travel Medicine
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Nursing

Steering Council:

Chair: Catherine Keil, Australia

Catherine KeilNurse Practitioner MN(NP) RN BSc(Hons) Dip TM(RCPSG) CTH® FFTM (ACTM) Catherine is a Nurse Practitioner in Travel Health and Immunizations and consults from the Barossa, South Australia. She has over 25 years’ experience in travel medicine including working for Emirates Airline in Dubai for 10 years where she was instrumental in setting up a travel health clinic for the crew and families. In 2006 she completed the Diploma in Travel Medicine from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Glasgow, UK, and in 2014 completed the ISTM Certificate in Travel Health. In 2019 she became a Fellow of the Faculty of Travel Medicine (FFTM), Australasian College of Tropical Medicine and is the past Chair of the Travel Health Nurses of Australia and New Zealand (THNANZ) group. She is the current Chair of the ISTM Nurses Professional Group Steering Council.

Chair-Elect: Tara Lombardo

Tara LombardoRPN, CTH Tara has a thirst for knowledge and passion for educating others about a variety of health conditions. Especially enjoys spreading knowledge of immunizations, travel related illness and disease prevention. While providing education to her patients, she designs webinars and information hand outs to interdisciplinary healthcare team members. Partnered with pharmaceutical companies to provide continued learning opportunities and encouragement for nursing colleagues to grow their knowledge around immunizations and patient education. She is a Registered Practical Nurse Manager at Dawson Travel & Immunization Clinic, graduated from the RPN program at Conestoga College in Kitchener, Ontario, in May 2005. Upon completing 6 years as a psychiatric nurse at the preeminent Homewood Health Centre in Guelph, Tara transitioned to Travel Medicine with Medisys Travel Health. During her period with Medisys she was fortunate to train under world-renowned Tropical Medicine and Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Jay Keystone. Since 2014 she has completed multiple travel medicine upgrade courses including the McGill University Clinical Tropical Medicine course in 2018. In 2019 Tara received ISTM Certificate in Travel Medicine. The International Nurse Association recognized Tara’s contributions and accomplishments in the field by awarding her the Top Registered Practical Nurse & Travel Nurse in Ontario 2016. She is so honored to be apart of the NPG committee and looks forward to meeting and encouraging her fellow nurse colleagues to the fascinating world of Travel Medicine!

Immediate Past Chair: Caroline Nash, Australia

Caroline Nash

RN, BN, MPHTM, Grad Cert IPC, FACTM, FFTM ACTM Caroline is a Registered Nurse who works for Aspen Medical, an Australian-owned global provider of healthcare solutions as Manager Clinical Strategy. She has postgraduate qualifications in Public Health, Tropical Medicine, Infection Prevention and Control, Travel Medicine, and Immunisation practice. Caroline is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Tropical Medicine (FACTM), a Fellow of the Faculty of Travel Medicine (FFTM ACTM) and a member of the Travel Health Nurses of Australia and New Zealand (THNANZ) steering committee. She has studied tropical medicine internationally and has a special interest in Rabies, having co-authored a Rabies awareness brochure for travellers. Caroline has undertaken international deployments to West Africa, Europe, Asia, and the Pacific. She is passionate about educating travellers and health professionals about all aspects of travel medicine.

Council Person: Lisa Scotland

Lisa ScotlandKia Ora, I am Lisa Scotland, a Travel Nurse Specialist based in Palmerston North New Zealand. I have a special interest in Women’s Health and Sexual Health and this often coincides with my travel consultations. I am a Director of Worldwise Travellers Health and Vaccination Centre in Palmerston North and Whanganui, New Zealand. I have specialised in Travel Medicine for the last 18 years.

I have been fortunate enough to have travelled to many parts of the world for both work and pleasure and this has only increased my passion for travel and Travel Medicine.

I attend as many overseas conferences as I can to expand my knowledge furthermore, I sat and passed the Certificate in Travel Medicine Exams at the ISTM conference in 2017. In 2018 I attended the Northern European Travel Conference in Stockholm and the ACTM Conference in Brisbane.

I am an authorised Yellow Fever Vaccinator through the New Zealand Ministry of Health, initially I was one of three nurses on a pilot scheme in 2016, I was actively involved in the consultation and advisory process with the New Zealand Ministry of Health for nurses to become Yellow Fever Vaccinators. Following this in August 2017 policies were put in place for this to begin.

My focus is to provide travellers with knowledge to enable them to make informed choices and enjoy their travel as much as possible.

I enjoy passing on my knowledge to people within the industry, nurses, doctors, businesses and the general public so they can inform and advise our travellers appropriately.

I am a member of the New Zealand Society of Travel Medicine, an active member of the Worldwise Group of Travel Medicine Specialists in New Zealand. In 2018 I was awarded a Fellowship of the Australasian Faculty of Tropical Medicine. I am a current council member of the ISTM Nurse Professional group.

In 2015 I was co-author involved in the writing of the ‘The Practical Compendium of Immunisations for International Travel’ Chapter 10 The Last-Minute Traveller.

Nursing has a pivotal role in Travel Medicine in the teaching, education and providing advice for our travellers. Although challenging at times, it is a rewarding career with a diverse scope of practice.

Alexandra Stillwell, United Kingdom

Alexandra StillwellAlexandra’s interest in travel medicine first started during the decade she spent as a Practice Nurse in a single-handed general practice in Central London. As a Staff Nurse at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases, London she gave travel health advice in the Travel Clinic and triaged ill returning travellers in the Outpatients Department.

In 2002 she joined the team at the newly opened National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC). Her role includes advising health professionals on the Telephone Advice Line, writing clinical articles for the NaTHNaC websites (Travel Health Pro and Yellow Fever Zone), surveillance of global disease outbreaks, teaching, research and promoting travel health via social media.

Alexandra was a Steering Committee Member of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Travel Health Forum from 2004 – 2009, is a Member of The British Global and Travel Health Association and founding Fellow of the Faculty of Travel Medicine, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. In 2016 she was honoured to be awarded the title of Queen’s Nurse by the Queen’s Nursing Institute (one of only two specialist Travel Health Nurses) for promoting best practice and educating/supporting colleagues.

Publications include collaborating with colleagues on two editions (2007 and 2012) of the RCN publication for career and competence development of travel health nurses.

Outside of work she enjoys swimming, fitness training, cinema/theatre/concerts and of course travelling!

Bhawani Khadka, Nepal

RN, CTH® Clinical Research Nurse Bhawani has 16 years’ experience in travel medicine. She has been working at CIWEC Hospital travel Medicine Centre as a Clinical research Nurse and Vaccine In-charge. ISTM member since 2012 and obtained Certificate in Travel Health (CTH) in 2016. Member of Nurses Professional Group Steering Council since 2022. Clinical Research Nurse (January 2014- present) for the following studies with AFRIMS (Armed Forces research Institute of Medical Sciences) and WARUN (Walter Reed AFRIMS Research Unit Nepal);

From July 2019 - to the present, "Surveillance and Characterization of Multidrug-Resistant Organisms (MDRO) at CIWEC, Nepal"
April 2019 – March 2022, "Etiology of Acute Febrile Illnesses in Foreign Travelers and Expatriates in Kathmandu and Pokhara, Nepal"
March 2016 - November 2022, "Epidemiology of Acute Gastrointestinal Illness and Clinical Outcomes in Travelers to Nepal"
January 2014 - November 2014, "Epidemiology of Diarrhea and Post Infectious Sequelae in Travelers to Nepal"
 
Publications:
Dengue serotype characterization during the 2022 dengue epidemic in Kathmandu, Journal of Travel Medicine, 2023
https://doi.org/10.1093/jtm/taad034
Traveler's Diarrhea in Nepal - Changes in Etiology and Antimicrobial Resistance, Journal of Travel Medicine, 2019
 

Outside of work she enjoys swimming, fitness training, cinema/theatre/concerts and of course travelling!


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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