Monday, September 18, 2023
Karen Bjøro

Join International Programs for a conversation with University of Iowa alumna Dr. Karen Bjøro (PhD gerontological nursing ‘08), a leader in global nursing and health policy, as part of our Global Alumni Spotlight Series. This virtual event will take place on Monday, October 30, 2023, from 12 – 1 p.m. (CDT) via Zoom. 

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Bjøro will discuss the importance of nurses as they make up the vast majority of the health workforce, and in many countries around the world they may be the only health professional an individual meets during their life. They are a vital piece to attain universal healthcare coverage for all people. However, nurses are often not represented at the policy table where decisions are made. The International Council of Nurses (ICN), of which Bjøro is currently 2nd vice president, has a central role to play in advocating for health for all people and greater investment in the nursing workforce. 

“Our discussion with Karen Bjøro takes on added importance given the imperative for enhanced coordination to combat health challenges facing our planet,” remarked Russ Ganim, associate provost and dean of International Programs. “It is increasingly apparent that disruption due to geo-political, economic, and climate instability has created a need for greater strategic planning to tackle inevitable crises in the global health space.” 

In addition to her work with the ICN, Bjøro has participated at the World Health Assembly and the WHO European Regional Committee on numerous occasions representing ICN—the global voice of nursing. 

“It is an honor for me to be featured in the UI Global Alumni Spotlight Series,” said Bjøro. “This opportunity has made me stop and reflect on the past 40 years of my career in nursing. It has been an exciting journey and I truly appreciate the opportunity to be in the spotlight. I hope my experience can be an inspiration and maybe even excite other nurses to seek adventure and opportunities in global nursing and health policy.” 

Read more about Bjøro here.


About the International Programs Global Alumni Spotlight Series 

The International Programs’ Global Alumni Spotlight Series features in-depth conversations with University of Iowa alumni who have international backgrounds or experiences. This series is designed to bring together current and prospective students, alumni, and the greater Hawkeye community for engaging conversations highlighting diverse experiences and expertise. Join the conversation as we explore global and international topics that cross disciplines, borders, and connect Iowa with the world. 

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Daniel Vorwerk in advance at or 319-467-1619. 


International Programs (IP) at the University of Iowa (UI) is committed to enriching the global experience of UI students, faculty, staff, and the general public by leading efforts to promote internationally oriented teaching, research, creative work, and community engagement.  IP provides support for international students and scholars, administers scholarships and assistance for students who study, intern, or do research abroad, and provides funding opportunities and grant-writing assistance for faculty engaged in international research. IP shares their stories through various media, and by hosting multiple public engagement activities each year.