ICN conference attendees gather for the opening in Seoul (photo by KH Ruetten).
October 2015 • By Jyu-Lin Chen, Jill Howie-Esquivel, OiSaeng Hong, Susan Chapman and Mary Foley

In June, the International Council of Nurses (ICN) and Council of National Nursing Association Representatives (CNR) conference took place in Seoul, South Korea, with the theme “Global Citizen, Global Nursing.” The conference is an international gathering where thousands of nurses explore cross-cultural experiences and build relationships for academic, clinical and research exchanges. 

Five faculty members from UCSF School of Nursing’s newly established Center for Global Health attended the conference – advancing that part of the center’s mission aimed at collaborating with academic and community partners both locally and around the world to promote training and capacity building of their local nurse workforce. Below, the five faculty members describe what they believe are the key takeaways from the conference.

This year’s ICN and CNR conference took place during the height of the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) outbreak in the Republic of Korea. Concerns about MERS infused the conference theme – Global Citizen, Global Nursing – with a heightened urgency, as attendees focused intently on the continued need for expanding global health knowledge among nurses worldwide.

The urgency also deepened our understanding of the absolute necessity of these international exchanges of nursing research, clinical practice and advanced education – as well as the ways US graduate schools of nursing can better contribute to improving population health around the world.


The Dean's Blog | David Vlahov

A June 2015 report from the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found drug overdose is now the leading cause of deaths from injury in the United States. Rural Indiana recently found itself wrestling with an outbreak of HIV among drug users.

These findings and events represent human tragedies; what’s worse is that in many cases, the deaths and HIV transmissions were either preventable or, at least, ripe for mitigation. The problem is that as a country we are still trying to get comfortable with an approach to substance abuse known as “harm reduction.”


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