Most people would be considered lucky to have produced one good thing in the world; Dr. Jensen has produced hundreds!
Because of her dedicated time, generosity, and passion, she has not only enriched the lives of those around her, but she has created a better world by passing her extraordinarily vast knowledge and compassion to multiple generations for them to in turn share with the world.
Karen Jensen joined CSUCI from her prior faculty appointments which included Mount St. Mary’s College, Los Angeles where she was Assistant Chair of the nursing program and Assistant Vice President and Director of the HOPE Health Options Program of Education and the Dean of the graduate programs. She had been Coordinator of Health Sciences at Moorpark College where her responsibilities included Nursing, Radiological Technology and Emergency Medical Technician –B. While at Moorpark College she initiated the collaborative program with St. John’s Regional Medical Center and St. John’s Pleasant Valley for the St. John’s Partners in Caring Program. This eighteen month program takes employees of the St. John’s hospitals and educates them in the Moorpark College Nursing program.
Dr. Jensen was awarded a Ph.D. and M.S.N from UCLA. Her undergraduate BSN is from Marquette University Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her teaching and research interests include curriculum development, issues in health care delivery systems and gerontology. Her dissertation focused on Stress and Coping of Alzheimer’s Caregivers and was awarded a Grant from the National Institute for Health. Her nursing work history includes over twenty year experience in critical care, cardiac care and home health.
For her lifetime dedication to nursing and educating future nurses, we honor Dr. Karen Jensen with the 2017 Daisy Award.