Jean Vallance Lecture in Nursing Innovation
About the Vallance Lecture
This endowed lecture series honors Jean S. Vallance, RN, CRNP, a 30-year State College resident who helped design and organize the Family Planning Clinic, later known as Family Health Services, to bring low-cost health care to women in central Pennsylvania. Jean was among the first nurses in Pennsylvania to be registered as a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner.
Her husband, Theodore Vallance, was a former associate dean in the College of Health and Human Development and an avid supporter of the Nursing program. Their daughter, Mary, is a Penn State Nursing alumna and nurse practitioner. Following her father's sense of pride and commitment to Penn State and her mother's love of nursing, Mary Vallance Franco established this lecture as a way to share nursing innovation and insight with current and future nurses.
Past Speakers and Topics
"Revolution of Higher Education and Innovations in Nursing Education"
Pamela R. Jeffries, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, ANEF
Professor of Nursing, Vice Provost of Digital Initiatives, and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow
Johns Hopkins University
"Improving Health Care Quality and Patient Outcomes with Evidence-Based Practice and ARCC"
Bernadette Melnyk, Ph.D., RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FNAP, FAAN
Dean of the College of Nursing, associate vice president for health promotion, and chief wellness officer, The Ohio State University
"Evidence, Intuition, and Rituals: Why We Do What We Do"
Joanne Disch, Ph.D., RN, FAAN
Clinical professor, University of Minnesota School of Nursing
"Technology Use in Patient Care"
Marjorie Funk, Ph.D., RN, FAHA, FAAN
Professor, Yale University School of Nursing
"The Transitional Care Model: Translating Research Into Practice and Policy"
Mary D. Naylor, Ph.D., RN
Marian S. Ware Professor in Gerontology and director, New Courtland Center for Transitions and Health, University of Pennsylvania
"Looking Back to Move Forward: What Nursing Has Accomplishsed in Recent Decades That Should Energize Us to Greet the Future With Optimism"
Angela Barron McBride, Ph.D., RN, FAAN
Distinguished Professor and University Dean Emerita, Indiana University School of Nursing
"HIV and Women in the United States and in Resource-Poor Settings"
Barbara Smith, Ph.D., FACSM, FAAN
Professor and associate dean for research, University of Maryland, Baltimore
"Translation: Partnering for the Benefit of Individuals, Families, and Communities"
Catherine Lynch Gilliss, D.N.Sc., RN
Dean and professor, Duke University School of Nursing; vice chancellor of nursing affairs, Duke University Health System
"Safe Womanhood in a Challenging Global Environment"
Dr. Afaf Meleis
Professor and Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania
"Building Diverse Relationships in Education, Research, and Practice"
Dr. May Wykle
Dean and Florence Cellar Professor of Nursing, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University
"From Silence to Voice: What Nurses Know and Must Tell the Public"
Health care journalist, author, and nurse advocate