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Jean Vallance Lecture in Nursing Innovation

April 9, 2021 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

This endowed lecture series honors Jean S. Vallance, RN, CRNP, a thirty-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 associated dean in the College of Health and Human Development and retired as professor emeritus of human development in 1983. Their daughter, Mary, is a Penn State Nursing alumna and nurse practitioner. In honor of Jean and in support of the Nursing program, the family established this lecture as a way to share nursing innovation and insight with current and future nurses.

Guest Lecturer

Elizabeth Schenk, PhD, MHI, RN-BC, FAAN
Executive Director of Environmental Stewardship, Providence St. Patrick Hospital and Assistant Research Professor at Washington State University College of Nursing

“Passion Drives Change: Environmental Stewardship in Health Care”

Program Schedule

2:30 – 2:40 pm          Dean’s Welcome
2:40 – 3:00 pm          Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing Sustainability Update
3:00 – 3:05 pm          Introduction of guest speaker
3:05 – 3:50 pm          Presentation (recorded)
3:50 – 4:10 pm          Q&A (live)
4:10 – 4:30 pm          Closing remarks

Contact Hour for Registered Nurses

This event is projected to offer 1.0 contact hour for Registered Nurses.

Penn State Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.


April 9, 2021
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm


Nese College of Nursing named a National League for Nursing Center of Excellence