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Jean Vallance Lecture in Nursing Innovation

April 9 @ 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          CON 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 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
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm