2014 Jean Vallance Lecture in Nursing Innovation to take place April 5

Bernadette Melnyk, dean of the College of Nursing, associate vice president for health promotion, and chief wellness officer at The Ohio State University, will be the guest lecturer at the 2014 Jean Vallance Lecture in Nursing Innovation at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 5, in Ruth Pike Auditorium at the Biobehavioral Health Building on University Park campus of Penn State.

Melnyk's presentation is titled "Improving Health Care Quality and Patient Outcomes with Evidence-based Practice and ARCC" (Advancing Research and Clinical Practice through Close Collaboration). Nurses can earn one continuing education contact hour for attending the lecture, which is free and open to the public.

The annual Jean Vallance Lecture in Nursing Innovation is an endowed lecture series presented by Penn State's College of Nursing to honor Jean S. Vallance, a 30-year resident of State College, Pa., who died in 1997. Vallance helped organize the Family Planning Clinic, later known as Family Health Services, to bring low-cost health care to women in central Pennsylvania. She was among the first nurses in Pennsylvania to be registered as a certified registered nurse practitioner (CRNP). 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.

The Vallance Lecture is scheduled as part of the College of Nursing's 50th anniversary celebration weekend. For more information, visit www.nursing.psu.edu/50th

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Last Updated January 09, 2015