The Virginia Lee Franklin Lecture

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The Virginia Lee Franklin Lecture

New Approaches from the Frontlines of Research, Nursing, and Social Work

Oct. 25, 2018, 4-5:30 p.m.
University of Maryland School of Nursing
Auditorium, Room 130

This lecture has concluded.


Luana Colloca, MD, PhD, MS
Associate Professor, University of Maryland School of Nursing
Associate Professor, University of Maryland School of Medicine
Victoria Selby

Victoria Selby, PhD, CRNP-PMH, PMHNP-BC
Assistant Professor, University of Maryland School of Nursing

Eric Weintraub, MD 150 px headshot Erik Weintraub, MD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of Maryland School of Medicine


As a result of participating in this learning activity, attendees will be able to:

  • Discuss biobehavioral mechanisms of substance use disorders
  • Identify essential components to effective treatment models

Additional Information

Continuing Education

Accredited Provider with Distinction from the American Nurses Credentialing CenterNurses may receive 1.5 contact hour(s) upon successful completion of this continuing education (CE) activity.  To receive a certificate of CE, participants must attend the entire activity, then complete the evaluation survey and the verification of attendance form. Partial credit is not provided for this activity. Participants receive a CE certificate via email from the University of Maryland School of Nursing approximately 2-4 weeks after submitting their request, payment of $10 and required documentation.  

Accreditation Statement: The University of Maryland School of Nursing is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.  

Conflict of Interest: It is the policy of The University of Maryland School of Nursing to require our continuing education activity (CE) faculty and planning committee members to disclose any financial relationships with companies providing program funding or manufacturers of any commercial products discussed in the program.  The planning committee and CE faculty report that they do not have financial relationships with manufacturers of any commercial products they discuss in the program.

Lecture History

D. Murray and Katherine Franklin created this endowed lecture in honor of their daughter Virginia Lee Franklin, BSN '54, for the purpose of continuing her lifetime commitment to the education of registered nurses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Virginia Lee Franklin, affectionately referred to as "Lee" by her family and friends, earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland School of Nursing and a master’s degree in nursing at Emory University. Her graduate studies and subsequent career focused on neurological and neurosurgical nursing. Ms. Franklin assumed a faculty role at the University of Delaware (UD) in the Department of Nursing. She remained at UD and was instrumental in its progression to a College of Nursing during her tenure. As a teacher and clinical instructor, Ms. Franklin was an active participant in the departments' curriculum development, its implementation, and its accreditation process. She is described as a dedicated professional who "continued to improve her knowledge of neurological and neurosurgical nursing and to develop expertise in nursing practice." She conducted workshops and seminars to disseminate the expanding knowledge and  science in this area as well as served as a consultant to the area Veterans Hospital and Queens Hospital in London.

Recognized by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses for her expertise in neurosurgical nursing and assisted in development of their Core Curriculum in Neurosurgical Nursing, which in 1981 served as the guide for the national Certification Examination for that specialty. At the time of her death in 1981, she was in the process of writing a text book on this topic.

Past Lectures


New Approaches from the Frontlines of Research, Nursing, and Social Work


Breast Cancer Risk and Prevention: The Facts, The Myths, and the Gray Areas in Between


Enactment of the Nurse Practitioner Full Practice Authority of 2015


Removing Practice Barriers: How a Legislative Success for Nurse Practitioners Translates to Better Health Care for Maryland Residents


Compassionate Care: A Fundamental Imperative for Today's Changing Health Care System 

About the 2018-19 Dean's Lecture Series

The 2018-19 Dean’s Lecture Series focuses on Opioid and Substance Use Disorders: Destigmatizing the Issue and Responding to the Challenge.

Between January and June 2018, Maryland reported 1,185 opioid related deaths, and Baltimore city represents one of the hardest-hit communities in the state. Individuals with substance use disorders face challenges from multiple sources, including stigma that they lack the will to overcome their addiction. Professionals providing care in all settings also face challenges in understanding the complexity of the issue and in establishing the collaborative network needed to provide effective care. There are promising developments in research and practice for improving outcomes. This lecture series considers these developments and invites you to participate in the dialogue.