The Virginia Lee Franklin Lecture

University of Maryland School of Nursing Dean's Lecture Series header

The Virginia Lee Franklin Lecture

Shots Fired: Reducing the Impact of Firearm Violence

This event was held on Oct. 20, 2022.

The button above will take you to the new University of Maryland School of Nursing Office of Professional Education’s Learning Management System. Create an account to sign up for the lecture and other on-demand offerings.

Firearm violence is a major public health problem. It results in physical and psychological injuries and is a global health priority. Firearm violence is a complex social problem, and the impact stems from direct exposures (e.g., youth is shot) and indirect exposures (e.g., environmental, death/injury of friends or family members, school shootings). Understanding the factors that come together to injure people with a firearm in various physical, social, economic, and cultural environments, positions us to extend the dialogue beyond “pro-gun” versus “anti-gun” and to prevent firearm violence and to reduce its impact to individuals, families, and communities.



Therese S. Richmond, PhD, RN, FAAN

Richmond is the Andrea B. Laporte Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and serves as its associate dean for research and innovation. She has an extensive program of research aimed at improving recovery from serious injury by addressing the interaction between physical injury and its psychological repercussions. Her research includes a focus on prevention of violence and firearm violence which is grounded in a commitment to social justice. The National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute of Nursing Research, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Pennsylvania Department of Health have supported her research. She is a member of an interdisciplinary team selected as a Catalyst Awardee for the Healthy Longevity Global Grand Challenge to examine a nursing-driven intervention to prevent falls in older adults using remote sensing and artificial intelligence. Richmond sits on the Executive Committee of the CDC-funded Penn Injury Science Center, where she directs the Research Core. She served on the Federal Advisory Committee to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services for the National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030. She is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine. She serves on the Board of Population Health and Public Health Practice at the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the presentation, learners will be able to:

  1. Describe the burden of firearm violence on the public’s health and well-being.
  2. Employ a multifaceted, public health approach to reduce the burden of firearm violence on individuals, families, and communities.
  3. Explain the important role of nursing research in building the science of reducing firearm-related harm and of nurses, health care providers, and health care systems in reducing firearm violence and mitigating its impact.

Learning Outcome:

80% of the participants will be able to identify one strategy they can implement in their practice setting that can reduce firearm violence and mitigate its impact.

Disclosure Statement:

None of the planners nor the lecturer for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, or distributing health care products used by or on patients.

Continuing Education Credit for Nurses (CNE):

Nurses may receive 1.5 contact hours for participating in this educational activity. Partial credit is not provided. Participants receive a CNE certificate via email from UMSON approximately two to four weeks after submitting a completed evaluation form, plus a fee of $20. All requests must be received within 60 days of the conference.

ANCC Accredited Provider with Distinction badgeThe University of Maryland School of Nursing is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Organized by the 2022 Dean’s Lecture Planning Committee

Additional Information

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


Shots Fired: Reducing the Impact of Firearm Violence
Therese S. Richmond, PhD, RN, FAAN
Andrea B. Laporte Professor Associate Dean for Research and Innovation, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing


Creating the 21st-Century Nursing Workforce: Building on Our Strengths to Address the Post-Pandemic Health Needs of Society
Peter I. Buerhaus, DSc (Hon.) ’12, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAANP
Professor of Nursing and Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Health Workforce Studies, Montana State University Mark and Robyn Jones College of Nursing


S.E.L.F. Community Conversations: A Resilience Framework for Youth and Young Adults in Communities Vulnerable to Violence


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 


Continuing Education (CE) Opportunities

UMSON offers year-round opportunities for continuing education, which is now recognized for license renewal in Maryland. Take advantage of online, simulation, and in-person activities to enhance your professional development.