Rita K. Adeniran, DrNP, RN, CMAC, NEA-BC, FAAN

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  • 2012 Fellow
    Rita K. Adeniran

President and CEO

Innovative and Inclusive Global Solutions

Drexel Hill , PA

Dr. Rita K. Adeniran has a compelling record of leadership and advocacy for diversity, inclusivity, and cultural competency in healthcare. She served as Director of Diversity and Inclusion for the University of Pennsylvania Health System, where she provided strategic leadership and direction for diversity, inclusion, and culturally competent health care. As the Global Nurse Ambassador for the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) for over a decade; she led the scalable Global Nurse Program to bring recognition to the HUP as a leader in cultural competence education and inclusive practice environments, as well as becoming a global resource and clinical education center for nurses worldwide. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Advanced Role, M.S.N Department of Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions.

Dr. Adeniran completed a three -year prestigious leadership fellowship through the Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellows’ (RWJENF) Program in 2015. During the fellowship, she collaborated with six nurse leaders across the country to design and launch a “Civility Tool Kit” (www.stopbullyingtoolkit.org) to empower healthcare leaders to identify, intervene, and prevent workplace bullying. The toolkit has been accessed in 136 countries across the globe.

Dr. Adeniran is nationally and globally recognized as a consultant, educator, and author, as well as an engaging and effective speaker. She has spoken in more than 18 countries and co-authored numerous book chapters and peer-reviewed publications. A framework that she developed from her research is espoused as the model for nursing leadership development by the University of Applied Science in Dresden, Germany. She designed the Transitioning Internationally Educated Nurses for Success (TIENS) Program, published by the American Nurses Association (ANA) as a model for integrating Internationally Educated Nurses into the U.S. workforce. Dr. Adeniran is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN), the highest recognition for nurses making meaningful contributions to nursing, health, and healthcare!

Following her basic nursing education from Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Nigeria, Dr. Adeniran earned her baccalaureate in nursing from Widener University. She holds a Master’s in Nursing Science and Health Care Administration from the University of Pennsylvania, through a joint program between the School of Nursing and Wharton Business School, and earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Drexel University, Philadelphia. She is certified as a licensed personal care home administrator, Advanced Case Manager Administrator (CMAC), and Board Certified Advanced Nurse Administrator (NEA, BC). Dr. Adeniran is experienced in several specialties of nursing practice. She continues to serve as the President and CEO of Innovative and Inclusive Global Solutions (IIGS), a consulting firm that specializes in helping healthcare organizations leverage the total capacity of their diverse workforce for enhanced productivity and optimal patient outcomes.  She is a Magnet Recognition Program Appraiser for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Dr. Adeniran holds memberships in numerous professional organizations. She served and is serving on various boards and committees, including Sigma Theta Tau International and the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools. Dr. Adeniran co-chairs the Nursing Diversity Council of the Pennsylvania Action Coalition. She is a peer reviewer for several refereed journals. In 2005, she received a grant to join the inaugural class of the Health Research Educational Trust Cultural Competence Leadership Fellowship. The fellowship enhanced her skills to help healthcare organizations to effectively and successfully develop and implement culturally competent programs for both patients and staff.