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

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Rita K. Adeniran


Assistant Clinical Professor

Graduate Nursing
Advanced Role MSN Department

Rita K. Adeniran, DrNP, has a compelling record of leadership and advocacy for diversity, inclusivity and cultural competency. She served as the 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.  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. She is the president and CEO of Innovative and Inclusive Global Solutions (IIGS). Adeniran is a Magnet Recognition Program appraiser for the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Adeniran completed a three-year prestigious fellowship through the Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellows Program in 2015. During the fellowship, she collaborated with six nurse leaders across the nation to design and launch a civility tool kit ( to empower leaders to prevent, identify and intervene in workplace bullying issues. Adeniran is nationally and globally recognized as a consultant, educator and author, as well as an engaging and effective speaker. She has shared her work at many high-level forums in over 22 countries, receiving rave reviews. Adeniran is a recipient of many awards and recognitions, including Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN), the highest recognition for nurses making meaningful contributions to nursing and healthcare.

Faculty Fellowships

  • American Hospital Association (AHA) Cultural Competence Leadership Fellow
  • Fellow of the National Academy of Practice (FNAP)
  • Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN)

Professional Society

American Nursing Association
National Association of Home Care and Hospice
American Organization of Nurse Executives
Global Alliance for Nursing and Midwifery
Sigma Theta Tau International, Honor Society of Nursing

Selected Publications

Adeniran, R. K. (2016). Role strain in the doctorally prepared advanced practice nurse: The experiences of Doctor of Nursing practice graduates in their current professional positions — an updated and current view. A reflective response, pp 251

Adeniran, R. K., Bhattacharya, A., & Shrivastava, R. (2015). Facilitators and Barriers to Advancing in the Nursing Profession: Voices of U.S. – and Internationally Educated Nurses. Clinical Scholars Review, 8(2), 241-248.

Rich, V. L. & Adeniran, R. K. (Eds.), (2014). High-intensity situations that provoke conflict. Sigma Theta Tau International, pp 279-295. 

Adeniran, R. K., Smith-Glasgow, M. E., Bhattacharya, A., & Xu, Y. (2013). Career advancement and professional development in nursing. Nursing Outlook, 61 (6), 437-446.

Adeniran, R. K., Bhattacharya, A., & Adeniran, A. A. (2012). Professional Excellence and Career Advancement in Nursing: A Conceptual Framework for Clinical Leadership Development. Nursing Administration Quarterly, 36 (1), 41-51.

Grant participation:

  • Principal Investigator, state-wide Cultural Competence Education and Awareness Survey (CCEAS) of Pennsylvania Registered Nurses funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellowship. Grant $30,000.00, 2012 – 2015.
  • Co-Investigator, Building RN Training Skills for Geriatric Excellence Role, Department of Health & Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Division of Nursing, Comprehensive Geriatric Education Program, HRSA, D62HP01912-01-00, $392,964. Direct costs. September 1, 2003 – August 2006.
  • Health Resource Educational Trust (HRET) Fellowship Grant Funded $10,000.00 2005/2006.

Editorial review board membership:

  • Member, Editorial Board, Holistic Nursing Practice
  • Member, WHYY Health + Science Advisory Group
  • Peer reviewer: Nursing Outlook
  • Peer reviewer: International Journal of Nursing Studies
  • Peer reviewer: Journal of Transcultural Nursing

Research Interests

  • Develop and disseminate cultural sensitivity principles, knowledge and solutions to eliminate disparities, promote equity and advance leaders from traditionally underrepresented groups.
  • Design, lead and advocate for policies to support vulnerable populations to live everyday life to the fullest.
  • Maximize individual contributions and performance with organizational productivity through social-ecological approaches and data analytics.


Rita Adeniran, DrNP, has spoken in more than 22 countries across the globe. She has authored and co-authored several peer reviewed publications and book chapters. 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.

Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DrNP)

Foundation for International Education, Dublin Business School, Dublin, Ireland
Two-week educational program with faculty from Trinity College and University of Limerick

University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and Wharton Business School, Philadelphia, PA
Master in Nursing and Healthcare Administration

Widener University, Chester, PA
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Ida-Arab, Lagos Nigeria
General Nursing Diploma