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Penn chief nurse executive receives AONE Prism Diversity Award


Victoria Rich, RN, PhD, FAAN, chief nurse executive at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center in Philadelphia, has received the Prism Diversity Award from the American Organization of Nurse Executives.

According to a news release, the award recognizes Rich’s efforts to promote diversity within the nursing workforce and to enhance an understanding of diversity issues across the health system and greater community.

“I am extremely honored to receive this recognition,” Rich said in the release. “It has been a true privilege to be part our initiatives to increase diversity over the years. By increasing diversity within our workforce, we are also providing greater depth of knowledge, skills and experience to our patients. We’ve created an environment where diversity is seen as one of our core values and where our differences are celebrated every day.”

The annual AONE awards highlight members who have demonstrated the best in leadership practice and whose work sets an example for every nurse leader, according to the release. Since her appointment as CNE in 2002, Rich has worked to create and cultivate globally recognized diversity systems. In 2003, she helped establish the Global Nurse Program for the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania to address diversity in nursing and leadership roles, along with global nursing issues. This program has since spawned several other initiatives, including Penn’s Nursing Cultural Competence Committee, the Circle of Women, the Seedling Program and the Global Nurse Ambassador.

“Dr. Rich’s efforts to promote diversity have created a strong and unified team of nurses at HUP,” Garry Scheib, HUP executive director and UP Health System COO, said in the release. “She works every day on behalf of our leadership to support diversity, inclusivity and cultural competence and has been a leader in her field for many years. HUP would not be the model of professionalism and world-class care without her dedication to providing an exceptional nursing culture.”

Rich and other award recipients were honored during the AONE 46th Annual Meeting and Exposition in Denver.


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