Victoria L Rich, PhD, RN, FAAN
Associate Professor of Nursing Administration

Contact Information
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
Room 301 Fagin Hall
418 Curie Blvd.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104-4217
tel: (215) 662-2601

Dr. Victoria Rich is recognized for her leadership in healthcare, business and nursing education; most notably for her pioneering work in patient safety and cultural diversity. She is the 2013 recipient of the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) Prism Diversity award and was featured on the cover of the national magazine Nurse Leader June 2013 issue. Dr. Rich has developed numerous patient safety initiatives for healthcare systems both nationally and internationally. In 1997, Dr. Rich co-founded Rich Consultants and has provided her expertise in Patient Safety and Nursing Leadership Practice worldwide; she is also an international visiting scholar.

Dr. Rich is co-leader and innovator with Chief Medical Officer, Patrick J. Brennan, MD in the development of the PENN Medicine Blueprint for Quality and Patient Safety. This strategic initiative has created an interdisciplinary model of care in which a physician, nurse manager and quality coordinator provide unit leadership.

Dr. Rich, a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, is currently Chief Nurse Executive and Associate Executive Director at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center. Dr. Rich is on the editorial board of Nursing Administration Quarterly, and a peer reviewer for both American Journal of Nursing and Worldviews on Evidence-based Nursing. She is an active board member for a variety of healthcare organizations that expand and demonstrate her wide spectrum of interest and impact.


2007 The Victoria L. Rich Patient Satisfaction Annual Award: Highlighting Innovation in Patient Centered Nursing Care at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

2007 Inducted into Phi Beta Phi Academic Honor Society

2007 Distinguished Alumni Award, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA

2006 Inducted into American Academy of Nursing, Miami, FL

2006 Distinguished Alumni Award, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing & the Nursing Alumni Society, Pittsburgh, PA

2006 Seedling Program, Nursing Development Careers in Scholarship for Under Privileged Certified Nursing Assistants, Board of Women Visitors, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. $102,000, bi-annually. Role: Project Director

2004 State of the Science Invitational Conference Improving Medication Administration Safety, AHRQ. $25,000. Role Co-leader

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In my dual role as the Chief Nurse Executive and a Clinician Educator, I have had the ability to provide a bridge between practice and education. The partnership that Dr. Meleis and I have developed is recognized nationally as a respectful and fruitful approach to the professional education and development of clinical nurses, advanced practice nurses and nurse research scientists.