“We are enormously grateful for Jackie’s many contributions to our organization throughout her tenure,” said Matthew A. Love, president and CEO. “She is truly the heart of nursing at Nicklaus Children’s and has led initiatives that have earned us recognition around the globe. We are so fortunate that she has been, and will always be, part of our NCHS family.”
In 1980, Ms. Gonzalez joined Nicklaus Children’s Hospital (then known as Variety Children’s Hospital) after receiving her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She advanced steadily within the organization, a tribute to her commitment to patient advocacy, quality patient care, tenacity and compassion. Ms. Gonzalez also devoted herself to advanced education, earning both her master’s and doctoral degrees in nursing from the University of Miami, and a master’s in business administration from George Washington University. She has served as a guest member of the nursing faculty at both the University of Miami and Florida International University, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.
Ms. Gonzalez was promoted to chief nursing officer for Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in 1998 and in 2020 was named chief nursing officer for the