Shannon Odell Joins Nicklaus Children's Hospital as Chief Nursing Officer

Published on: 06/15/2020

Shannon Odell, MSN, BSN, RNC-OB, NE-BC, has joined Nicklaus Children’s Hospital as Chief Nursing Officer. In this role, she will be responsible for the leadership and management of the nursing department and for the clinical practice of nursing throughout the hospital and its network of outpatient centers. Odell is a seasoned healthcare executive with over 20 years of progressive leadership and management experience. Most recently, she served as executive director of nursing for women’s and children’s services at WakeMed Health and Hospital Systems in Raleigh, NC, managing the clinical, operational and financial outcomes for all associated inpatient units and clinical support services.

“We are pleased to welcome Shannon Odell to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital and our health system family,” said Perry Ann Reed, President of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. “Shannon brings a breadth of experience combined with a passion for ensuring evidence-based, high-quality patient care. She is joining Jackie Gonzalez, senior vice president and chief nursing officer for the health system, and our esteemed nursing team to strengthen our priority of providing amazing patient care and clinical excellence in the safest environment.”

Odell is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE), the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) and an affiliate member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). She holds a master’s degree in nursing from Liberty University and bachelor’s degree from Bemidji State University.

About Nicklaus Children's Hospital, Where Children Matter Most ™ (2024)

Founded in 1950 as Variety Children's Hospital, Nicklaus Children's is South Florida's only licensed specialty hospital exclusively for children, with approximately 850 attending physicians, including more than 500 pediatric subspecialists. The 307-bed hospital is renowned for excellence in all aspects of pediatric medicine, with many specialty programs routinely ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report since 2008. The hospital is also home to the largest pediatric teaching program in the southeastern United States and since 2003 has been designated an American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet facility, the nursing profession's most prestigious institutional honor. For more information, please visit

© 2024 Nicklaus Children's Hospital. All Rights Reserved.