2E – 2 East Surgical
2N – 2 North Med-Surg
2NE – 2 Northeast Med-Surg
2T – 2 Tower, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU)
3E – 3 East Med-Surg
3NE – 3 Northeast Med Surg
3S – 3 South, Neurology and Neurosurgery (currently 5 Tower)
3T – 3 Tower, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
4T – 4 Tower, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
5T – 5 Tower, Neurology and Neurosurgery, formerly 3 South.
6T – 6 Tower, Hematology, Oncology, and Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT), formerly 3 North


A.I.R. – (pain) Assessment, Intervention, Re-assessment
AACN – American Association of Critical Care Nurses.  Also, American Association of Colleges of Nursing
AAHRPP – Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Participant  Protection Programs
AAMS – Association of Air Medical Services
AAP – American Academy of Pediatrics
ACLS – Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support
ACOS – American College of Surgeons
ADC – Average Daily Census
ADE – Adverse Drug Event
ADHD – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
AE-C – Certified Asthma Educator
AED – Antiepileptic Drugs
AGACNP-BC – Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
AHA – American Heart Association
AHC – Allied Health Credentials
AHCA – Agency for Healthcare Administration
AHP – Allied Health Professionals
AHRQ – Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
AIS – Alcohol-impregnated Swab
ALPP – Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice
ALTE – Acute Life Threatening Episode
ANA – American Nurses Association
ANCC – American Nurses Credentialing Center
AONE – American Organization of Nurse Executives
AORN – Association of Operating Room Nurses
APCP – Advanced Pediatric Care Pavilion
APEX – Aim for Professional and Educational Excellence nursing clinical ladder
APHN-BC – Advanced Public Health Nurse- Board Certified
APHON – Association of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Nurses
APN – Advanced Practice Nurse
APRN – Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
ARNP – Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner


BA – Bachelor of Arts
BBP – Blood Borne Pathogen
BC – Board Certified
BCPS – Board Certified Pharmacy Specialties
BFHI – Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative
BHSA – Bachelor of Health Service Administration
BIPAP – Bi-level Positive Airway Pressure
BMI – Body Mass Index
BMT – Bone Marrow Transplant
BMTCN – Blood and Marrow Transplant Certified Nurse
BOD – Board of Directors
BSIE – Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering
BSMT – Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology
BSN – Bachelor of Science in Nursing


CA – Care Assistant
CA-MRSA – Care- associated Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus infection
CAMTS – Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems
CAPA – Corrective Action Preventative Action
CAUTI – Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infection
CBE – Certified in Business Economics
CCBDN – Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders Network
CCLS – Certified Child Life Specialist
CCM – Certified Case Manager
CCRC – Certified Clinical Research Coordinator
CCRN – Certified Critical Care Registered Nurse
CDC – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CDE – Certified Diabetes Educator
CE – Continuing Education
CEI – Clinical Excellence Index
CEO – Chief Executive Officer
CEU – Continuing Education Unit
CFO – Chief Financial Officer
CHA – Children's Hospital Association
CHCIO – Certified Chief Information Officer
CHEC – Certified Hospital Emergency Coordinator
CHEX – Collaborative online learning management system, developed by the Children's Hospital Association and used by Nicklaus Children's Hospital for staff education.
CHFP – Certified Healthcare Financial Professional
CHG – Chlorhexidine
CHPM – Community Health Preventative Medicine
CHRC – Certified in Healthcare Research Compliance
CIC – Certified Infection Control
CICU – Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (currently 2 Tower)
CINAHL – Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature research database
CIO – Chief Information Officer
CITI – Collaborative Institutional Training Initiatives
CLABSI – Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection
Clairvia – Workforce management system used by Nicklaus Children’s Hospital for staffing and scheduling.
CLC – Certified Lactation Counselor
CLS – Child Life Specialist
CME – Continuing Medical Education
CMIO – Chief Medical Information Officer
CMQ/OE – Certified Manager of Quality and Organizational Excellence
CMS – Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
CMSRN – Certified Medical-Surgical RN
CMTE – Certified Medical Transport Executive
CNA-BC – Board Certified Nursing Administration
CNML – Certified Nurse Manager and Leader
CNO – Chief Nursing Officer
CNOR – Certified Operating Room Nurse
CNPT – Certified Neonatal Pediatric Transport
CNRN – Certified Neonatal Registered Nurse
CNS – Clinical Nurse Specialist
COC – Commission on Cancer
COCN – Certified Ostomy Continence Nurse
COG – Children's Oncology Group
CON – Certificate of Need
COO – Chief Operating Officer
CPAP – Continuous Positive Airway Pressure
CPEN – Certified Pediatric Emergency Nurse
CPFT – Certified Pulmonary Function Technician
CPHIMS – Certified Professional Healthcare Information Systems
CPHM – Certified Professional in Healthcare Management
CPHON – Certified Pediatric Hematology Oncology Nurse
CPI – Crisis Prevention Intervention
CPN – Certified Pediatric Nurse
CPON – Certified Pediatric Oncology Nurse
CPR – Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
CPS – Collaborative Problem Solving
CPST – Certified Child Passenger Safety
CRNA – Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist
CSF – Cerebral Spinal Fluid
CSHCN – Children with Special Health Care Needs
CSP – Board Certified Specialist in Pediatric Nutrition
CVAD – Central Venous Access Device
CVL – Central Venous Line
CXR – Chest X-ray


DAISY – Diseases Attacking the Immune System. The DAISY Foundation created the Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses Recognition Program.
DCF – (Florida) Department of Children and Families
DDCT – Demographic Data Collection Tool
Dialysis Unit – Hemodialysis
DITLON – Day in the Life of A Nurse
DMAIC – Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control (a LEAN methodology tool)
DME – Durable Medical Equipment
DNP – Doctor of Nursing Practice
DNSc – Doctor of Nursing Science
DNV – Det Norske Veritas. International accredited registrar and classification society.
DOH – Department of Health


EAP – Employee Assistance Program
EAR Council – Engagement and Recognition Council
EBM – Expressed Breast Milk. Also, Evidence-Based Medicine.
EBP – Evidence-Based Practice
EBSCO – Elton B. Steven Company library resource information service
ECLS – Extra Corporeal Life Support, also known as ECMO
ECMO – Extracorporeal Membranous Oxygenation, also known as ECLS
ED – Emergency Department
ELSO – Extracorporeal Life Support Organization
EMR – Electronic Medical Record
EMR/IT – Electronic Medical Record/Information Technology
EMT – Emergency Medical Technician
EMTALA – Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act
ENA – Emergency Nurses Association
ENT – Ear, Nose, Throat (Otolaryngology)
EOC – Environment of Care
ESI – Emergency Severity Index
ETT – Endotracheal Tube


F.A.C.S. – Fellow, American College of Surgeons
FAAN – Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing
FAAP – Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics
FAC – Family Advisory Council
FACCWS – Fellow of the American College of Certified Wound Specialists
FACHE – Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives
FACT – Foundation for Accreditation of Cellular Therapies
FDA – Federal Drug Administration
FHIMSS – Fellow of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society
FIU – Florida International University
FMECA – Failure, Mode, Effects, Criticality, and Analysis
FMLA – Family and Medical Leave Act
FN – Febrile Neutropenia
FNA – Florida Nurses Association
FNP-BC – Family Nurse Practitioner- Board Certified
FNPC – Family Nurse Practitioner-Certified
FONE – Florida Organization of Nurse Executives
FTE – Full Time Equivalent or Full Time Employee


Gemba walks – Leaders “walk” through patient and family care areas and engage with patients, families and staff to visualize the environment and encounter opportunities for positive change.
GI – Gastroenterology
GREET – The standard customer encounter communication method used at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. G (Greet the patient/family; state your role), R (Recognize the needs), E (Explain procedure or next steps), E (Empower the customer), and T (Thank the customer).


HAC – Hospital Acquired Condition
HAI – Healthcare Acquired Infection
HAI-MRSA – Hospital-Acquired Incidence of Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus infection
HAPI – Hospital Acquired Pressure Injury
HAPU – Hospital-Acquired Pressure Ulcer
HAS – Health Services Administration Specialist
HCAHPS – Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems
HD scale – Humpty Dumpty Falls Prevention Scale
Hem-onc – Hematology/Oncology
HIM – Health Information Management
HIPAA – Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
HPPD – Hours Per Patient Day
HRO – High Reliability Organization
HRO – High Reliability Organization
HRPP – Human Research Participant Protection Program
Huddle Form – Nursing communication tool for sharing information regarding adverse events or variances in patient care and outcomes.
Huddles – Nursing communication tool for information sharing between nursing staff and leadership.


IBD – Inflammatory Bowel Disease
ICP – Infection Control and Prevention
iCreate MCHS app – An electronic app allowing employees to recognize the hard work and dedicated performed on a daily basis. After recognitions are given, the iCreate MCHS app rewards users with points which can be later redeemed for gifts and prizes. Additionally, users can see real-time feed of all recognitions provided throughout the organization.
ICU – Intensive Care Unit
IHI – Institute of Healthcare Improvement
INS – Intravenous Nurses' Society
IOM – Institute of Medicine
IPC – Infection Prevention and Control
IPPB – Intermittent Positive Pressure Breathing
IPSO – Improving Pediatric Sepsis Outcomes
IRB – Institutional Review Board
ISMP – Institute for Safe Medication Practices
IT – Information Technology
IV – Intravenous or Intravenous line


JCAHO – Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations
JD – Juris Doctor


Kaizens – Steps for continuous improvement. A part of the LEAN methodology.
KAPOW – Kids and the Power of Work
KPI – Key Performance Indicator


LCSW – Licensed Clinical Social Worker
LD/N – Licensed Dietician/Nutritionist
LEAN – A customer-centric methodology used to continuously improve any process through the elimination of waste in every workplace practice.
LHRM – Licensed Healthcare Risk Management
LifeFlight™ – Patient Transport Team
LMFT – Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
LOS – Length of Stay
LPN – Licensed Practical Nurse
LSSBB – Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification
LWBS – Left Without Being Seen


MA – Master of Administration
MBA – Master of Business Administration
MBA/HCM – Master of Business Administration/Health Care Management
MBI – Mucosal Barrier Injury
MBI-LCBSI – Mucosal Barrier Injury Laboratory Confirmed Blood Stream Infection
MCH – Miami Children's Hospital, as Nicklaus Children's Hospital was formerly known.
MCHB – Maternal and Child Health Bureau
MCHF – Miami Children's Health Foundation
MCHS – Miami Children's Health System
MCHSRI – Miami Children's Health System Research Institute
MCRI – Miami Children's Research Institute
MD – Medical Doctor
MDAHEC – Miami-Dade Area Health Education Center
MDCPS – Miami-Dade County Public Schools
MFC – Micheal Fux Center, also known as the Micheal Fux Family Center
MFFC – Micheal Fux Family Center, also known as the Micheal Fux Center
MHA – Master of Healthcare Administration
MHSA – Master of Health Services Administration
MOR – Monthly Operations Reviews
MPH – Master of Public Health
MPS – Minor Procedure Suites
MRSA – Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus
MS – Master of Science
MS/HAS – Master of Science Healthcare Administration Specialty
MSHSA – Master of Science Health Services Administration
MSM – Master of Science in Management
MSN – Master of Science in Nursing
MSW – Master of Social Work
Myles – My Learning Space. Learning management system used for online education at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.


NAACLS – Nationally Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
NANN – National Association of Neonatal Nurses
NCQA – National Committee for Quality Assurance
NCSN – National Certified School Nurse
NDNQI – National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators
NEA-BC – Nurse Executive Advanced Board Certified
NE-BC – Nurse Executive- Board Certified
NEC – Nurse Executive Council
NG – Nasogastric
NHPUOS – Nursing Hours Per Unit of Service
NHSN – National Healthcare Safety Network
NICU – Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (currently 4 Tower)
NIH – National Institute of Health
NLMP – Nursing Labor Management Partnership
NOC – Nursing Operations Council
NPSG – National Patient Safety Goals
NR&EBP – Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice
NRP – Neonatal Resuscitation Program, also known as NALS (Neonatal Advanced Life Support)
NSLC – Nursing Shared Leadership Council
NTI – National Teaching Institute
Nurse Leader – Nurse leaders with line authority over multiple units that have clinical RNs and nurse leaders who are positioned on the organizational chart between Nurse Manager and the CNO.
Nurse Manager – RNs with 24/7 accountability RNs with 24/7 accountability for the supervision of all RNs and other health care providers who deliver nursing care in an inpatient or outpatient area. The nurse manager is typically responsible for the recruitment and retention, performance review, and professional development; is involved in the budget formulation process and quality outcomes; and helps plan for, organize, and lead the delivery of nursing care for a designated patient care area.
Nursing Director – Identified as Nurse Leaders


OA – Operations Administrator (Identified as Nurse Leaders)
OCN – Oncology Certified Nurse
ODPHP – Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
OLT – Operations Leadership Team
ONC – Oncology
OP – Outpatient
OR – Operating Room
OSHA – Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OT – Overtime
Outpatient Center (s) – Pediatric outpatient services


P&T – Pharmacy and Therapeutics
PA – Physician Assistant
PACU – Post Anesthesia Care Unit
PACU 2 – Post Anesthesia Care Unit Phase 2
PALS – Pediatric Advanced Life Support
PB – Palmetto Bay
PCA – Patient-Controlled Analgesia
PCC – Pediatric Care Center
PCCM – Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
PCMH – Patient-centered Medical Home
PCP – Primary Care Provider
PCRN – Pediatric Critical Care Registered Nurse
PCT – Patient Care Technician
PDCA – Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle to systematically improve the performance of the organization and sustain improvement.
PEDS – Pediatric Electronic Data System. Nicklaus Children's Hospital's Electronic Medical Record.
PEPC – Prescribed Extended Pediatric Care
PEWS – Pediatric Early Warning Signs. Pediatric assessment tool.
PHHNP-BC – Pediatric Home Health Nurse Practitioner- Board Certified
PHI – Protected Health Information or Patient Health Information
PI – Performance Improvement. Also,  Pressure Injury
PICC – Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter (intravenous)
PICU – Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (currently 3 Tower)
PIVIE – Peripheral Intravenous Infiltrate and Extravasation
PN – Parenteral Nutrition
PNCB – Pediatric Nursing Certification Board
PO – By mouth
POD – Post-operative Day
PONS – Pediatric Oncology Nutrition Screening
PPCN-BC – Pediatric Primary Care Nurse- Board Certified
PPCNP-BC – Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner- Board Certified
PPE – Personal Protective Equipment
PPM – Professional Practice Model
PRC – Professional Research Consultants, Inc.
PSO – Patient Safety Officer
Psychiatry – Inpatient psychiatry services
PT – Physical Therapist
PU – Pressure Ulcer
PYXIS – The Pyxis Med-station automated medication dispensing system helps accurately dispense medication while supporting pharmacy workflows.


Q – Quarter
QI – Quality Improvement
QID – Four Times Daily
QPC – Quarterly Performance Coaching Sessions
QSA – Quality Safety Advocates
QSI – Quality, Safety, and Innovations
QSO – Quality, Safety, and Outcomes


Radiology – X-ray, MRI, Imaging services, Ultra sound, and Nuclear Medicine
RCA – Root Cause Analysis
RD – Registered Dietician
RDN – Registered Dietician Nutritionist
RN – Registered Nurse
RNC-NIC – Registered Nurse Certified- Neonatal Intensive Care
RRT – Registered Respiratory Therapist
RT – Respiratory Therapist


S.O.A.R. – Safety, Opportunity, Attitude, and Responsibility
Same Day Surgery – Outpatient Surgical Services
SBAR – Solution, Background, Assessment, Recommendation. Nursing communication tool
SBS – State Behavioral Scale
SCAN – Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition
SCRN – Stroke Certified Registered Nurse
SEFANN – Southeast Florida Association of Neonatal Nurses
SEI – Service Excellence Index
SFNA – South Florida Nurses Association
SGNA – Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates
SIDS – Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
SLP – Speech Language Pathologist
SLT – Senior Leadership Team
SM – Specialist in Microbiology
SM (ASCP) – Specialist in Microbiology (American Society for Clinical Pathology)
SME – Subject Matter Expert
SNC – Special Needs Clinic Day
SOE – Source of Evidence
SPD – Sterile Processing Department
SPS – Solutions for Patient Safety
SRO – System-wide Report Out
SSI – Surgical Site Infection
SSP – Safe Sleep Practice
Staff Relief – Nursing staff available to work on an as-needed basis.
Survey Monkey® – Online survey tool used to survey staff on various nursing and work related topics.
SVP/CNO – Senior Vice President/Chief Nursing Officer
SW – Social work or social worker
SWOT – SWOT analysis (or SWOT matrix) is an acronym for strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats and is a structured planning method that evaluates those four elements of an organization, project or business venture.


T1 – Triage stage one
T2 – Triage stage two
TCS – Tip Confirmation System
TCT – The Children's Trust
TJC – The Joint Commission
TM&E – Talent Management and Effectiveness
TOT – Turn Over Time
TPA – Tissue Plasminogen Activator
TPN – Total Parenteral Nutrition


UCC – Urgent Care Center(s)
UNICEF – United Nations Children's Fund
UPE – Unplanned Extubation
USNWR – U.S. News and World Report


VA-BC – Vascular Access- Board Certified
VAT – Vascular Access Team
VP – Vice President


WCC – Wound Care Certified
WHO – World Health Organization
WIRB – Western Institutional Review Board
WOCN – Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Certified Nurse


YTD – Year to Date