Partners in Nursing (PIN)
2016 Cedar Crest College Distinguished Nursing Alumni Award
Samuel Miranda, Jr. '81, MS, RN, NEA-BC
Senior Vice President, Patient Care, and Chief Nursing Officer
Good Shepherd Rehabilitation
Sam received his diploma in nursing from Sacred Heart Hospital School of Nursing, his BSN from Cedar Crest College, a master’s degree from the University of Scranton and a post-master’s certificate in nursing administration from Villanova University.
Sam’s honors include the Nursing Excellence Award from Skilled Nursing Inc. and Chairperson of the Board Award for Clinical Excellence from Muhlenberg College. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Cedar Crest College.
Since joining Good Shepherd in 2007 as Senior Vice President, Sam has directed nursing operations, including operational, financial and regulatory activities. He serves on many national, regional and local nursing committees and organizations and is recognized as an expert in legal nursing for nursing/medical malpractice review.
Prior to joining Good Shepherd, Sam held positions as a staff nurse, nursing supervisor, nursing educator, assistant vice president and chief nursing officer in both the acute-care and rehabilitation health-care settings. In addition, he has worked in organized and non-organized healthcare settings with success in converting culture following an intense nursing strike.
Maureen T. Smith '85, MSN, RN, CNRN
Patient Care Specialist for Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit,
Cardiac Intensive Care Unit and ICU and Emergency Lead
Lehigh Valley Health Network
After receiving a BSN from Cedar Crest College, Maureen entered a
critical care nurse internship program at Lehigh Valley Hospital. At LVHN, she worked as a staff nurse for 20 years. In 2004, Maureen transitioned to her role in the Neuroscience Care Unit. She completed her Master of Science in Nursing degree in 2006.
Maureen’s honors include the American Association of Critical Care Nurses: Circle of Excellence Award, American Association of Neuroscience Nurses: Excellence in Neuroscience Education Award; Friends of Nursing Awards at Lehigh Valley Health Network: Jeffrey J. Hitchings Award for Excellence in Education, Rose Trexler Award for Excellence as a Preceptor; Friends of Nursing Unit Awards: Neurological Care, Patient Satisfaction.
For the past 12 years, Maureen has worked as the unit clinical educator to help experienced and graduate nurses excel in the neuroscience field. Maureen has encouraged her colleagues to become certified neuroscience nurses. She leads a review course to prepare them for the certification exam. Maureen has contributed to a 100% pass rate for 32 participants from Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit and Stroke Center to achieve their certification as CNRNs.