Sheila Miller, DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, is chief nursing officer for Cleveland Clinic South Pointe Hospital and has more than 30 years of nursing experience. Inspired to pursue a future in health care after coaching her sister through a difficult childbirth, she turned to Cuyahoga Community College.
“Tri-C gave me an affordable way to obtain a college degree and a career,” she said.
When she enrolled, Miller was a young, single mother of three and unsure what to expect from college classes.
“Everything seemed new, exciting and scary at the same time, and I was intimidated by the coursework,” she said. “But once I got started, I was able to excel academically in a way I didn’t during high school.”
The support she received from her teachers and classmates made a lasting impression on Miller.
“My fondest memories at Tri-C involve the colleagues and friends I made. Attending clinicals at local hospitals with other student nurses was enlightening and enjoyable, and we supported each other as we learned,” she said.
After graduating from Tri-C with an associate degree in nursing in 1984, Miller earned a bachelor’s degree and was later accepted into the inaugural class of the Master of Science in Nursing and Master of Business Administration dual-degree program at Case Western Reserve University.
She received the Hann Award for Excellence and Administration from CWRU’s Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing in 1993 and went on to earn a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Chamberlain College of Nursing in 2016.
Miller is a dedicated volunteer for several community service organizations and has been honored with the 2018 Warrensville Heights Area Chamber of Commerce Business Leader of Excellence Award.
She credits Tri-C for getting her started on the path to a successful career and encourages future students to be determined and persistent.
“Any goal worth reaching takes hard work, and Tri-C is a great place to start your education.”