Young Professional Award


This award was created in 2018 to recognize new and upcoming leaders in the correctional health care field. It is presented to an outstanding correctional health professional, 45 years of age or under, who leads by example, takes initiative, demonstrates a strong work ethic and inspires others through his or her commitment to quality health care.

Pamela San Miguel, RN, PHN, CCHP-RN

Carl Bell

Pamela San Miguel is “a strong advocate for both her patients and for the staff she supervises … never takes the easy road … and is an exemplary leader who will continue to rise through the ranks,” according to one of the several colleagues who nominated her.

As the nurse manager for Ramsey County Correctional Facility in Minnesota, Ms. San Miguel works with both adult and juvenile patients. She has more than 20 years of clinical experience including emergency services, poison control, sexual assault nurse examination, community care and, for the past six years, correctional care. She works tirelessly to institute NCCHC standards and best practices at the facilities she manages to ensure the highest level of care for the populations she serves.

Ms. San Miguel earned her BSN degree from Saint Catherine University in St. Paul, MN. She is a certified public health nurse, licensed school nurse and holistic nurse. She became a CCHP in 2016 and achieved CCHP-RN only months later. She is on the board of the Minnesota Sheriff’s Association – Correctional Health Division and the Ramsey County School Patrol and serves on several committees.

Ms. San Miguel “has been a constant steadying force and has provided leadership during difficult times,” said another of her nominating colleagues. “Her skill set, depth of knowledge and genuine care for both her nurses and patients makes her extremely valuable to Ramsey County.”