RECIPIENT OF THE 2023 ACEN LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Published June 2023
The ACEN is honored to announce Marilyn Smidt, MSN, RN, as the recipient of the 2023 Lifetime Achievement Award! The ACEN Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes individuals for their service in nursing education, practice, and/or accreditation.
This prestigious award honors an extraordinary individual who has made indelible contributions to nursing education, nursing practice, and/or accreditation over a sustained period of time. This year’s award will be presented during the ACEN 2023 Nursing Education Accreditation Conference.
Please join us in congratulating Marilyn on this extraordinary accomplishment!
Marilyn Smidt, MSN, RN
Like so many other girls coming of age in the late 1960’s Marilyn was familiar with mainly two career choices–teacher or nurse. Since she was sure she did not want to be a teacher, had good grades in math and science, and had several aunts and cousins who were nurses, Marilyn chose nursing. At that time, nursing education in west Michigan was offered only at hospital-based schools. She wrote to one of these, Bronson Hospital School of Nursing in Kalamazoo, and the director surprisingly told her that the future of nursing was in baccalaureate education and advised her to apply to one of the three state universities that offered nursing degrees at that time.
ACEN Nursing Education Accreditation Timeline
|1985-2008||Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) Nursing Faculty|
|1986||First nursing accreditation site visit as a faculty member|
|1990||Appointed Nursing Programs Director, GRCC|
|1994||NLNAC Site Visit, GRCC|
Volunteered for NLN Bylaws Committee
|1994-present||NLNAC/ACEN Program Evaluator|
Fall 1994 – First site visit: Hannah Mullins School of Practical Nursing, Salem, OH
|1999||Evaluation Review Committee|
|2000||Editorial Review Committee|
|2001||Accreditation Task Force member – 2002 Standards & Criteria (S&C)|
|2005||S&C Committee, Chair|
|2008||S&C Committee, Chair|
|2013||S&C Committee, Chair|
|2017||S&C Committee, Chair|
|2018||Transition to Practice Task Force, Chair|
|2023||S&C Committee, Chair|