Obituary: Former Executive Secretary to State Board of Nursing

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Nurse Leader and Former Executive Secretary to the State Board of Nursing in New York Rests in Peace

Miss Mildred Strong Schmidt
Age: 96 | Red Bank

Miss Mildred Strong Schmidt, 96, a resident of The Atrium at Navesink Harbor, Red Bank, died Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014, in her home. She was born in Kearny, lived in Little Silver, NJ and Albany, N.Y., until moving to The Atrium in 2004. She was the daughter of Lillian Strong, who died in July 1972 and George W. Schmidt, who died in 1926 and is survived by her twin sister, Miss Janet Sinclair with whom she lived, cousins Edward C. Bixler and wife Peggy and many other beloved cousins.

She attended Beaver College (now Arcadia University), received her BS Degree in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania and her Master of Arts and Doctor of Education degrees from Teachers College, Columbia University in 1964 and in 2008 she was added to the Nursing Hall of Fame. She is licensed as a registered nurse in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York.

She retired in 1983 from her last position as Executive Secretary to the State Board of Nursing in the New York State Education Department. She joined the department in July 1964 as assistant in nursing education, then associate in nursing education and in May 1965, the State Board of Regents appointed her as Executive Secretary to the State Board of Nursing.

One of Schmidt's accomplishments as Executive Secretary was to promote the establishment of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. All Boards of Nursing in the U.S. and its territories are members. One of the purposes of the Council is to develop the licensing examinations for the Registered Nurse and Practical Nurse titles for its members. She was elected as Treasurer during the Councils first year in 1976 and as President in 1979 and 1980. During the 5th annual convention of the council, she was honored by receiving the first Dr. R. Louise McManus award for her contributions to its establishment and work. In 2014, a room at the National Headquarters in Chicago was named The Mildred Schmidt Room in her honor.

Before moving to Albany, Schmidt served as teacher of nursing at Monmouth Memorial Hospital (now Monmouth Medical Center) and from 1951 to 1958 as Director of the School of Nursing and of Nursing Services. During her years as Director, the School of Nursing at the hospital participated in research projects conducted by Teacher's College, Columbia University, and it was reorganized as a two year nursing program in conjunction with the Long Branch Junior College, now Monmouth University. When Brookdale Community College was established, the hospital school was closed and Brookdale Community College established an associate degree nursing program.

Schmidt resigned from Monmouth Medical Center to join the staff of the National League for Nursing in New York as the first national consultant for associated degree nursing programs. She spent the next four years assisting junior and community colleges in the U.S. to establish associate degree nursing programs.

Following retirement, Miss Schmidt served many years on the Board of the YMCA conference center on Lake George, Silver Bay, NY and chaired major fundraising campaigns. She was an avid supporter of the NJ Symphony Orchestra and served as president of the NJSO League, Monmouth Chapter. She was an active member of the Red Bank Methodist Church and its music program.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 17 at the United Methodist Church of Red Bank. Following the service, friends and family are invited to greet Janet and share refreshments together. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be given to the Scholastic Assistance Fund at the United Methodist Church of Red Bank, 247 Broad St., Red Bank, NJ. The Thompson Memorial Home, Red Bank, is in charge of arrangements.