Llewellyn Dawn Smith, MSN, RN

President-Elect

Llewellyn Dawn Smith is a free spirited and fun-loving professional nurse who demonstrates candid authenticity and a delightful enthusiasm for life.  Originally a graduate of Tidewater Community College in 1985, Llewellyn continued her education at Old Dominion University ultimately earning a master’s degree in nursing education.  As a cannabis advocate, she currently volunteers for the American Cannabis Nurses Association.

Ms. Smith is passionate about bedside nursing and feels that all nurses should practice clinically. She currently works as a staff nurse in outpatient surgery at Sentara Obici Hospital.  Llewellyn teaches all levels of didactic and clinical material for BSN students.  Students admire her extensive experience level, approachable style, and clinical judgement.  Students are particularly fond of Professor’s Smith’s informal curriculum and appreciate her refreshingly honest viewpoint. 

During Llewellyn’s extensive nursing career, she has participated in multiple professional organizations.  As a Certified Critical Care Nurse (CCRN) she was an active member of the American Critical Care Nurses Association (AACN).  For ten years, she served the Tidewater Chapter of AACN in multiple officer capacities: secretary, vice-president, president-elect, president, and immediate past president.  Llewellyn also served as vice-president of the Sentara College of Health Sciences Honor Society, helping to create the Chi Kappa Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International in 2014.  Other organizational memberships include the American Nurses Association (ANA) & the Virginia Nurses Association (VNA), the Virginia National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (VANORML) and the National League for Nursing (NLN), and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).   In October 2015, Llewellyn discovered the American Cannabis Nurses Association, joined immediately and has been an enthusiastic participant ever since!

Llewellyn has honorably served ACNA for the last four years as Board of Director, Membership Chairman, Credentialing Chairman and Treasurer.  As Treasurer, Llewellyn served as chairman of the Finance committee and which is responsible for the ACNA budget.  Llewellyn, with support from the Finance committee, successfully maintained her fiduciary responsibilities in the best interest of ACNA.  As membership chairman, Llewellyn and her committee contributed to the growth of cannabis nursing by increasing membership numbers by launching the Ambassador program. Under her guidance, ACNA has created regions for conducting member driven meetups.  ACNA has conducted several webinars specifically targeted for our cannabis nursing member needs.   It is Llewellyn’s desire to continue proactively participating within the ACNA.  Goals include implementing processes to create much needed guidelines for providing stakeholders with medicinal cannabis education and declarations so that patients choosing to medicate with natural cannabis have it as a legitimate option that is further supported by a recognized nursing sub-specialty. Llewellyn currently serves as chairman for the credentialing committee and is actively pursuing an acknowledgement of focused practice for our emerging specialty.