Llewellyn Dawn Smith, MSN, RN

ACNA Director

Llewellyn Dawn Smith is a free spirited and fun loving registered nurse and professional educator who demonstrates a candid authenticity and has a child-like enthusiasm for life.  She currently practices as a staff nurse in an outpatient surgery center and teaches BSN nursing at a local college.  A 1985 Tidewater Community College graduate, earning an Associate in Applied Science of Nursing, Llewellyn established a practice in her hometown hospital.  In 1992, Llewellyn continued her education at Old Dominion University, in Norfolk Virginia, obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1992, and then again in 2009, this time earning a Master of Science in Nursing Education.  She currently lives in Portsmouth Virginia and works for a large healthcare system in the area. 

As a registered nurse of more than thirty years, Llewellyn has mastered many roles:  First and foremost, as a practitioner, performing staff nursing duties in several capacities, specializing in intensive care, surgical, emergency and cardiac services.   Llewellyn is passionate about bedside nursing and feels that all nurses should practice clinically.  She currently pre-ops surgical patients and facilitates endoscopy procedures. Secondly, as a nursing educator, Llewellyn teaches all levels of didactic and clinical material for BSN students.  Her students admire her extensive experience and clinical judgement.  Students are particularly fond of Professor’s Smith’s informal curriculum and appreciate her refreshingly honest view point.  In each position, Llewellyn demonstrates a good example, has positive influence and promotes a healthy work environment.  Finally, Llewellyn is a cannabis nurse.  Her support for medicinal and therapeutic uses of marijuana, are deeply personal and rooted in family and social justice.  It is her desire to proactively participate by working within the ACNA to create much needed guidelines for providing stakeholders with medicinal cannabis education/declarations so that patients who choose to medicate with natural cannabis, do not have to leave their hometown in order to legitimately medicate themselves or their family members!   One of Llewellyn’s long term goals is to serve her local community by operating a dispensary in her hometown.

During Llewellyn’s extensive nursing career, she has participated in multiple professional organizations.  As a Certified Critical Care Nurse (CCRN) she was a very 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 honors society, helping to create the Chi Kappa Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International in 2014.  Other organizational memberships include the Virginia National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (VANORML) and the National League for Nursing (NLN).   In October 2015, Llewellyn discovered the American Cannabis Nurses Association, joined immediately and has been an enthusiastic participant ever since!  She is honored to serve as Treasurer and Membership Chair.