LTNN Let's Talk Nursing Now

Our Purpose.

Let’s Talk Nursing Now, a social media network, designed to chronicle the growth and empowerment of nurses. From Let’s Talk Conversations on APN Practice to Smart Practice, we are identifying, documenting, and sharing nursing news and healthcare issues, with a focus on APN practice and concerns.  We report, listen, and share.

In Addition...

…to our daily news scan of topics of interest to nurses, we offer the following:
 
• Let’s Talk Conversations on APN Practice (podcasts and videos)
• Smart Practice – Nursing Law, Policy and Regulation (videos)
• Wellness Tools for Nurses with Eileen O’ Grady (video)
• Nurse Fit and Healthy with Mimi Secor (video)
• LTNN Nurse Prayers and Meditations (video)
 
LTNN provides weekly policy and analysis of current issues of interest to nurses through our newsletter.
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COO & OWNER

Windy Carson-Smith

Windy Carson-Smith is an attorney who advocates for nurses and nursing organizations in their pursuit for equity in the workplace and the healthcare system.

Carson-Smith began working on nursing practice issues over thirty (30) years ago when tasked to write legislation consolidating the regulation of health occupations in the District of Columbia. In doing so, she was the principal drafter of the District’s Health Occupations Revision Act which contained some of the earliest independent practice provisions in the country. Knowing the provisions would face critique by the medical community, she authored the earliest nursing-related request for review on record by the Federal Trade Commission. And over 25 years ago, Attorney Carson-Smith crafted and initiated the grassroots campaign which led to DEA recognition and regulation of independent nurse prescribers. Attorney Carson-Smith identified, advocated and promoted use of the FTC to address anticompetitive practices against advanced practice nurses.

Attorney Carson-Smith has testified before Congress and numerous federal agencies; individually submitted federal and state comments on regulations; visited almost every state in the Union lecturing, speaking or assisting state nurse associations with advanced practice legislation. Advocacy for nursing has taken her quest international and she was a part of the nursing delegation to negotiate NAFTA with Canada and Mexico. Additionally, she has spoken and written for international nursing organizations on advanced practice regulation.

Windy has worked with state nurse associations and other nursing organizations on staffing policies. While with ANA, she was detailed to Illinois and Michigan to assist with collective bargaining campaigns. Early in her career, she was a shop steward in both District and Federal governments (ASCME and AFGE) and she sat on teams and negotiated collective bargaining agreements for associations and government agencies.

The author of several chapters and articles on the law and regulation of nursing practice, Carson-Smith has served on numerous nursing and health editorial boards; and is one of two non-nurses to have been recognized by Nurse Practitioner Magazine on the 25th anniversary of advanced practice. Most recently she was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing for her work on advanced practice regulation and she recently completed a chapter on APN case law and regulation, “Rethinking Nurse Practitioner Laws: Rethinking Nurse Practitioner Laws: Addressing Statutory Provisions Which Impede Growth, Innovation and Expanded Practice”.

With such an expansive career, Ms. Carson-Smith has developed a vast network and community of nurses who discuss, engage and share with her about issues of concern to nursing. Carson-Smith continues to interact with her nursing friends providing expert and professional guidance and support, legal and advocacy services and lobbying support.

Carson-Smith continues to advocate for advanced practice through social media, including a FB page and podcast network (LTNN) dedicated to providing news for and about issues of interest to nurses. Her FB group, Nursing Law, Policy and Regulation regularly posts articles, podcasts and conducts live broadcasts on contemporary practice issues. 

Windy received her undergraduate degree in History and Political Science from Duke University and her law degree from George Washington University. She is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, the Supreme Court of the United States and federal district and appellate courts.

  • Directing and assisting health associations in the development and implementation of policy

  • Conducting workshops, lectures, webinars on health issues from the legal, medical and/or nursing perspectives

  • Developing corporate wellness and fitness programs

  • Providing technical assistance on advanced practice and nurse prescribing policies and clinical practices

  • Management and technical assistance in health specialty areas

  • Developing and/or using proprietary databases to team content specific experts with businesses on health issues

  • Managing and conducting statistical, medical, epidemiological and nursing research on clinical and health policy matters

  • Conducting policy research, developing policy papers, treatises, and analysis of health issues

  • Analyzing legal, regulatory and legislative issues related to health

  • Drafting state and federal legislation, regulation, comments and government legislative, regulatory and policy reports and reports

  • Developing and implementing strategic and grassroots programs for the inclusion of policies into state or federal legislation/regulation

  • Directing and assisting health associations in the development and implementation of policy

  • Conducting workshops, lectures, webinars on health issues from the legal, medical and/or nursing perspectives

  • Developing corporate wellness and fitness programs

  • Providing technical assistance on advanced practice and nurse prescribing policies and clinical practices

  • Management and technical assistance in health specialty areas

  • Developing and/or using proprietary databases to team content specific experts with businesses on health issues

  • Managing and conducting statistical, medical, epidemiological and nursing research on clinical and health policy matters

  • Conducting policy research, developing policy papers, treatises, and analysis of health issues

  • Analyzing legal, regulatory and legislative issues related to health

  • Drafting state and federal legislation, regulation, comments and government legislative, regulatory and policy reports and reports

  • Developing and implementing strategic and grassroots programs for the inclusion of policies into state or federal legislation/regulation

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