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Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center Nurse Practitioner One of First in U.S. to be Nationally Certified in Emergency Medicine

Chicago, Ill. – Oct. 23, 2013 – Elyse Clair, MSN, APN, ENP-BC, FNP-BC, nurse practitioner in the Emergency Department at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, was recently one of the first in the nation to be board certified as an Emergency Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Clair, who had previously received her board certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner has worked in the Advocate Illinois Masonic ED since 2009 and has been a nurse practitioner in emergency medicine since 2000. She also serves as a content expert for ANCC for the new certification and is the first nurse practitioner in Illinois to have received the new certification.

Clair said there are only a handful of advanced certifications for nurse practitioners, so she appreciates the opportunity to earn certification in her area of clinical expertise.

“This new certification validates our practice even further,” she said. “I feel that this is a great accomplishment professionally. It’s very exciting.”

According to the ANCC, those looking to earn their Emergency Nurse Practitioner certification must:

  • Hold a current nursing license
  • Hold national certification in another nurse practitioner clinical area, including acute care, family and pediatric primary care
  • Hold a master’s, postgraduate or doctoral degree in another nurse practitioner clinical area
  • Have practiced the equivalent of two years full-time as a nurse practitioner in the past three years
  • Have a minimum of 2,000 hours of advanced practice in emergency care in the past three years
  • Have completed 30 hours of continuing education in advanced emergency care in the past three years
  • Have fulfilled two additional professional development categories, including presentations, publication or research and professional service

“I love working in the Emergency Department,” Clair says. “I love the diversity of patients we serve. We have the privilege to help those in need when they are most vulnerable. We really meet the needs of each patient as a whole person.”

Clair said she was inspired early on to become an emergency care clinician, following a visit to a local emergency room on a field trip.

“I experienced something there. It was the start. It sparked a passion in what I wanted to do.”

With her new certification, Clair said she hopes to help establish a nurse practitioner residency program in emergency care.

“A residency program will help to even further validate emergency care as a clinical area of expertise for nurse practitioners,” she said.

About Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center

Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center is a 408-bed hospital in Chicago with a Level I trauma center and a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the highest designations awarded by the state of Illinois. It offers comprehensive inpatient services, including medical, surgical, obstetrics and pediatric care, as well as a full breadth of outpatient services. A recipient of numerous awards for quality and clinical excellence, Illinois Masonic was ranked one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 by Truven Health Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters), as well as named a recipient of the organization’s Everest Award for National Benchmarks in 2010 and 2013. The medical center has also been named a Leader in the Human Rights Campaign’s Healthcare Equality Index for the past four years, as well as one of the Chicago region’s Best Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report for the past two years. In 2012, the hospital achieved Magnet redesignation for excellence and quality in nursing services by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program, as well as certification as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission. Illinois Masonic is part of Advocate Health Care, a 2013 Truven Health Analytics Top 15 U.S. health care system for quality and clinical performance and the largest provider of health care services in Illinois. For more on Illinois Masonic, visit

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