Specializing in Pediatric Movement Disorders
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Elizabeth D. Tate, C-FNP, M.N., is a Certified Nurse Practitioner and faculty member in the Department of Neurology at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. After graduating with distinction from George Mason University School of Nursing, she earned her Masters of Nursing and became a family nurse practitioner at the University of California at Los Angeles. For the past 17 years, Elizabeth has specialized in pediatric movement disorders, serving as Clinical Director and co-founder of the National Pediatric Myoclonus Center. She has numerous clinical, research, teaching, and supervisory responsibilities. As an expert on pediatric opsoclonus-myoclonus syndrome (OMS), Elizabeth is co-investigator on FDA-approved clinical drug trials and multiple research grants and is an advocate for children with the disorder. Also, she has lectured for national nursing organizations, such as NPACE and NAPNAP, spoken on nursing issues on National Public Radio and other media, and authored a book on nurse practitioner role development that is currently used in nursing graduate courses. Elizabeth’s many publications have appeared in The Nurse Practitioner, Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing, Neurology, Movement Disorders, and other peer-review journals. Besides Association of Child Neurology Nurses, other professional nursing organizations she is a member of include the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, the American College of Nurse Practitioners, and the International Council of Advance Practice Nurses.
Elizabeth received the 2007 national Claire Chee Award for Excellence in Child Neurology Nursing from the Association of Child Neurology Nurses. The award, given annually "...recognizes and honors the nurse who has rendered distinguished service within the profession of child neurology nursing, and who demonstrates, through strength of character and competence, a commitment to the care of children and their families with neurological disorders....Their peers recognize their qualities of compassion, resourcefulness, leadership, knowledge, communication, and inspiration."