Elyse Clair, RN, MSN, APN, ENP-BC, FNP-BC, a nurse practitioner in the ED at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago, recently was board certified as an emergency nurse practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
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, according to a news release.
Clair said there are a handful of advanced certifications for nurse practitioners and that she appreciates the opportunity to earn certification in her area of clinical expertise.
This new certification validates our practice even further, she said in the release. I feel that this is a great accomplishment professionally. Its 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 masters, 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 ED, Clair said in the release. 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 in the release she was inspired early on to become an emergency care clinician after a visit to an ED on a field trip.
I experienced something there, she said. 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 in the release.