Elizabeth D. Tate, M.N. ’85

A board-certified family nurse practitioner and clinical instructor in the Department of Neurology at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Tate has for the last 19 years specialized in pediatric movement disorders, serving as clinical director and co-founder of the National Pediatric Myoclonus Center. In 2007 she received the national Claire Chee Award for Excellence in Child Neurology Nursing from the Association of Child Neurology Nurses. The annual award “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.” Tate was first author of Unforgettable Faces: Through the Eyes of a Nurse Practitioner (Atheneum Press, 1999), an exploration of the bonds between a nurse practitioner and her patients and her professional role.