Erica R. Yates, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, CRRN, is a board-certified adult clinical nurse specialist and certified rehabilitation registered nurse at Cleveland Clinic main campus. An expert resource for her colleagues, Yates serves as a clinical leader, incorporating evidence-based practice into the daily care of patients. Yates joined the Cleveland Clinic team in 2011, and shortly after, became a clinical nurse specialist. Previously, she served as a clinical nurse for four years at Cleveland’s University Hospitals’ Case Medical Center and as a student nursing technician within oncology at Summa Health Systems in Akron, Ohio.
Dedicated to ongoing professional development, Yates is a member of the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, Academy of Medical Surgical Nursing, The National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the Golden Key International Honour Society. Additionally, she has presented regionally within hospital, academic and national industry conference settings. Yates is a 2007 recipient of the Kent State University College of Nursing’s Judith Hollander Bess Award for Academic Excellence.
- MSN, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, 2011
- BSN, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, 2007
- Board-Certified Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist (ACNS-BC), American Nurses Credentialing Center
- Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse (CRRN), Association of Rehabilitation Nurses
A clinical leader, Yates not only serves as an expert resource, she also actively educates other caregivers within her unit by assisting with staff skills development and presenting new information related to patient care. One of her primary leadership responsibilities is to assist in maintaining The Joint Commission and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services standards. Yates is also co-coordinator of the Geriatric Resource Nurse (GRN) program, in which she educates nurses throughout the health system on providing evidenced-based care to geriatric patients.
Yates is a clinical nurse specialist in acute rehabilitation and adult epilepsy, with additional expertise in medical-surgical nursing.
On a daily basis, Yates serves as a mentor to her nursing colleagues, often encouraging others to also become nursing mentors and champions. In addition to clinical advice, she educates and assists the nurses on her unit on possible options for career growth and development. Additionally, she has served as a preceptor for graduate students and new registered nurse graduates.
Research, Publications & Presentations
Yates has presented on numerous topics surrounding her clinical expertise, including the role of the clinical nurse specialist in difficult patient situations, identifying and caring for patients with seizures, and coping skills for rehabilitation. Additionally, she is the principal investigator on a research study, entitled “From the Patient’s Perspective: Experiences of Adult Patients on the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit.” Yates will act as co-investigator in an upcoming study designed to examine how bedside nurses view themselves as leaders.
View a selection of her work.
2013. Principal Investigator. From the Patient’s Perspective: Experiences of Adult Patients on the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit.
“Seizures: Identification and Nursing Care” at the Medical-Surgical Symposium; Middleburg Heights, Ohio; October 3, 2013.
“Seizures: Identification and Nursing Care” at the 22nd Annual Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses Convention; Nashville, Tennessee; September 28, 2013.
“Becoming a Certified Nurse: Is it Good For Me? Is it Good For My Patients?” at Nursing Grand Rounds, Cleveland Clinic; Cleveland, Ohio; March 12, 2013.
“Seizures: Identification and Nursing Care” at Nursing Grand Rounds, Cleveland Clinic; Cleveland, Ohio; August 14, 2012.
“Coping Skills for Rehabilitation Nurses,” Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse Review Course, Cleveland Clinic; Cleveland, Ohio; April 30, 2012.
“The Role of the Clinical Nurse Specialist in Difficult Patient Situations,” CNS III online course presentation, Kent State University; Kent, Ohio; 2011.
“Be CAUTI-ous, Use the CAUTI Bundle,” Continuing Education presentation, Metro Health Medical Center; Cleveland, Ohio; 2010
“Mentoring and Coaching in the Nursing and Organizational Spheres,” CNS II online course presentation, Kent State University; Kent, Ohio; 2010.
- Member, National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists
- Member, Academy of Medical Surgical Nursing
- Member, The National Society of Collegiate Scholars
- Member, Golden Key International Honour Society
Honors & Awards
- Nursing Research Fund Award, Cleveland Clinic, 2013
- Employee of the Month, University Hospitals Case Medical Center, 2010
- Judith Hollander Bess Award for Academic Excellence, College of Nursing, Kent State University, 2007
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