Tess Enterlante, APN
Tess Enterlante (pictured above) is an advanced practice nurse (APN) and has been working at Bacharach since 1979. Tess started her career as a licensed practical nurse (LPN) and went on to receive a registered nursing degree (RN) from Atlantic County Community College. Next, she received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Richard Stockton College and earned a certification in rehab (CRRN) from the Association of Rehabilitation Nursing in 1985. Her initial master’s degree in nursing was in administration (MSN) for a clinical nurse specialist (CNS) from Trenton State College. Tess did not stop there – she continued her nursing education, earning a post-master’s certificate as a family nurse practitioner (FNP) from The College of New Jersey (formerly Trenton State College). She received her FNP certification in 1999 from the American Nursing Credentialing Center.
An APN must have a master’s degree and have completed certification testing in specific areas such as nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, nurse anesthetist, or nurse midwife. In addition, they need to recertify or renew their certification every five years. APNs are able to function (within their scope of practice) and manage acute and chronic medical conditions in New Jersey with a collaborating physician, order diagnostic tests, treatments, prescribe medications, and make referrals to specialists. Tess explained, “Advanced Practice Nurses utilize knowledge-based decision making skills based on a clinical competency in their specific area of practice.”
Tess works as a nurse practitioner specializing in family rehab medicine. She goes on rounds with the doctors, obtains patient medical histories, and diagnoses, treats and evaluates patients. In addition, she conducts physical exams, admits patients and orders the necessary physical, occupational or rehabilitation treatments, diagnostic studies and medications for these patients.
Tess loves her job, especially the team approach that is such a strong focus at Bacharach. She shared, “I love the interaction with the physicians, health care team, patients and families. At Bacharach we really want our patients to return to their lifestyle and to be able to go home. On day one, after the initial evaluation, we come up with a treatment plan that will help each patient achieve their goals.” She continued, “When our patients are released, we all celebrate. The success of our patients makes me feel like I have accomplished so much and is extremely fulfilling.”