Ellen Garfing is a board certified adult-gerontology nurse practitioner with AMA since September 2015. She joins the AMA medical teams caring for patients at Kessler-Saddle Brook and JDT Subacute Rehabilitation.
Ellen graduated Magna Cum Laude from William Paterson University with a bachelor of science in nursing in May 2000 (prior BA from Binghamton University, MCP University of Pennsylvania), after receiving the US Army Nursing Corps, Spirit of Nursing Award and Dean’s Award, School of Science and Health for academic achievement. She was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau, the international honor society for nursing in her junior year.
Prior to becoming a nurse practitioner, Ellen had 14 years of experience as an acute care nurse at Chilton Hospital, Pompton Plains. After two years working in a medical-surgical unit specializing in the care of orthopedic patients, she welcomed the increased responsibility and challenge of critical care nursing. During the next 12 years, she worked in the cardiac intermediate care unit and floated to the intensive care unit when needed. Her patients were on cardiac monitors where the ability to immediately recognize and obtain treatment for adverse cardiac rhythm changes, and unstable conditions including acute heart failure, heart attack, respiratory failure, and stroke was crucial. Seeking more autonomy and the ability take care of patients from assessment through treatment,
Ellen completed UMDNJ, School of Nursing’s (currently Rutgers University) adult- gerontology nurse practitioner program, earning a master of science in nursing, January 2015. She graduated at the top of her nurse practitioner class with a 4.0 average.