Alexis Totaro, RN, MSN, WHNP-C, CARN-AP, Administrative Director, Psychiatry & Outpatient Behavioral Health and Wellness
Alexis Totaro, Administrative Director of Psychiatry and Outpatient Behavioral Health and Wellness, has had a very eclectic and exciting career in Nursing. She prides herself on this being in both the clinical arena as well as in various leadership roles.
Alexis received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing, as well her Master of Science degree in Nursing as a Women’s Health Advanced Practice Nurse from Seton Hall University. Alexis then continued her commitment to life-long learning, by earning an additional Advanced Practice Certification in Addictions Nursing. She is also licensed by the State of New Jersey as Forensic Nurse Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner.
Previous leadership roles at Hackensack University Medical Center and elsewhere in the community, included: Operations Manager for the Institute for Breast Care, Primary Care Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner for the Women’s Outpatient Center, Emergency Department Management to serving as Administrative Director for Women and Children’s Services. Alexis was the first Coordinator for the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program originally headed by the YWCA and then, under the direction of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, she proudly served as the first Chief Nursing Officer for the Bergen County Correctional facility under the Leadership of former Sheriff McGuire. During her tenure there, she headed many health care initiatives and partnerships which resulted in positive patient outcomes and positive financial savings for the County of Bergen. This included the first true clinical rotation of nursing students from Felician University. She also served as The Director of Clinical Information, Events and Planning for The Institute of Gender Specific Medicine at Columbia University partnered with His/HerMedicine.com
Alexis serves as an Adjunct Professor for Seton Hall University and Saint Peters University. She is passionate in her quest to mentor and coach our future nurses as well as elevating the standards of care and practice for psychiatric nurses in general. Her many community lectures and participation in events is evidence to her commitment to her work with women as well as all patients and families struggling with mental health issues. Her hope is to increase awareness and decrease stigma.
Alexis is board certified by the National Certification Corporation as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner as well as board certified by The International Nursing Society for Addictions Nursing as an Advanced Practice Nurse in Addictions.
Personally, she has great satisfaction with a program she has developed for women in her local community to assist in the work life balance and provide unique ways for therapeutic communication and healing. She labels this her “walk and talk” groups. This allows small groups of women of all ages to come together, support each other, laugh, cry, and walk all at the same time with expert facilitation to address real life issues that affect us all.