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Lou Bartolo, MSN

Lou Bartolo


MSN (Entry into Nursing) Program

Nursing in His Bones


How does a former bone marrow and stem cell quality collection manager end up in nursing? Just ask Lou Bartolo, a Master of Science: Entry into Nursing Practice student at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. Though the New Orleans native wanted to be a nurse from a young age, his start was in business.

Bartolo attended Our Lady Holy Cross College and obtained his bachelor’s degree in business administration. Still holding on to the desire to work in health care, he received his Emergency Medical Technician certification and then earned a master’s in health promotion at Northwestern State University of Louisiana. He served as an intern for the Health Resources and Services Administration and then went to Medstar Georgetown University Hospital to work with bone marrow and stem cell quality collection.

To grow within bone marrow and stem collection quality control, Bartolo needed to obtain a minimum of an MSN, which he is now pursuing here at Hopkins. But he won’t stop there. He plans to go for his Doctor of Nursing Practice degree to look at quality control in health care systems. “I’m going to do [the DNP] to have that leadership, and then I can take it to an even higher level not to one department in health care quality, but an entire hospital.”