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Andrew Bartkus Profile


Andrew Bartkus, MSN, JD, RN, CEN, CCRN, CFRN, NRP, Esq. is the Emergency Department Director at UNM Sandoval Regional Medical Center (UNMSRMC).   He has been involved in healthcare since 1990 when he began volunteering as an emergency medical technician (EMT) while attending high school in rural Pennsylvania.  Andrew worked both as an EMT and paramedic in the metro-Boston area while pursuing his undergraduate nursing degree and as he began his nursing career.   He continues to hold his paramedic certification and is one of the authors of the current NAEMT national EMT instructor examination.   As an RN, Andrew has worked in a variety of emergency departments in Massachusetts, New York City and New Mexico.  He worked as a flight nurse/paramedic for the Lifeguard helicopter and fixed-wing program at University of New Mexico Hospital for 13 years while completing both a Master’s degree in nursing from UNM College of Nursing and a Juris Doctorate degree from the UNM School of Law.   Andrew maintains a small solo law practice focused on child welfare issues including representation of children in CYFD protective custody following abuse or neglect in their homes.  At UNMSRMC, Andrew oversees the Emergency Department, Emergency Management program, and is the chair of the Biomedical Ethics Committee. 


Andrew has authored over two dozen chapters in a variety of nursing, emergency medical services (EMS) and critical care transport (CCT) textbooks.  He has also authored two full textbooks, one on EMS pharmacology and another on bloodborne pathogens.   Andrew was introduced to the toxicology specialty while working as a Poison Information Specialist at the Massachusetts Poison Control Center, and continues to publish toxicology-focused materials for EMS providers.


Andrew grew up in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, then moved to Massachusetts to complete a BSN degree from Boston College.   He moved to New Mexico in 1999 and currently lives in Placitas with his son and girlfriend.   His hobbies include camping, hiking, kayaking on the Rio Grande, and traveling when there isn’t a pandemic happening.