In the Band: RN Rocks In and Out of the OR

RN plays in a band

Operating Room Registered Nurse strikes the perfect balance between music, work and family.

It’s not often you hear about somebody in a band who’s not looking for a record deal or fame and fortune, but that is the case for Registered Nurse Tommy Bartoldo.

RN plays in a band
Surgical Services RN Tommy Bartoldo, far left, recently performed at the Miracles in Motion Dance Marathon at UNR benefiting the Renown Children’s Hospital.

“It really is a hobby,” Tommy explains. “It’s not like we are driving to get signed or to tour the world. It’s about having a good time.” 

Tommy, who works in surgical services at Renown Regional Medical Center, started writing music when he was 19 years old and spent time in college singing songs from his favorite band, Incubus, at karaoke.

It was after a karaoke contest that Tommy and a few of his friends decided to form their own band, Thursday Knights Out.

“We got the name for Thursday Knights Out as Thursday night tends to be college night out at a bunch of bars around town,” Tommy says. “We wanted to make it unique so we made Knights with a K — we are very chivalrous.”

Thursday Knights Out only perform local shows and have opened for Real Big Fish and Everclear at the Knitting Factory in downtown Reno, which also happen to be two of Tommy’s favorite performances.

Recently the band volunteered their time to play at the Miracle Madness Dance Marathon benefiting Renown Children’s Hospital, donating a portion of their CD sales at the event to the children’s hospital.

So how does Tommy balance his music as a vocalist for two bands — his other band is called Our Devices — work and family?

“I’m married and have two kids so my wife is pretty good about it,” Tommy explains. “I have Thursday through Sunday off so it’s perfect for me.”

Tommy has worked at Renown since 2009, starting as a Certified Nurse Assistant at South Meadows before graduating from nursing school in 2012. Growing up, his mom was  an Emergency Room administrator and his family members spent a lot of time in hospitals so he was very familiar with the environment.

“I always felt very comfortable in them and I figured I’d give it a shot,” he explains. “I fit well in the OR because I can lighten the mood. People are always scared, tense and upset and I try and lighten the mood and try and make their experience as best as possible. I really am a people person and like to help people – genuinely.”