US Air Force Veteran
Tech World: Air Force Veteran Finds Home in HTM Department
AAMI News: November 2014, Vol. 49, No.11
Carl Jones is a biomedical equipment technician at Baylor Medical Center in Garland, TX. When asked what drove him to pursue and ultimately obtain his dream job, he has a one-word answer: determination. As I sit at my workbench, I can’t help but smile, because I am filled with joy. That’s because I not only enjoy my job and get to work with the best biomed team around, but I also didn’t give up, even when I was faced with obstacles.
I honestly can say that my time in the U.S. Air Force strengthened my determination. If I make a goal and decide it’s what I really want, I do whatever tasks are required to achieve my objective. It’s a very simple, logical way of thinking, and it’s been quite effective for me. Looking back, it wasn’t easy to leave the Air Force after six years. I was told I was crazy for doing so by many people. I loved serving my country and defending our freedom, and it was with a heavy heart that I signed for my separation orders last year.
Today, I’m proud because I took a leap of faith for something that I wanted more than anything: to become a biomedical equipment technician. My status as a veteran enabled me to take part in the General Myers Veterans Biomedical Equipment Repair Program at MediSend International in Dallas, TX. At MediSend, my determination was tested yet again. The training was rigorous, reminding me of when I first joined the Air Force; the only things missing were a few screaming drill sergeants and daily physical training!
Despite the challenge, I was determined to succeed. I always have excelled in academics and sat at the top of my class. For me, giving up was not an option; failure was not an option; having any other career other than being a biomed was not an option. I was the most determined student in class, and I knew that I had to be if I wanted to graduate.
As my training was about to come to an end, an amazing opportunity arose in the form of
an internship at Baylor Medical Center (BMC) in Plano, TX. At first, I didn’t know much about BMC Plano, other than it was a hospital offering an internship—frankly, that was all I cared about. I just needed a place to show the world how much I cared about this profession and prove that I had the potential and drive to be a great biomed tech. It didn’t take me long to figure out that Baylor Scott & White Health was the place to be if you’re a biomed and you want to be amongst the best.
Once I heard about Baylor Scott & White Health’s reputation, I knew that’s where I belonged. I was determined to get a biomed tech job within the organization. From the first day of the internship, I worked as if I were getting paid taking the initiative to learn something from everyone I met. That determination paid off, and here I am now—the newest team member at BMC Garland.
I am thankful for the opportunity to call myself a biomedical equipment technician. With just a few months under my belt, I feel as if my journey has only just begun. I look forward to the advancement and evolution of our field; I’m truly honored to be a part of it