Employee Veterans on National Hire a Veteran Day

Mediscan is Proud to Honor Our Employee Veterans on National Hire a Veteran Day

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Mediscan
Posted:
July 25, 2019 13:13 PM (GMT-04:00)
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Faces Behind the Brand

In honor of National Hire a Veteran Day, we wanted to shine a spotlight on some of our current Mediscan employees who are also veterans. We are so proud of all of our employees who have chosen to serve our country, and then continue to serve in the very important role of helping our country’s children upon their return. We asked a couple of them to tell us a little bit about their military background, and what led them to a career in school-based therapy. Here is what they had to say:

Meet Robert Beazizo, a veteran and School Nurse with Mediscan

What motivated you to join the military?
The original motivation when I joined as an enlisted member was to gain both direction and discipline in my life.  When I went in later, after a break in service to attend nursing school, as an officer, I wanted to serve as an Army Nurse and try to emulate those good officers I had served under.

What was your full rank and what part of the armed services were you in?
I was in the U.S. Army.  In the enlisted ranks as a Military Police Officer I reached the rank on E-4/Specialist.  As an officer in the Army Nurse Corps, I reached the ranks of O-2/1st Lieutenant.

What military unit were you a part of?
I was in a number of military units.  I served as an enlisted member from 1987-1990 and as an officer from 1995-1998. The units in was in while enlisted included the 534th Military Police Company (534th MP CO), and United States Army Medical and Dental Activity (USAMEDDAC) in the Republic of Panama and the 984th Military Police Company (984th MP CO) and the 4th Infantry Division (4th ID) at Ft Carson, Co.  As an officer I was assigned to the 67th Combat Support Hospital (67th CSH).  

What was your role in that unit?
My role in my enlisted units were as a Military Police Officer, performing both civilian like police duties as well as military police duties.  My role as an Army Nurse was equal to that of a civilian; I had my BSN, RN at that point

Where did you serve the majority of time in service?
I served most of my time In Würzburg, Germany as an Army nurse.

Did you receive any medals or citations you’re most honored by and why?
I think my most important medal was the NATO medal for service in the former Yugoslavia.  We did real good there.

Can you share with us your fondest memory while in service?
I think the fondest memory I had of my time in the military was the camaraderie in my unit during the buildup to the 1989 war in Panama.  Operation Just Cause started in December of 1989.  By that time, I had transferred to Ft. Carson, Colorado.  When the war officially started, I wanted to be with my comrades.  I found out later that all of my buddies were alright.

What was your first job after leaving the military?
My first job after my enlisted time was up was back at McDonald’s.  It was all I could find even with my experience.  That was in 1990 and I did not stay there long.  After my time as an officer, I secured a job as an RN in a new Emergency Department.

Why did you decide/what inspired you to work in school-based therapy?
The reason I selected school-based therapy was to give my body a break and have some independence in my practice.  I am a 100% service-connected disabled veteran, so I could not see myself in an ED or hospital any longer.  Also, I have always gotten along well with kids and I seem to be able to talk to them and them to me.

What kind of advice would you give to those seeking a career in your current profession?
The advice I have is something that I absolutely did not want to hear as a young nursing student who was already a firefighter/EMT.  Do your time on a medical-surgical floor and just learn.  I hated working Med-Surg for a while in the Army but benefited greatly from it.

What has been your biggest challenge as a school-based professional thus far?
The biggest challenge I have had working as a school-based nurse has been to understand that educators live in a different professional world and health issues that seem basic to me, often need to be explained to them and how it relates to their professional world.  It takes some explaining, but it is a different mindset.

What has your experience with Mediscan’s team been like thus far?
I have enjoyed working for Mediscan immensely. My recruiter has been quite helpful and responsive. I have had no problems.

My commissioning as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army Nurse Corps By Captain (CPT) Paul Hird, also of the Army Nurse Corps. This was in 1995. I apologize for the poor quality of the pictures as these three pics were taken in 1996, 1994 and 1995 respectively, before the digital format was readily available.

Me as a 1st Lieutenant with our first son while stationed in Wurzburg, Germany.

My soon to be wife (Amy) and I at a ball for Reserve Officers Training Corps while I was a senior in nursing school at The University of Portland.


Meet Stacy Harris, a veteran and Speech-Language Pathologist with Mediscan

What motivated you to join the military?
I joined the military with my friend on the buddy system. My friend did not complete the process. I did and didn’t look back.

What was your full rank and what part of the armed services were you in?
I was an Ocean Systems Technician Analyst Petty Officer Second Class in the United States Navy. My job was to localize, detect, and track submarines. Most of my duty stations were 3-year tours. I was stationed on NAS Oak Harbor, WA, Ford Island, HI, and Virginia Beach, VA.

Can you share with us your fondest memory while in service?
My best memories are of my shipmates and how we made ourselves a family away from home. After our watch-cycles we would all hang out together. I am so happy to say that some of us remain in touch.

Why did you decide/what inspired you to work in school-based therapy?
I really enjoy working with children, which is what inspired me to work in school-based therapy. I would advise anyone who is seeking a career in speech-language pathology to stick to it; it is such a versatile field with regard to the range of clients (age, walks of life, etc), range of facilities in which one can work, and areas of specialty.

What has been your biggest challenge as a school-based professional thus far?
My biggest challenge as a school-based professional was navigating a high caseload within the school district I worked. I was very lucky to have a great number of other therapists and professionals to reach out to in order to gain information and advisement.

What has your experience with Mediscan’s team been like thus far?
I have enjoyed a great experience with Mediscan. The thing I’ve most appreciated in my experience is all the personnel I have come into contact with, who follow up on questions and ensure that I am aware of necessary information. My recruiter, Kirstin Small, is absolutely phenomenal!

Are you a veteran looking for a school-based therapy career or know someone else who is? We’d love to hear from you! Take a look at some of our current opportunities.

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