Interview with Raequon Jones

Interview with Raequon Jones

Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

Anesthesiology and healthcare are my paths because I’ve always enjoyed helping people, easing their pain. I started my medical journey working at a hospice. There, I learned that helping people in need was my calling. Healthcare is defined by so much more than giving medicine or solving a diagnosis; it is about providing patients with safe and maintaining their integrity. Those factors differentiate good care from excellent care.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this?

The most interesting story since I’ve started my career is when I became a travel healthcare provider against COVID. I worked in Intensive Care units ranging from California to Illinois and many states in between. Seeing the different methods in how hospitals handle critical COVID patients helped evolve my understanding of healthcare. Seeing the importance of primary health measures, such as vaccinations were evident in helping to prevent the spread. Overall, ICU COVID care expanded my perspective on healthcare because COVID changed the way healthcare was performed in a hospital setting.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?

Drink water. 6 to 8 hours of sleep. Daily exercise. Meditation. Vacation time. The biggest tip I will give is to put your health first. You cannot care for other people if you aren’t caring for yourself. If you have to take a day off for yourself, do so. Spend time with your family and friends because the support system is also priceless. You will avoid burning out if you hydrate yourself with some self-care, figuratively and literally.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?

I am grateful for my mother who has supported me every step along the way. From birth to now, she has been in my corner without question. A specific story is when I was obtaining my undergraduate degree in nursing. She would ensure my finances, housing, and meal plans are up to date. She constantly reminds me of due dates for paperwork and she never hesitated to drive to see me. We planned coffee dates and catch up when she came and to be honest, those are some of my most fond stories and why she is a huge part of my success.

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?

Yes, as a healthcare provider, ensuring patient safety to the best of my ability is my definition of “goodness”. Every patient is special, unique, and deserves pinnacle care for their ailments, whether it’s cardiac surgery or a simple cut. I also am in a mentorship group, High 2 Higher Education, which helps young men of color gain opportunities in the healthcare field too through exposure and job opportunities.

Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?

“Stay prepared so you don’t have to get prepared” is a quote that my grandmother always spoke to me and the older I become, the more I understand what she meant. This quote is very relevant in my life because I’ve learned to plan before taking action. For example, my journey to Nurse Anesthesiology school was planned since middle school that I was going to be in the medical field doing Anesthesiology. Now I am currently fulfilling that goal and it was due to proper preparation.

How can our readers follow you on social media?

They can follow me on Instagram at @raeqj