I believe it is imperative to communicate to new healthcare technology management (HTM) professionals the significant impact their actions can have. This includes both positive and negative outcomes. Every biomed department would be well-served by taking a morning or afternoon to discuss and share vignettes where the biomedical equipment technicians (BMETs)—and all HTM professionals—had a significant impact.
This boosts the esprit de corps of the seasoned technicians and reinvigorates the “why” of their jobs, as well as instilling the “why” into newer techs. I would also encourage and challenge all HTM organizations to adopt or craft a creed that embodies their organization’s “why.”
When people have a purpose, direction, and motivation, they can accomplish amazing and wonderful things. Organizations that communicate and display values-based leadership also attract the very best talent. If the leadership is only interested in the bottom line, however, then you can assume that the employees it attracts are the kind who will give you the bare minimum.
At the U.S. Department of Defense Medical Education & Training Campus BMET Training Program, we introduce students to our “BMET Creed” and have them recite it upon graduation. This is their pledge to fulfill their duty as professional BMETs. After graduation, they will travel to all parts of the world to support their fellow men and women. Each line rings true as to their dedication to the highest principles and goals to which we as service members and human beings aspire.
Wherever there are medical devices and systems around the globe, you can rest assured that a well-trained and dedicated BMET is there to ensure its safety and serviceability. Every ventilator, defibrillator, infusion pump, chemistry analyzer, electrosurgical unit, anesthesia apparatus, and piece of imaging equipment is heavily relied upon in that golden hour between the point of injury and the combat support hospital. It absolutely must function in such an austere environment and do so reliably. This is why military BMETs endeavor to serve their country and all of humanity with integrity and honor.
This is our BMET Creed:
I am a soldier, sailor, or airman in my nation’s military.
I will uphold my service’s core values and honor the obligation I have sworn to the United States.
I solemnly pledge myself before these witnesses to practice faithfully all of my duties as a professional biomedical equipment technician.
I am now part of the DoD health care professionals caring for our nation’s most valuable resources.
I will hold myself to the highest personal integrity.
I will not knowingly permit harm to come to any patient or healthcare team member.
I shall never forget that the lives and the health of others depend on my knowledge, skill, and thoroughness.
I dedicate my heart, mind, and strength to the work before me.
I shall do all within my power to show in myself an example of all that is honorable and good throughout my military career.
All this—I promise!
How does your organization inspire you to be the very best you can be? What can you do to inspire excellence in all that your technicians do?
Master Sgt. Wesley Reid is Army service lead for the BMET Training Program at the Department of Defense Medical Education & Training Campus.