The family home revolved around meeting the needs of people in the communities where they lived, whether it was the Appalachian Mountains in Kentucky, the sandy plains of West Texas, or outside the borders of the United States.
The door to the family home was always open. You were welcome at the table if you needed a meal, and there was always a warm bed and safe refuge for those in need.
The family, including Jamie, served as missionaries in Rome, Italy, where they worked primarily with Christian refugees fleeing communist countries like Russia and Ethiopia. Jamie remembers sharing her bedroom with all kinds of interesting people, from an Ethiopian Christian refugee who had been imprisoned for her faith to a lost runaway German teenager who needed a family and safety.
Growing up, Jamie’s parents cemented the foundation upon which she would build her nursing career: to love others as Christ loved, not judging other’s life circumstances, past decisions, or cultural beliefs, and to make a positive impact on those you encounter on a day-to-day basis.
In August in 1987, Jamie married her high school sweetheart Shane Jones.
At the age of 18, she launched her nursing career by attending the Howard College Licensed Vocational Nursing program in Lamesa, Texas.
When she graduated in 1988, Jamie then followed her husband on his tour of Texas colleges while he completed his education, until they settled in the Lubbock area. Jamie spent 10 years working in endocrinology where she had a passion for diabetes education.
In 1997, Jamie went back to Texas Tech University, where she completed four years of nursing school in a two-year accelerated program while working part-time at a local pharmacy. She graduated with her BSN in 1999.
The family then moved to the Texas Hill Country and after living in Austin a few years settled in Lampasas in 2002. For the first four years as an RN, Jamie worked for a group of independent community pharmacies, developing and implementing patient education programs. These programs sought to improve outcomes for patients who suffered from diabetes, asthma, and high cholesterol. She also helped develop the first program in Texas to certify pharmacists to give immunizations.
In 2003, Jamie left the pharmacy industry to become Director of School Health for Lampasas ISD. This position offered her an exciting new venue to meet the health needs of community members while raising her two daughters. At this school district, she focused on improving immunization rates, developed innovative coordinated school health programs to promote healthy lifestyles local youth, and built an employee health program to care for the district’s teachers and staff.
Motivated by the high number of teenage alcohol-related deaths in the community, Jamie and her daughter Megan implemented the Shattered Dreams program to encourage students not to drink and drive.
One of the benefits of nursing is the wide diversity of jobs and experiences offered. As a registered nurse, Jamie has been blessed to work in a multitude of outpatient nursing positions, many of which were non-traditional settings.
Whether building pharmacy-based management programs for chronic conditions or managing a school district’s health services, one theme remained constant: Jamie remained passionate about helping people of all ages to overcome chronic health conditions to lead healthier, more productive lives.
She combined technology, patient education, and motivational interviewing to help patients find “the healthier you.” Her innovative programs in increasing immunization rates, managing chronic diseases, and promoting wellness brought her state and national recognition. She was a national speaker helping empower other health care providers to implement innovative ideas to improve patient care.
Jamie loves learning; in fact, her husband’s greatest fear is that she will be a permanent college student! With her daughters graduating high school and empty next syndrome looming, Jamie decided in 1997 to advance her education once again and started in the Master of Science in Nursing — Family Nurse Practitioner Program at Texas Tech University online.
This decision allowed her to advance her education while learning from local health care providers. She completed much of her training with local preceptors at Family Medicine Clinic, Rollins Brook Community Hospital, and Metroplex, graduating in 2013.
Jamie then spent six months working at Metroplex in the emergency room, gaining diverse patient care experience as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She left the ER to lead a new initiative to bring health care to the uninsured through the Walmart Care Clinic in Copperas Cove.
Jamie quickly moved into a management position, overseeing the seven Texas Walmart clinics and all staff. This was an incredibly rewarding initiative that provided access to health care for Texas, many of whom hadn’t seen a health care provider in years. She is honored to have been part of such a groundbreaking project. Unfortunately, the position required extensive travel and long hours, which pulled her away from her family and the community she loved.
In February 2015, Family Medicine Clinic offered Jamie a position at the Copperas Cove Clinic, allowing her to return home. She and her husband love Lampasas and Copperas Cove and hope to retire here. They have lived here now for 15 years and raised their family here.
She loves the relationships that she has built with her patients. After searching for more than 25 years, she feels that she has finally found her purpose and home at FMC Copperas Cove.
Jamie’s husband Shane Jones is the CFO at Lampasas ISD. Their oldest daughter Megan graduated from Lampasas High in 2009 and lives in San Angelo, Texas. She works for Angelo State University and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and a Master’s Degree in Education, both from ASU. Jamie’s youngest daughter Samantha graduated from Lampasas High in 2012. She carries on the family tradition of caring for others by earning a Bachelor’s in Athletic Training from ASU. Samantha lives in Abilene, Texas, and works as an athletic trainer for Abilene Bone and Joint.
Jamie Jones’ CV
- Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing — 2013
Master’s of Science in Nursing and Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate
- Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing — 1999
Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing
- Howard College — 1988
Licensed Vocational Nursing Program
- Family Medicine Clinic, Copperas Cove — 2015-present
Family Nurse Practitioner
- QuadMed, Walmart Care Clinic, Copperas Cove — 2014-2016
Family Nurse Practitioner/Clinic Manager
- Family Nurse Practitioner, Emergency Department — 2013-present
- Rollins Brook Community Hospital — 2012-2013
- Lampasas Independent School District — 2003-2012
Director of School Health
- Independent Consulting Business — 2005-2011
Owner & Operator
- TrueCare Pharmacy — 2000-2003
Director of Innovative Care
- Austin Regional Clinic — 1999-2000
Registered Nurse, Pediatrics
- Gracehouse Assisted Living Center — 1998-1999
- PharmVac/Baggett Pharmacy — 1996-1999
Director of Clinical Services
- Cochran Memorial Hospital — 1995-1996
Director of Pharmacy/Staff Nurse
- Jose R. Beceiro, MD — 1989-1995
Office Nurse and Diabetic Educator
- Northwest Texas Hospital — 1988-1989
Staff Nurse Pediatrics
- Award of Excellence from the Texas Department of State Health Services — 2008
- Award of Excellence from the Texas Department of State Health Services LISD Employee Health Program — 2007
- Guest Speaker, Texas Skyward Users Group — 2007-2011
- Guest Speaker, Texas School Nurse Organization — 2008
- Guest Speaker, Washington State Healthy Schools Summit — 2007
- Guest Speaker, Texas School Health Association Annual Conference — 2006
- American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, Board Certified — 2013
- Texas Nurse Practitioners Association — 2010-present
- Texas School Health Association — 2003-2012
Executive Director — 2008-2012
Secretary — 2005-2008
- Texas School Nurse Organization — 2004-present
President Region 12 Chapter — 2010-2012
- Lampasas Health and Wellness Coalition — 2010-2013
- Speaker, Do Well Be Will Diabetes Class through County Extension Office — 2009-present
- Vision Lampasas! — 2009-2012
- Hiking, cycling, kayaking, target shooting