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Patient Care Technician

Patient Care Technicians play a crucial role in the healthcare industry. They assist doctors, nurses, and other medical personnel in caring for patients. As a Patient Care Technician, you have multiple employment options. PCTs are most frequently observed in hospitals. Employment is sometimes available in assisted living facilities, nursing homes, and long-term care or hospice facilities. It is the responsibility of patient care technicians to assist patients who require assistance with areas of care needs such as bathing, toileting, ambulating, and eating. Although you are not the sole provider of care to the patient, you will be one of the primary care providers.

Available in:

CA

Length of Study

12-18 weeks

Career Level

Gateway/Entry Level

Delivery Type

Lab/Externships, Live/In Classroom

Duties

Working as part of a team with the Registered Nurse, the PCT participates in providing patient care, including:

  • Implements progression mobility guidelines.
  • Ambulating, turning, and repositioning patients.
  • Uses patient handling equipment in lifting, transferring and repositioning, and transporting patients. As needed, may also transfer patients within the Medical Center and deliver and pick up specimens or prescriptions.
  • Assisting with activities of daily living, including but not limited to feeding, bathing, toileting, providing water, answering the phone, and oral care.
  • Patient monitoring, including but not limited to obtaining, recording, reporting vital signs weights, and measuring and recording input and output.
  • May perform EKGs as required.
  • May act as a sitter to ensure that the patient and safety needs are met.
  • Providing care, including hygiene, nutrition, mobility, monitoring, and engaging patients in personal and therapeutic activities.
  • Maintain a safe environment by providing a newly admitted patient with supplies ensuring a clean and tidy bedside and neat linens.
  • Perform other duties as necessary.

Career Opportunities

This entry-level role will place you on a path to increase educational pathways in community health worker, social and human services, counseling, and even social work.

Day in the Life

A patient care technician’s typical day varies depending on the setting in which they work and their employment status (full-time or part-time). Under the direction of the Nurse Manager or designee, the PCT assists the work of the Registered Nurse to meet the needs of the patients to provide safe, quality care.

Job Outlook

Bright outlook, there is a 13% growth for the CNA, From 2020-2030.

Disclaimer: Futuro Health reserves the right to change or update program requirements and qualifications at any time.