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.
Length of Study
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.
Day in the Life
Bright outlook, there is a 13% growth for the CNA, From 2020-2030.