These trained healthcare professionals have several options about where they can apply their skills
You may not realize that becoming a patient care technician (PCT) can provide you with several employment options in the healthcare field. Let’s break down the kinds of employers that might be looking for someone with this kind of training.
Generally PCTs assist patients with a range of needs, under the supervision of a registered nurse. This can mean helping to transport patients, monitoring their vital signs, or feeding and bathing them. As you would imagine, several kinds of facilities need this kind of assistance. Here is an overview:
Some PCTs may prefer to work in a hospital because these positions often involve a range of medical as well as administrative duties, which can keep the work dynamic and interesting. Doctors and nurses supervise PCTs, in such tasks as:
- helping patients with daily tasks (hygiene, getting dressed)
- stocking supplies
- taking patient histories.
If a hospital has an area of specialization, this would provide opportunities for the PCT to get experience with patients receiving that certain kind of treatment.
Clinics or Doctor's Offices
A PCT who is willing to focus less on caregiving might look for work in a clinic or doctor’s office, where they are likely to do administrative work including managing patient charts, filing, or answering phones. Since they have the right skill set, PCTs here may also be useful in taking patients’ vital signs or measuring height and weight. It’s also possible that PCTs can help with EKGs or other special tests. In some cases a PCT might assist a doctor with treating wounds.
In assisted living centers or nursing homes, PCTs are supervised by nurses as they care for patients and residents. This means helping them with personal hygiene and other basic needs. Some residents may require transportation to onsite facilities such as a dining room. Over time, the PCT might be able to observe any differences in eating habits that could be useful to nurses or doctors.
Home Health Care
PCTs have skills that are valuable to healthcare teams that treat patients within their own homes. Some of the patients who receive this kind of care are individuals with disabilities or the elderly. PCTs may need to assist patients with basic chores around the house as well as day-to-day duties like hygiene and preparing meals. If a patient needs help traveling to a doctor’s appointment or running an errand, the PCT may assist in this as well.
Whichever work environment appeals to you, a PCT training program provides you with options. If you’re ready to take the next step, find out more about preparing for a dynamic and rewarding new career path.
This article is part of the blog for the Salter School of Nursing and Allied Health. We are dedicated to helping our students prepare for meaningful careers in the healthcare field. Learn more about our programs, and reach out to us for information.