Trauma Survivors Network - provided by ATS

Survive. Connect. Rebuild.

A Program of the ATS

Patient Care Technician (PCT)

Patient Care Technicians (PCTs) are certified nursing assistants who work with doctors, nurses and other healthcare professional to provide direct patient care in a variety of healthcare environments. PCTs often have more contact with the patient than any other health care member including doctors and nurses. PCTs are an important factor in a patient’s recovery by detecting signs of developing problems.

PCTs work under the supervision of nursing or medical staff to provide basic patient care, such as:

  • Recording vital signs, height, weight.
  • Collecting test specimens.
  • Reporting and recording patient condition and patient treatments.
  • Helping patient with nutritional needs, assisting with feeding the patient if necessary, and refilling water and ice.
  • Assisting patients with their mobility and positioning, range of motion exercises, transferring to and from wheelchairs, and with walking.
  • Bathing, dressing, grooming and assisting with personal hygiene.