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.