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This guide serves to assist Patient Care Technician students in the process of successfully completing their program.
A patient care technician is a health care professional who supports nurses, doctors and other medical staff in caring for patients during hospital stays or other visits. Patient care technicians observe, catalog and communicate needs and concerns to medical staff while reporting any changes in status to the patient’s care team. These professionals are responsible for making patients feel comfortable and cared for, which often requires them to provide emotional support and guidance to patients during their hospital stay or clinic visit. Some additional responsibilities of a patient care technician may include:
Learn About Being a Patient Care Technician. (n.d.). Retrieved July 29, 2020, from https://www.indeed.com/career-advice/careers/what-does-a-patient-care-technician-do
CNAs provide basic care to patients, including taking vital signs, feeding and bathing. In addition, CNAs often work with medical technology, such as billing software, health information software and medical record charting software. In some states or hospitals, CNAs will administer medication to patients depending on the CNA's training and the state's requirements.
PCTs perform the same tasks as CNAs, but they're also trained to perform additional medical jobs, such as ECG and EKG readings and drawing blood.
Skyler, H. (2018, June 29). What Is the Difference Between a Patient Care Technician and a CNA? Retrieved July 29, 2020, from https://work.chron.com/difference-between-patient-care-technician-cna-18240.html