Patient care technicians are also referred to as certified nursing assistants. This career position is in high demand across the United States. The patient care technician (PCT) is usually employed in a hospital, an assisted living center or a nursing home. Some are employed by home health agencies.

Patient care technicians perform a variety of essential duties for patients in their care. The patient care technician’s primary role is to provide basic care to patients under a nurse’s supervision.

One of the daily tasks that a PCT will be called upon to perform is bathing patients who cannot do this for themselves. The PCT will also help patients to wash and dry their hair as well as comb their hair and shave if necessary.

Many patients will also need assistance getting dressed in the morning and changing into night clothes in the evening. In a nursing home setting, the patient care technician may have to perform this task many times especially with patients who are experiencing incontinence.

The patient care technician will also be called upon to provide help for those who need to be pushed around in wheelchairs or with those who need assistance and support while they are walking. Assistance may be needed to help patients and residents make it to the bathroom or other locations throughout the facility.

In addition to these duties, patient care technicians assist the registered nursing staff in monitoring a patient’s health. Throughout a shift, the PCT will frequently take a patient’s temperature, pulse and blood pressure. It is the PCT’s duty to faithfully and accurately record all of this important information in the patient’s chart.

Another important duty of the patient care technician is monitoring a patient’s overall responsiveness to treatment. Since the PCT spends so much time with each patient, the PCT by observing and talking to the patient can help ascertain if a patient is doing better or worse. The PCT can also monitor whether or not a patient is becoming depressed and if the patient may need additional support and counseling.

In some situations, PCTs may be called upon to help the nurses set up IVs and other medical equipment. The PCT is often asked to help change bandages and dressings.

These are just some of the important duties of a patient care technician. This is a rewarding career for a compassionate and caring individual.