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Patient Care Technician

What do they do?

Patient Care Technicians provide routine nursing care under the supervision of a physician or registered nurse.  Patient Care Techs check in patients, record patient histories, check vital signs, setup charts, coordinate test procedures, assist with patient prep required before medical procedures, change bandages, and perform venipuncture.  Other tasks include moving patients, keeping medical supplies fully in stock and ready for use, and patient education.

Where do they work?   

                                               

Hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation centers, nursing and assisted living facilities.

Educational Requirements

                                                                               

A high school diploma or equivalent is usually required.  Experience in direct patient care including but not limited to one or more of the following areas: completion of school of practical nursing, completion of certified nurse assistant program, one year hospital experience, completion of EMT program & EMT licensure, completion of patient care associate program, or phlebotomist experience/certification.

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