If you’ve ever watched doctors and nurses in action, you know they’re dedicated professionals who care passionately about their patients. But did you know that there are many other healthcare workers who also get to help others every day? Patient Care Technicians have lots of direct patient interaction—often more than those doctors and nurses—and serve a vital function on today’s healthcare teams. Have you ever considered a healthcare career? Here’s what you might do as a Patient Care Technician:
Your most important role would be to assist patients. You might take their vital signs, draw blood, care for their wounds, or help them through medical procedures. For patients recovering from surgeries, you’d need to make sure they could get around. You might help them get in and out of bed and walk down the hallway, or assist them as they perform physical therapy activities. You may have to help them eat, dress, and bathe. If your patients are bedridden, you would need to make sure they’re comfortable and that they move often enough not to get bed sores.
You would also work closely with other members of the healthcare team, helping them to provide the best care possible to your patients. Because you’ll have the opportunity to get to know your patients really well, you can serve as liaison between your patients and their families, and the healthcare providers. If you always have the best interest of your patients in mind, you could make an excellent advocate for your patients.
Where you might work:
As you’d probably guess, as a patient care technician, you’d work in hospitals and clinics. But you might also work at rehabilitation centers and nursing homes. Some patient care technicians work as home health aides in assisted living facilities or in private homes. Wherever people are sick or recovering from illness and injury, they could use a little help. Do you have what it takes to be that helper?
The skills you’d need:
Training as a patient career technician would teach you how to care for patients. You’d learn how to take vital signs and assist with a variety of medical tests and procedures. You’d learn all about proper sanitation techniques and the importance of protecting patient privacy.
But some skills you won’t learn from a book or a teacher. You’re just born with them! Are you a compassionate people-person? Do you like helping others? If you care about others and are good at paying attention to details, maybe you’d make a good patient care technician.
At Career Quest Learning Centers, you could train to become a patient care technician in as little as six weeks. Check out all the healthcare programs we have to offer or give us a call in Jackson at 877-365-8144 or in Lansing at 877-481-4930 to learn more now.