Patient care technicians help sick and injured patients, and the healthcare professionals who treat them. If you’ve ever considered a career in the medical field and you want an occupation where you actually interact with patients every day, a career as a Patient Care Technician might be right for you. Here’s some of what you’d do:
· Take and monitor vital signs
· Perform blood draws
· Assist patients with bathing and feeding
· Ensure cleanliness of patient rooms and bedding
· Administer patient care supplies
· Perform regular patient safety checks
· Provide emotional support to patients and their families
Does this sound like the career for you? Here’s what to do to get started:
Explore the career
You may love helping people and know you want to pursue a career in medicine, but if you want to become a Patient Care Technician, you need to know what the job is all about. If you don’t know someone who does the actual job, talk to people who work in healthcare. Maybe they work with Patient Care Techs or Nurse’s Assistants. Ask questions! Another way to understand the role you’d play is to look at job postings and review sites. What are employers looking for? What are people saying about the job? When it comes to your future career, leave no questions unanswered.
Research Your Options
Once you’ve come to the conclusion that you do in fact see yourself in this line of work, it’s time to get down to the details. You’ll want training before you start, so you should look into schools that offer the right programs. At Career Quest Learning Centers, our Acute Care Patient Technician Program will teach you the skills you need to provide effective and compassionate patient care. In addition to learning about proper patient treatment, acute care, and phlebotomy, you’ll get to participate in an actual clinical practicum.
That practicum during your healthcare career training is a great place to start, but are there other ways you could get experience? Consider part time jobs in healthcare settings or volunteer work where you’d get to interact with patients and hospital staff. The more familiar you are with the environment, the more you’ll be comfortable once you get to call it your own. And that experience can set you apart from job competitors. It will also help reinforce your interest in the profession and validate your chosen career path.
Polish Your Portfolio
Throughout school, work and everyday situations, look for ways to add to your resume and find new connections. Networking is an important tool to expand your professional relationships and find new career opportunities. Expand your horizons and learn whenever you can about your profession and who is in it. When it comes time to apply for those healthcare jobs, employers will see someone who’s able and ready to start in the medical field.
Career Quest Learning Centers offers the technical skills and personal training you’ll need for a career in patient care. Once you have successfully completed the program, you might pursue a career as a phlebotomist, EKG or lab technician. If you’re in Michigan and want to learn more, give us a call in Lansing at 877-481-4930 today.