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Top Patient Care Tech Career Paths

Are you thinking of attending our patient care technician school? If so then we congratulate you on making an outstanding choice and a great jump into a new career. The only question now is what path you will take once you finally finish patient care technician school. Many people, then they start out, are of the belief that there are only a few positions that they can take. The truth however is that there are many different career paths that you might set out on and today we’re going to take a look at a few of them.

The Career Paths of a Patient Care Technician

As you already know, most hospitals would be remiss without patient care technicians, and as you move forward through this career you will be tasked with finding your place. Let’s take a quick look at the various types of PCT’s”

Monitor/Telemetry

These technicians are tasked with performing electrocardiograms and monitoring waveforms. If you, as the technician, notice a change in function, it will be up to you to notify the nurses and doctors to ensure that the patient gets the care they need immediately. This, as you can imagine, is one of the most important technician jobs in the field.

Dialysis Technician

A dialysis technician requires significant attention to detail and a willingness to work with the same people over and over again. Dialysis patients receive treatments up to three times per week, and with that being the case you must be willing to pay close attention to patterns and get to know the patient intimately. In addition to that however you need to practice proper handling and equipment sterilization to reduce the risk of infection.

Emergency Room Technician

patient care techniciansThis particular profession differs from some of the others in that it is extremely fast paced and requires you to be cool under pressure. The ER is one of the most exciting places to work as a patient care technician but it is also one of the most stressful! ER technicians need to be quick to respond, and many of their duties will include:

  • Taking Medical Histories
  • Performing Exams
  • Collecting Lab Samples
  • And more

For those who really, truly enjoy a challenge, this might just be the best possible career.

Rehabilitation Technician

If you’re looking for a job that is the same day in and day out then you’re going to want to look elsewhere. If you’re looking for one that does not require mental stamina, then you’ll also want to look elsewhere. Rehabilitation requires you to meet the unique needs of every single patient, many of whom are recovering from accidents or illnesses that have left them immobile. As a rehabilitation technician you will provide direct are, from assisting with daily living needs to stabilizing behavioral patterns. In other words, it will be your job to help establish a new normal.

Hospital PCT

A hospital PCT will possess advanced skills and aid patients with nasogastric tube monitoring, IV maintenance, and much more. They will take vital signs, collect specimens, and even help patients with personal hygiene. As a hospital PCT you will need amazing people skills and you will need to be ready to work in a changing environment.

As you can see, there are many different paths for you to take following patient care technician school and we’re here, ready and willing to give you the education that you truly need to make a difference. If you’re ready to break out of your old 9-5 life, then you’re ready to call us and find out what we can do for you.

 

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