The primary duty of patient care technicians is to ensure that patients are comfortable during their hospital stay. They work closely with nurses and other health clinicians, helping with basic tasks like cleaning the sheets and giving baths. Patient care technicians are also known as Certified Nursing Assistants.
The duties of a patient care technician depend on the patient's needs. They may help patients get from their beds to the chair, monitor vital signs, help them dress up, or eat meals. Patient care technicians may also provide emotional support to patients and families by offering a listening ear and relevant health counseling. In some instances, Certified Nursing assistants can also perform tasks like drawing blood and interpreting test results.
To become a patient care technician, you'll need to complete an approved course and pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX) exam. Depending on the employer, you may also be required to pass a background check.