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Become A Patient Care Technician

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Working As A Patient Care Technician

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $31,140

    Average Salary

What Does A Patient Care Technician Do

A Patient Care Technician provides daily assistance to patients. They work with doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals in a variety of healthcare facilities.

How To Become A Patient Care Technician

Psychiatric technicians typically need postsecondary education, and aides need at least a high school diploma. Both technicians and aides get on-the-job training.

Education

Psychiatric technicians typically have a postsecondary certificate. Often, they have experience as a nursing assistant or a licensed practical nurse and have completed postsecondary education in nursing.

Some psychiatric technicians also may have a postsecondary certificate or associate’s degree in psychiatric or mental health technology. These programs are offered by community colleges and technical schools and include courses in biology, psychology, and counseling. Psychiatric technician programs may include supervised work experience or cooperative programs, in which students gain academic credit for structured work experience.

Psychiatric aides typically need a high school diploma.

Training

Psychiatric technicians and aides usually have a short period of on-the-job training before they can work without direct supervision.

Training may include working with patients while under the close supervision of an experienced technician or aide. Technicians and aides also may attend workshops, lectures, or inservice training.

Work Experience

Psychiatric technicians typically need clinical experience, which can be gained by working in occupations such as nursing assistant or licensed practical nurse.

Important Qualities

Compassion. Because psychiatric technicians and aides spend much of their time interacting with patients, they should be caring and want to help people.

Interpersonal skills. Psychiatric technicians and aides often provide ongoing care for patients, so they should be able to develop a rapport with them. Gaining such rapport makes psychiatric technicians and aides better able to treat their patients and evaluate their condition.

Observational skills. Technicians must watch patients closely and be sensitive to any changes in behavior. For their safety and that of their patients, they must recognize signs of discomfort or trouble among patients.

Patience. Working with the mentally ill can be emotionally challenging. Psychiatric technicians and aides must be able to stay calm in stressful situations.

Physical stamina. Psychiatric technicians and aides must be able to lift, move, and sometimes restrain patients. They must also be able to spend much of their time on their feet.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Most states do not license psychiatric technicians. California is one of the larger states that does. For those states which license them, technicians usually are required to complete an accredited education program, pass an exam, and pay a fee to be licensed.

Psychiatric aides are not required to be licensed.

The American Association of Psychiatric Technicians offers four levels of certification for psychiatric technicians. The certifications allow technicians to show a high level of professional competency. Requirements vary by certification.

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Top Skills for A Patient Care Technician

EKGDialysisTreatmentPhlebotomyRNBloodPressureADLIVEmergencySituationsBloodSugarsBloodGlucoseLevelsDialysisMachinesPersonalHygieneCPRTelemetryCustomerServiceDrawingBloodPatientInformationMedicalRecordsPersonalCareDataEntry

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Top Patient Care Technician Skills

  1. EKG
  2. Dialysis Treatment
  3. Phlebotomy
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provided doctors and nurses detailed EKG rhythm translations.
  • Administer Haemodialysis treatment per physicians' orders.
  • Copy charts for admissions, Suction, Take Vital Signs and perform Phlebotomy.
  • Clean and disinfect rooms and furnishings to maintain a safe and orderly environment.
  • Measured vital signs, such as pulse rate, temperature, blood pressure, weight and height.

Top Patient Care Technician Employers

What Kind Of Companies Hire a Patient Care Technician

  1. Fresenius Medical Care
  2. Davita
  3. UPMC
  4. UAB Hospital
  5. Anne Arundel Medical Center
  6. The Little Clinic
  7. St. Joseph Hospital
  8. Mercy Medical Center
  9. St. Mary's Hospital
  10. Lifecare, Inc.
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