Additional Career Paths After Completing a Certified Nursing Assistant Program
Patient Care Technician
A Patient Care Technician (PCT) is a healthcare professional who works under the supervision of an RN or physician to provide basic patient care. Some of the job duties of a PCT may include:
- Assisting patients with activities of daily living, such as bathing, grooming, and dressing.
- Taking vital signs and recording medical histories.
- Assisting with medical procedures, such as wound care and catheterization.
- Collecting patient samples, such as blood or urine, for laboratory testing.
- Transporting patients to and from appointments or procedures.
- Assisting with the maintenance of medical equipment.
- Maintaining accurate patient records and updating charts.
- Performing basic administrative tasks, such as answering phones and scheduling appointments.
PCTs typically work in hospitals, clinics, or long-term care facilities. They may work with a variety of patients, including those with acute or chronic illnesses, and may be responsible for managing multiple patients at once. PCTs typically complete a nursing assistant program and may also hold additional certifications in areas such as phlebotomy or EKG monitoring. PCTs work as part of a healthcare team and may collaborate with other healthcare professionals, such as RNs, LPNs, and physicians.
A Phlebotomist is a healthcare professional who is trained to collect blood samples from patients for laboratory testing. Some of the job duties of a Phlebotomist may include:
- Explaining the blood-drawing process to patients and answering any questions they may have.
- Identifying patients and labeling blood samples accurately.
- Selecting and preparing the appropriate equipment, such as needles, tubes, and vials, for blood collection.
- Locating veins and inserting needles into veins to draw blood.
- Monitoring patients during and after the blood collection process to ensure their safety and comfort.
- Disposing of used needles and other equipment properly and following appropriate safety protocols.
- Maintaining accurate records of blood samples and test results.
Phlebotomists may work in hospitals, clinics, or blood donation centers. They may work with a variety of patients, including children and adults, and may be responsible for managing multiple patients at once. Phlebotomists typically complete a phlebotomy training program, which may include classroom instruction and hands-on practice, and may also need to be certified or licensed in their state. They must be skilled at working with patients and must have a strong attention to detail to ensure accurate blood collection and labeling.