hello all, I am going to school to be a RN. But I am still in my basics, so for the time being I would like to get my cna just so I can start doing something while I finish up my school. But I have been seeing a lot of patient care tech positions. What is the diffrence in a CNA and a Patient care tech.
I know at one of the hospitals here it has a lot of patient care tech positions that say all u need is cna. Well it reads like this below.
Certification / Licensure: Certified Nurse Assistant - FL
Required Expertise: Patient Care Tech/CAN
What does the /CAN mean???? And I mean does that mean all you need is you CNA or what? I am confused on these job postings. If anyone can help I would appreciate it.
Our hospital trains the CNAs to be PCTs. So it might help to call the HR department of the hospital you choose to work and ask them what their requirements are and if they provide in-house training or if not, whose courses they recommend. I would first put in an online job application, then follow up with a call to the HR department.
Also, you might want to just get your foot in the door doing anything--transporter, for instance--because a lot of these places prefer to hire from within. You would have more of an advantage if you worked there.
I couldn't find ORMC's link for PCT's. Maybe someone else can help, or you should call the HR department and find out what jobs for nursing entry level are available.
Florida Hospital's FAQ link:
Good luck! I'm sure you'll find your answer this way.
Last edit by Angie O'Plasty, RN on Jan 17, '05