NA, PCA, PSA - what's the difference?
- 0Oct 28, '03 by gizzy76I'm curious to know what the educational or positonal difference is between these titles.
Where I used to work, I found that when the gals/gents were hired they were NA's, then if they did some minor training within the facility could be granted PCA and then PSA status.
Where I work now, I was told that everyone who comes into the nursing home side is considered a PSA. I'm confused.
Can anyone help?
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- 0Oct 30, '03 by RN~in~CTNot exactly sure of the differences. They are called PCT's at the hospital ~ patient care technicians. I am not sure if they are certified... ie CNA.
At a prev hospital they were called PCA's ~ patient care associates. They were not certified by the state, but they took a course at the hospital.
The PSA was a multi-task role ~ they cleaned the rooms/bathrooms, passed food trays, but no real patient care. The floors had them rather than traditional "housekeeping."
The PSAs could take a course to become PCA's.
Not sure if this helps, or simply adds to the confusion.
- 0Oct 31, '03 by CarVsTreeThose are just titles that the hospital chooses. In my hospital there are 2 different titles for CNA's (certified nursing assistants) based on experience. One is a Nursing Assistant, the other is a Patient Care Technician.
I think CNA is state by state so I don't even know if that is a valid term where you are.
I would call HR and ask them if they can explain what the titles mean.