Patient Care Technician.............

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    Ok, I'm not real sure where to put this, so I'm just putting it here in the general area. I've applied for a position at a local hospital as a "Patient Care Technician" on night shift so that I can work while I'm in school. (Separating/divorcing from husband...I need an income.) I remember from delivering my children at this same hospital that the PCTs on the PP floor took my vitals, helped me into the shower, changed my linens, checked/changed my c-section dressings, etc. The opening I'm applying for is on a med/surg floor, so I reckon it will be similar to my post-c/s care. Does anyone here have a clue as to what other duties I might expect? What kind of pay scale I might be offered? Will night shift be "quieter" than days? Is this similar to a CNA-type thing? I *do* know that the hospital will train me for this position. My interview is Tuesday.
    Amelia
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    Where I work, Patient Care Technicians are night shift CNA's who do the things you describe, and are cross-trained to perform clerical work too. They set up charts for new admits, process physician orders, fill charts with forms, etc. I think night shift is only slightly "quieter" than days or afternoons- no meals, fewer admits...but don't think patients sleep all night cuz they don't. The pay probably varies with location, ours make somewhere around $9/hr. Good luck on Tuesday!
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    before i finished up nursing school i worked as a apct (advanced patient care technician)...my duties were taking v/s, checking blood sugars, performing adl care things that a nursing student would do in nursing fundementals. i started out at a pay rate of $12.00/ hr if you are not a nursing student who has completed fundementals then you were hired as a pct with a starting pay of $9.58/hour and that is in the peach state. hope this helps



    Quote from dansamy
    ok, i'm not real sure where to put this, so i'm just putting it here in the general area. i've applied for a position at a local hospital as a "patient care technician" on night shift so that i can work while i'm in school. (separating/divorcing from husband...i need an income.) i remember from delivering my children at this same hospital that the pcts on the pp floor took my vitals, helped me into the shower, changed my linens, checked/changed my c-section dressings, etc. the opening i'm applying for is on a med/surg floor, so i reckon it will be similar to my post-c/s care. does anyone here have a clue as to what other duties i might expect? what kind of pay scale i might be offered? will night shift be "quieter" than days? is this similar to a cna-type thing? i *do* know that the hospital will train me for this position. my interview is tuesday.
    amelia
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    At my hospital, they have used PCT's for about 18 months. Their duties include
    IV starts, sterile dsg changes, tube feedings, Fingerstick blood sugars, suctioning, EKG's, suture and staple removal. If there are enough RN's on the floor, then the PCT's perform Nurses aid duties- VS, baths, transport duties. Most earn between $8.50-$12/hour (depending on length of service) They work
    on med-surg, ER., Special care.
    The biggest problem they experience is being asked to do "double duty," as in doing 8 or more baths and patient care, then they are asked to do their PCT work while their co-assigned nurse passes a couple meds, then sits at the desk with their charts the rest of the shift.
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    Quote from cnyrn
    At my hospital, they have used PCT's for about 18 months. Their duties include
    IV starts, sterile dsg changes, tube feedings, Fingerstick blood sugars, suctioning, EKG's, suture and staple removal.

    This sounds totally unsafe. If the PCTs can do so much, why do they have RNs?
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    To save money, of course!
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    Thanks for the input, guys. Let's see how it goes on Tuesday. I'm hoping for $8-10/hr. I really need this job so I can move out. It's time that the kids & I got our own place. I plan to pick up as many extra shifts as I can during the summer so I can save as much as possible.

    Amelia


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