Patient Care Technician and LPN/LVN

  1. What is the difference between a patient care technician and an LPN/LVN? Ive been reading how they are removing LPNs from hospitals....are PCT working in hospitals, LTC or where? I checked the web for a definition of pct and their duties include what may be LPN duties. Why are they needed? yes, im getting a little concerned.
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  2. 19 Comments

  3. by   TheCommuter
    Many hospitals are showing a preference for patient care techs because they perform some of the LPN/LVN duties and are paid much less. The bottom line is that the hospitals are out to save some money.

    The major difference is the fact that LPNs/LVNs are state-licensed nurses, whereas patient care technicians are not. There are more differences, but I don't feel like flaming or causing a rift at this time.
  4. by   Butterflybee
    Im not looking to flame or create a rift, ptc are news to me and I know nothing about them. I really would like to know the differences besides salary. Are they similar to nursing assistants?
  5. by   TheCommuter
    Quote from butterflybee
    Im not looking to flame or create a rift, ptc are news to me and I know nothing about them. I really would like to know the differences besides salary. Are they similar to nursing assistants?
    Most PCTs are either CNAs or student nurses. Basically they're unlicensed assistive personell.
  6. by   Butterflybee
    Thank you commuter for taking the time to respond. Im trying to understand why this position was created in the first place unless it is simply a new name for nursing assistants. Im also wondering if whoever is trying to phase out LPNs. Nothing personal to the pct.
  7. by   suzanne4
    A PCT can usually do more procedures than the CNA can. Depending on where you are located, they can also draw blood, check glucoses, d/c foleys, etc. They cannot do anything with medications. Nursing students would also be classified under this area, more than a CNA, but they do not have a license so no meds, etc.
  8. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Thank you commuter for taking the time to respond. Im trying to understand why this position was created in the first place unless it is simply a new name for nursing assistants.
    It's all about the money. Creates a "tech" position, and pay them poorly for it.
  9. by   elliottrn2b
    The hospital I work at, there is a slight difference in the Medical Assistants and the PCT's. The PCT's are trained to draw blood and set up EKG's ( the MA's aren't) but they have to go through a little more training than the MA's and CNA's, however the pay is just a slight increase.....I have been hearing rumors of the hospitals phasing all LPn's out though.... YIKES
    Last edit by elliottrn2b on Jan 4, '06
  10. by   jimthorp
    Quote from TheCommuter
    The bottom line is that the hospitals are out to save some money.

    Read; line the execs pockets.
  11. by   TheCommuter
    Quote from jimthorp
    Read; line the execs pockets.
    Exactly.

    The rich get richer while the workers get stiffed.
  12. by   Butterflybee
    Do you think that if I cannot find a job as an LPN, I could be hired in this position for the interum? Or is there "more" special training required
  13. by   TheCommuter
    Quote from butterflybee
    Do you think that if I cannot find a job as an LPN, I could be hired in this position for the interum? Or is there "more" special training required
    You will be able to find a job as an LPN, just most likely not in a hospital. You need to take into consideration all of the LTCs and nursing homes out there that will readily hire LPNs.
  14. by   Butterflybee
    Thanks, I hope so. Ive been surfing the web and have not seen hardly any LPN jobs. Do I just go to a LTC and apply...is that how you find the job?

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