Patient Care Technician and LPN/LVN

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    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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    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.
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    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?
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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
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    Quote from TheCommuter
    The bottom line is that the hospitals are out to save some money.

    Read; line the execs pockets.
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    Quote from jimthorp
    Read; line the execs pockets.
    Exactly.

    The rich get richer while the workers get stiffed.
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