A PCT, or a Patient Care Technician, is a person who gives compassionate care to patients or residents in hospitals, nursing homes or other healthcare facilities. A PCT helps patients with activities such as taking blood pressure, reading the thermometer, sometimes even personal hygiene. You might have to help the person eat, and perhaps even shop for groceries. Some PCTs even do a little light cooking.
Patient Care Technician jobs in the medical line of work are on the rise. It is a worthwhile and satisfying job; you will be valued and by utilizing your compassionate skills you can make a real difference for those in need.
1. Certification is extremely important. In some places you don’t really need one, but if you don’t you won’t advance in the field, and your salary will be low and stay low;
2. Nowadays, the best way to look for a job, PCT or otherwise, is to do an online search. PCTs are called different things in different places, so be aware that PCA (patient care assistant) and CNA (certified nursing assistant) are basically the same thing;
3. Look at the want ads in the newspapers;
4. Don’t forget the job placement office at your old university or college. It’s their job to know where to send former students, so they’re an important resource;
5. Don’t forget the importance of networking! Some organizations don’t advertize, they headhunt, even though this is usually done at a higher level, you never know. So if you know anyone in the business, talk to them. Ask if they know of any PCT job you could fill. Who knows, they may even recommend you!
6. A lot of hospitals want experienced people. One very good way of getting experience if you can’t find a job is to volunteer as a PCT with a good organization and then put it on your resume.