Also called: Patient Care Assistant (PCA), Patient Care Technician (PCT), Patient Transporter, Transporter
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Every hospital, clinic, and nursing home needs a team of skilled professionals to provide personal care to patients, and nursing assistants play a key role. Nursing assistants answer patient call signals, turn or reposition bedridden patients, and ensure each patient receives the appropriate diet. They help patients with daily living activities such as getting out of bed, bathing, dressing, using the bathroom, walking, and exercising. Nursing assistants measure vital signs, such as blood pressure and temperature. They gather, observe, and listen to patients’ health concerns, then document and share them with supervising licensed practical nurses and registered nurses. People in this field use technology such as Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs), billing software, health information databases, and medical record software. A knowledge of Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word is helpful. Nursing assistants must complete state-approved training, lasting between a few months to a year, then pass their state’s certification exam. They work in a variety of health care settings, including hospitals, home health agencies, doctor’s offices and long-term care facilities or nursing homes. Communication with coworkers and patients is a key aspect of a nursing assistant’s job. Their role is vital to patients’ daily health and well-being.
What they do:Transport patients to areas such as operating rooms or x-ray rooms using wheelchairs, stretchers, or moveable beds. May maintain stocks of supplies or clean and transport equipment.
On the job, you would:
- Lift or assist others to lift patients to move them on or off beds, examination tables, surgical tables, or stretchers.
- Transport patients to treatment units, testing units, operating rooms, or other areas, using wheelchairs, stretchers, or moveable beds.
- Disinfect or sterilize equipment or supplies, using germicides or sterilizing equipment.
- customer service
Safety and Government
- public safety and security
- listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
- talking to others
- looking for ways to help people
- understanding people's reactions
- use your lower back and stomach
- lift, push, pull, or carry
- listen and understand what people say
- communicate by speaking
- exercise for a long time without getting out of breath
People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines.
They do well at jobs that need:
- Concern for Others
- Self Control
- Stress Tolerance
- Social Orientation
You might use software like this on the job:
- Electronic medical record EMR software
- GE Healthcare Centricity EMR
Operating system software
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