Patient Care Technician Job Description and Profile

Patient Care Technicians implement, monitor and document patient care depending on established criteria, under the supervision of doctors, nurses, or other healthcare professionals. They provide the direct patient care in various healthcare environments. The patient care technicians assist patients with variety of tasks such as getting out of hospital bed, eating, brushing their hair and teeth, and taking a bath while they stay in rehabilitation clinics, hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, or long-term care facilities.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Performing or assisting the client or patient to complete personal hygiene needs, including bathing, grooming, skin care, oral hygiene, dressing, and toileting needs.
  • Performing or assisting client or patients with certain medications or treatments, which are ordered, self administered by the physician, supervised and approved by a nurse.
  • Monitoring vital signs as adumbrated in the care plan and reporting any variation from normal readings to a designee or Nurse in a well-timed manner.
  • Observing and reporting any minor changes in the client or patient’s mental, physical, or home situation or emotional condition to a designee or Nurse in a well-timed manner.
  • Completing required documentation and submitting it to the health care team in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Participating in compulsory in-service education programs and patient care conferences as requested by the health care team.
  • Attempting to promote the clients or patient’s mental alertness by involving them in activities.
  • Assisting in routine maintenance of a safe and healthful environment.

Skills and Specifications

  • Ability to read and interpret operating and maintenance procedure manuals.
  • Ability to speak effectively with physicians, patients and others.
  • Ability to handle complex problems or health issues of patients.
  • Ability to apply compute rate, percent and ratio to interpret and draw bar graphs.

Education and Qualifications

  • General degree or high school diploma in health care related field from an accredited institution.
  • Certification in Nurse assistant or Health care technician is an added advantage.