Use these suggestions to excel at this essential role in healthcare
Do you like interacting with people? Do want a fast-paced, hands-on job in the medical field that allows you to handle many different tasks throughout the day, while also putting your communication skills to use? Have you always wanted to gain the skills so you could help people directly? If you answered yes to these questions, changes are training to become a patient care technician could be a gratifying career option for you.
To be your very best in this profession, here are some common-sense strategies that can make a big difference:
Be prepared and organized
The daily schedule of a patient care technician is often packed, and may also change at a moment's notice depending on patients’ needs. Thinking ahead and planning carefully will allow you to tackle your tasks and get your job done as quickly and efficiently possible.
Seek guidance from experienced co-workers
Remember that at some point, every one was new to a job—even your most seasoned co-worker or supervisor. They may remember what it feels like to be the “new kid on the block.” Never be afraid to ask questions to gain a better understanding of what needs to be done and what is expected of you.
Be a team player
A team approach is common and necessary in a health-care setting. Be respectful and friendly to your coworkers. You can do this by being on time for work, returning to work promptly after breaks, and staying out of any workplace gossip. Setting a standard for professionalism helps built team morale.
Write it down
There will be a lot to remember as you get used to your new job: names of co-workers and patients, policies and procedures, patient care protocol. It might be a good idea to carry a small notebook or take notes on your phone, so you can jot down questions and record important information. That way the info is at your fingertips and you can look back at it later when needed.
Take care of yourself
If you’re stressed, tired, and run down, you won't be able to take care of your patients effectively. To meet the demands of your job, make sure that you’re maintaining a healthy lifestyle, such as getting enough sleep, eating a balanced diet, and exercising regularly. Always takes your breaks and stretch or get off your feet for a few minutes when you can. These may seem like small things, but they have a big impact on how you are able to perform at your job, day-in and day-out.
Interested in learning more? Here are some details on what you can expect on a daily basis working as a patient care tech. Good luck as you complete your studies. Keep in mind that you are training for a critical, much-needed role in the health-care field assisting patients when they need it the most!
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