Patient Care Technicians (PCTs) work under the supervision of the Professional Registered Nurse (RN), and collaborate to meet the needs of the patient by assisting in direct patient care activities. The PCT role at Hannibal Regional includes ambulating patients, providing assistance for daily living activities, taking vital signs, providing environmental support, and facilitating patient safety.
The Nursing Development team began the first PCT Residency class December 8th & 15th for newly hired and experienced PCTs. The program was designed to go beyond basic knowledge and elevate the Hannibal Regional PCTs to become champions, empowering them with the latest evidence based knowledge and information. The focus at the December PCT Residency class was Cardiac and Respiratory. Vital Sign/Orthostatic vital sign review, sepsis protocol, pulse oximetry, oxygen therapy, appropriate patient room set up and proper documentation were discussed. Speakers included Kim Cordes, MSN, AGPCNP-BC, CVNP-BC; Dr. Michael Bukstein; Trista Long, DNP, RN, MBA, ON-C; Sam Dwyer, RRT, RCP; Kim Bouyea, MSN, RN-BC; Vincinne Weathers, BSN, RN; Marie Frankenbach, BSN, RN; and Joni Morris, BSN, RN.
The PCT Residency program will meet quarterly and will include a change project and the following topics: clinical skills, building patient relationships, time management, end of life measures, cross-training, professional development, behavioral health, and communication. The PCT Residency program was designed to invest in the future of Hannibal Regional by encouraging our PCT team members to continually learn and grow professionally throughout their careers.