Fundamental Concepts and Skills for the Patient Care Technician
Lay the foundation for a successful PCT program with Fundamental Skills and Concepts for Patient Care Technicians. Written by Kimberly Townsend Little, PhD, MN, RN, this all-new text helps you guide students in mastering the wide range of care and advanced skills needed by today’s patient care technician. Coverage includes working within the healthcare team, ethics, laws, communication, understanding patients, culture, patient rights, body structure and function, and growth and development. Procedure units cover safety, infection control, moving and transfers, vital signs, patient assessment, care, comfort, hygiene, and grooming, nutrition and fluids, elimination and respiration skills, care of the surgical patient; plus advanced skills such as specimen collection, phlebotomy procedures and ECG procedures. Paired with the robust instructor and student resources housed on the companion website, it’s the all-in-one resource that will successfully prepare your students to pass both the Patient Care Technician and Nursing Assistant certification exams.
- Over 75 step-by-step procedures cover the information found on the Nursing Assistant and Patient Care Technician certification exams.
- Illness and Injury Prevention boxes highlight important safety issues.
- Delegation and Documentation boxes emphasize what information is needed from the nurse before the procedure and what information should be reported and recorded after the procedure.
- Chapter review questions test understanding of chapter content.
- Case scenarios feature realistic clinical situations with questions to help you apply chapter content to actual practice.
- Chapter learning objectives and key terms emphasize important chapter information.
- Chapter summaries provide key points to remember.
Unit 1: Introduction to Health Care
- Today’s Health Care
- The Role of the Patient Care Technician
- Professionalism and Work Ethics
- Communicating with the Health Care Team
Unit 2: The Patient
- Understanding the Patient as a Person
- Patient Rights, Ethics and Laws
- Body Structure and Function/Growth and Development
- Pain Management, Comfort, Rest, and Sleep
Unit 3: Safety
- Asepsis and Infection Control
- Workplace Safety and Body Mechanics
- Patient Safety
- Moving, Positioning, and Preventing Falls
- Basic Emergency Care
Unit 4: Patient Assessment
- Assisting with the Physical Examination
- Measuring and Recording Vital Signs
- Obtaining and Monitoring an Electrocardiogram
Unit 5: Patient Care and Comfort
- Assisting with Admissions and Discharge
- Bedmaking and Hygiene
- Assisting With Grooming
- Assisting With Nutrition and Fluids
- Assisting With Urinary Elimination
- Assisting With Bowel Elimination
- Assisting with Oxygen Needs
Unit 6: Blood and Specimen Collecting and Testing
- Blood Collecting and Processing
- Specimen Collecting and Testing
Unit 7: Surgery and Immobility
- Care of the Surgical Patient
- Heat and Cold Applications
- Care of Wounds and Pressure Ulcers
- Rehabilitative and Restorative Care
Unit 8: Special Care Concerns and Settings
- Care of Women and Children
- Caring for the Older Adult
- Caring for Patients with Mental Health Needs
- Caring for of the Patients with Chronic Conditions
- End-of-Life Care
Kimberly Townsend, PhD, RN, CNE, Chair, MSN Programs