What Does a Nurse Technician Do?
A nurse technician, also called a nurse’s aide, is a healthcare professional who works under a licensed nurse or physician and serves in supportive roles to enhance patient care. They work in any setting that requires direct patient care such as nursing homes, hospitals, and private homes.
Nurse Technician Job Overview
In a nurse technician role, you will be working under a licensed nurse or a physician to provide care to patients. You will conduct routine but important tasks, including cooking for, feeding, bathing, dressing, and transporting patients. You will be expected to visit patients and ensure their comfort on a regular basis. When necessary, you will perform basic checkups alongside a registered nurse, maintain patient charts, collect samples, and perform other administrative and clinical tasks.
Nurse Technician Job Responsibilities and Duties
- Maintains personal hygiene of patients
- Monitors patient well-being and medical condition
- Assists with patient care procedures, including check-in, organization of patient histories, chart preparation, and medical examinations
- Performs specialized procedures (e.g. phlebotomy, wound care) according to protocol and guidelines
- Educates patients on medical issues and solutions
- Maintains medicine and supply inventories
- Keeps track of patient records
Nurse Technician Job Requirements
- High school diploma or equivalent
- State training program, if mandated in your state
- Fulfillment of minimum training hours for work in nursing homes, per state guidelines
- Nursing technician certification program within first year
- Knowledge of hospital management and computer systems
- Strong communication skills
- High attention to detail
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