Today rounds out National Hemodialysis Technicians week and we wanted to take a moment to highlight a recent patient care technician (PCT) graduate. Patient care technicians have daily hands-on experiences with patients by helping them with procedures such as taking vital signs, performing electrocardiography (ECG), blood draws, and hemodialysis, among other needs.
East Valley graduate La Tasha Butler was already attending Pima Medical Institute when she decided to pursue her certification as a patient care technician. She fell in love with the healthcare field and told us the following.
“I was looking for a career. When I researched radiography, I was discouraged to find a two year waiting list at the school I was considering. A friend who was attending Pima Medical Institute’s nursing assistant program encouraged me to consider it. Once I realized how inexpensive and fast the program was, I signed up. A funny thing happened – I fell in love with the medical field! I worked in home healthcare for a time and when Pima Medical called to tell me about their new Patient Care Technician program, I was ready for my next challenge. I stepped into the new PCT program and loved the excitement of learning new skills and procedures. It was a perfect next step and it made me feel really good about myself.”
“I worked as a transporter at Honor Health – Shea Campus in the mornings and attended classes in the afternoon. Upon graduation, I began applying for positions in my hospital and was offered a job in the pre-op and recovery department as a Level 2 PCT. I’m so proud to be a graduate of Pima Medical’s first PCT program. My instructor cared about me as a person and taught me how to be a professional. I love my job and I would definitely recommend this program to others.”
Click here to learn more about the Patient Care Technician Program.