How to Become a PCT in Nebraska

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Are you interested in a career as a PCT in Nebraska?

In that case, you should check out the article below.

We will give you some info on how to get a certification and start working.

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Patient Care Technician Job Description and Duties in Nebraska

If you work as a patient care technician, you will perform your job duties unsupervised.

This means that you need to have a variety of job-related skills.

The job requires aiding the patients of the facility, but also families as well as the personnel working at the clinic.

The daily job duties of a PCT are:

  • Bathing and feeding the patients
  • Catheter care
  • Maintaining patient rooms clean
  • Vital sign monitoring
  • Performing phlebotomy procedures
  • Talking to the patients’ families
  • Escorting patients to various places for further investigations

In Nebraska, you need to enlist in the Nebraska Nurse Aide Registry.

PCTs are often required to take on extra duties.

Patient Care Technician Job Requirements in Nebraska

To become a PCT, you need:

  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Have good communication skills
  • Are detail-oriented
  • Are compassionate
  • Have a clean criminal background
  • Are certified
  • Have physical stamina

You will also need to register for an exam and take it to enlist in the Registry.

Patient Care Technician Education in Nebraska

The Nebraska Nurse Registry asks candidates to enroll in a training program.

Like this, you will get the skills required for the job.

Currently, there are no known PCT programs in Nebraska.

To attend such a course you’ll have to seek one in a different state.

How long you will study varies, but usually, you can expect to be in school for up to a year.

The exception to this rule is the Associates’ degree, which lasts for at least 2 years.

However, pursuing higher education will help you in your job search later on.

The programs for PCT include hours of theory and lab practice.

If you want to enroll in a PCT program, you have to:

  • Have a clean criminal record
  • Passed a drug screening test
  • Passed a TB skin test
  • Have the following health immunizations done:
    • MMR
    • Varicella
    • Hepatitis B
    • Flu
    • Tetanus

The classes usually include subjects as:

  • Providing patient safety
  • Providing basic care
  • Medical terminology and abbreviations
  • Basic infection control procedures and techniques
  • The structure and function of body systems
  • Identifying and reporting changes in the patient’s condition
  • Monitoring and recording bodily functions
  • CPR
  • First aide techniques
  • Drawing blood
  • Inserting catheters

Patient Care Technician Certification in Nebraska

If you plan on getting a license, you first need to take some steps.

Once you complete the program, you can register and take an exam.

The NHA exam requires:

  • Are over the age of 18
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Graduate from a specialized training program
  • Paid the exam fee – $149
  • Show proof of citizenship or nationality
  • Submit a set of fingerprints

According to the NHA, you should have 1 year of experience in the field.

This is only needed if you haven’t finished a training program.

Joining a program is suggested because your tuition fees could be paid by the facility.

The licensing exam lasts for two hours.

During this time, you will have to answer 100 questions.

Before that, you also have to answer 20 pre-test questions.

Patient Care Technician Employment and Salary in Nebraska

In Nebraska, there are numerous healthcare facilities that hire PCTs.

Some facilities include:

  • Hospitals,
  • Clinics,
  • Rehabilitation centers,
  • Long term care and assisted living facilities,
  • Hospices
  • Home care

In Nebraska, the median salary for a PCT is about $31,310 per year.

However, your salary will depend on the city where you live and the credentials you have.

Annual Salary Range:

Average Salary of Patient Care Technicians in Nebraska

City NameSalary
Grand Island$31,686
North Platte$30,722
* Salary information last updated 2024

Regional Salary in Nebraska

RegionEmployedAvg. Annual SalaryAvg. Hourly PayTop 10% Annual SalaryBottom 10% Annual Salary
Grand Island, NE570$35,210$16.93$42,640$29,550
Lincoln, NE2,220$34,380$16.53$40,670$28,970
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA6,840$36,450$17.53$44,620$29,590
* Salary information based on the May 2022 Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) Survey for Nursing Assistants, OCC Code 31-1131, BLS.
* Employment conditions in your area may vary.

Additional Information for Patient Care Technician in Nebraska

If you need additional resources, remember to visit:

  • Nebraska Nurse Aide Registry
  • National Health Association
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