BOSTON - Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has graduated 10 new Patient Care Technicians from the hospital's PCT Pipeline Program.
"I stand before you a PCT," said Sandra Vicente addressing fellow graduates, colleagues and family members. "I'm proud that I'll be doing things I love, such as helping others, and I'm one step closer to my goal of becoming a nurse."
The June graduation marks the second time the PCT Pipeline Program has been offered at BIDMC. The course, taught by unit educators, Liz Carvelli, RN and Joanne Burke, RN, was developed to fill vital roles and help employees at the hospital develop new career paths. The participants came from various departments throughout the hospital with the shared goal of becoming involved in direct patient care at BIDMC.
"The program fits wonderfully with the mission of the hospital. We really want to retain great employees and help promote and develop from within," said Emily Beck, Program Administrator, Workforce Development. "This is a wonderful opportunity for employees who are looking to move up or change careers, and this is a good stepping stone to do that within the health care field."
Students took 6 weeks of evening course work and weekend labs. In the labs, they worked on mannequins and each other, training to take vital signs and test blood sugar levels. During the 3 weeks of hands on clinical time that followed, participants transferred to the floor to work side by side with nurses and doctors providing care for real patients.
"The PCTs came off their classroom time and hit the floor running." said Kathy Clark Hussain, RN, Nurse Manager. "Patient Care Technicians are essential to the care that we deliver everyday. We couldn't do what we do without them."
The newly graduated Patient Care Technicians are now being welcomed into their new jobs and have begun two weeks of orientation on their assigned units.
"I'm feeling good," said graduate Maria Ramos, "I feel that I belong here."
2010 PCT Pipeline Program Graduating Class
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