What is the difference between CNA, PCT, LVN and RN?
Certified nursing aide/assistant (CNAs) provide basic patient care under direction of nursing staff, perform duties such as feed, bathe, dress, groom or movie patients, change linens, and documents observations of patient behavior, complaints, or physical symptoms to nurses.
Patient care technicians (PCTs) work alongside doctors, nurses and other health care professionals to provide direct patient care such as eating, getting out of bed and personal hygiene. They also check vital signs, assist in medical exams, perform basic lab procedures and perform EKGs and phlebotomy (drawing blood).
Licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) care for patients under the direction of doctors and registered nurses, taking vital signs, giving injections and dressing wounds, assisting with personal hygiene, collecting lab samples and monitoring medication or treatment.
Registered nurses (RNs) administer medication, perform diagnostic tests, operate medical machinery, develop and carry out health care plans and educate patients and the public.
Most nursing jobs are hands-on medical work that helps to diagnose and treat patients; there are exceptions.