Advanced Bedside Care Technician

The student will learn effective skills to enhance knowledge gained in basic nursing assistant training. Key elements of the course include: therapeutic communication, cardiac conduction system, bedside electrocardiogram, phlebotomy skills, standard precautions and patient mobility. Students will be prepared to test for certification as a PhlebotomyTechnician and ECG Technician by the National Center for Competency Testing.

The student will learn effective skills to enhance knowledge gained in basic nursing assistant training. Key elements of the course include: therapeutic communication, cardiac conduction system, bedside electrocardiogram, phlebotomy skills, standard precautions and patient mobility. Students will be prepared to test for certification as a PhlebotomyTechnician and ECG Technician by the National Center for Competency Testing.

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Welcome!

The Advanced Bedside Care Technician certificate builds on skills gained as a Certified Nursing Assistant in providing advanced skills at the bedside. The Advanced Bedside Care Technician Program is designed as a next step for a nursing assistant or patient care technician on his/her chosen career path, or for the licensed professional who wants to increase knowledge in phlebotomy, cardiac dysrhythmias and enhanced patient mobility. The graduate will be eligible to test for certification as a Phlebotomy Technician and ECG Technician by the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT).

Graduates of the Morton College Nursing Assistant Program, prior to Fall, 2014, are eligible to achieve an additional Advanced Bedside Care Technician certificate by completing NUR 104 Socialization into Nursing Assistant Career and NUR 106 Advanced Bedside Care Technician (or equivalent with consent of the Program Director).

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Nature of Work

Nursing assistants (CNA) and patient care technicians (PCT) perform routine duties in caring for patients or residents. At some healthcare facilities, the nursing assistant or care technician who receives additional training may be responsible for point of care testing, such as phlebotomy, bedside 12-lead electrocardiography, or assisting the healthcare team in actively improving patient mobility. During phlebotomy, a healthcare worker has increased risk of exposure to blood-borne pathogens. Patient care decisions are directly impacted by results of laboratory and electrocardiography testing. This implies increased accountability on the part of the healthcare worker who obtains these specimens.

Program Requirements

NUR 105 Basic Nursing Assistant Training

Download Student Handbook for Nursing Assistant and Advanced Bedside Care Technician Programs (PDF)

Prerequisites

  • Placement testing scores of 64 for English/Reading and 77% for Arithmetic with two (2) attempts at passing
  • Successful completion of NUR 104 Socialization into Nursing Assistant Career with a grade of "C" or better
  • 16 years of age of older
  • Ability to speak and read English
  • Successfully pass mandatory criminal background check (required by Illinois Department of Public Health-IDPH)

Method of Evaluation

  • The student must pass theory with a minimum grade of: C (78%) or better (A=93-100, B=86-92, C=78-85).
  • The student must receive an S (satisfactory) in clinical and laboratory skills.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Describe the organization of healthcare facilities and the roles of the interdisciplinary healthcare team
  2. Identify the responsibilities of the registered nurse, licensed practical nurse and nursing assistant in a variety of settings
  3. Apply nursing assistant theoretical knowledge in providing basic healthcare services
  4. Perform essential nursing assistant clinical skills
  5. Use accurate and appropriate communication with members of the healthcare team
  6. Employ ethical and moral behaviors, and the characteristics of honesty, responsibility and caring in the provision of patient/resident care
  7. Carry out and follow up on patient/resident care tasks as delegated by the nurse

NUR 106 Advanced Bedside Care Technician

Download Student Handbook for Nursing Assistant and Advanced Bedside Care Technician Programs (PDF)

This course is designed for a student who is a CNA, Illinois licensed healthcare provider or eligible for licensure (per Director approval) who wants additional knowledge and skill in patient customer service, basic cardiac rhythm interpretation, phlebotomy and patient mobility. Graduates of the course are eligible for certification as an ECG Technician and Phlebotomy Technician.

Prerequisites

  • NUR 105 Basic Nursing Assistant Training or equivalent
  • Listed on Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) registry as Certified Nursing Assistant, listed on Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) registry as an Illinois licensed healthcare provider (e.g., RN, LPN, EMT) or eligible for licensure (per Director approval)
  • 18 years of age
  • High school diploma or General Educational Development (GED) certificate
  • American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification for Healthcare Providers (known as CPR)

Method of Evaluation

The student must pass theory with a minimum grade of C (78%) or better. (A=93-100, B=86-92, C=78-85).

A student must meet the following requirements to achieve a grade of S (satisfactory) for clinical/laboratory experiences, and be eligible for national certification:

  • Verified minimum of 25 successful venipunctures (patient)
  • Verified minimum of 5 successful capillary punctures (patient)
  • One (1) successful bedside electrocardiogram (ECG)

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify the roles and responsibilities of the healthcare team
  2. Describe basic circulatory anatomy used in phlebotomy
  3. Perform phlebotomy using appropriate site selection, order of draw and standard precautions
  4. Identify normal sinus rhythm
  5. Perform and provide a basic interpretation of an electrocardiogram at the bedside using standard guidelines
  6. Recognize the importance of early mobility in improving patient outcomes