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David Frank

David Frank takes care of a patient

David Frank

Title: Patient Care Technician, Barnes-Jewish Hospital

STLCC Program: Patient Care Technician

Years Attended: 2023

As someone who loves people and has a natural drive to help others, David decided to pursue patient care to help patients maintain their daily lives. It's an essential, in-demand role that keeps hospitals running, with many opportunities to grow into other medical positions.

Q&A with David

Q: What are you doing career-wise now, and what does your position entail?

A: As a patient care technician, I take vitals, lift/turn patients, perform catheter care, keep records and charts, bathe/dress/feed patients (Activities of Daily Living or ADLs), help patients exercise, collect fluid samples for testing, take EKGs, aid nursing staff and physicians, and provide emotional support.

Q: What is your favorite thing about your current role? 

A: Getting to make a difference in the lives of others.

Q: How did your life journey lead you to where you are today?

A: A social worker first told me about home health care when my mom was dealing with heart issues, so I did that for 11 years. I loved it. In the fall of 2019, my husband was diagnosed with Stage 4 kidney cancer. He had been to Barnes-Jewish Hospital a few times and informed me about a patient care technician (PCT) position there. I found out about the College’s PCT program through a message on LinkedIn and decided to pursue it. I've been working on the oncology floor at Barnes-Jewish Hospital since I graduated from the program in May.

Q: How would you say your chosen career path is “transforming” the community?

A: By being there for people in some of their most personal moments.

Q: How did STLCC support and prepare you for where you are today?

A: STLCC provided me with the education and training needed for my job. This program was a wonderful opportunity for me, and I’m so glad I utilized it. I’ve been so happy in my role and with BJC HealthCare.

Q: What was your favorite thing about attending STLCC? 

A: The class material and instructors—I enjoyed everything about the program. Angela Johnson and Susan Weaver were excellent instructors.

Q: What would you say to students considering community college? 

A: Do it. You can obtain a quality education and still achieve your dreams.


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