San Jose is facing the same challenge filling nursing jobs as the majority of metro areas in California. There are simply more patients needing care in hospitals than nurses can handle. Sadly, the recession has compounded this problem as San Jose hospitals have slowed in hiring, but RNs are still in great demand in the area and this will only increase. The three main hospitals in San Jose are Good Samaritan Hospital, O.Connor Hospital, and Santa Clara Valley Medical Center.
Patient care technicians (or PC techs) work under the supervision of nursing and medical staff to complete routine tasks and provide direct patient care. Certified nursing assistants, hospital attendants, licensed practical nurses and licensed vocational nurses are examples of patient care technicians. Patient care technician job requirements will vary greatly depending on the job; some will require CNA certification while others will only require a high school diploma. Because of this, patient care technician salary will also vary greatly between positions. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts excellent job growth for nursing aides, orderlies and attendants, at 19%.