Home Medical field The PCT enters the field in the midst of a pandemic

The PCT enters the field in the midst of a pandemic


By Megan Wehring

BUDA – Hundreds and thousands of healthcare workers have quit their jobs amid the pandemic – citing burnout and high-stress work environments as among the main reasons.

Erin Desmarais

For Erin Desmarais, she felt it was the right time for her to join Baylor Scott & White in Buda as a patient care technician.

“I stuck my foot in the door and jumped in,” Desmarais said.

Why did she make this decision? Desmarais thanks her mother, a nurse for more than 20 years, for having convinced her to make up for the staff shortage.

“Initially, when I was younger, I was interested in health care,” Desmarais said. “[Since my mom was a nurse], I got to see some of the realistic standards of nursing and the responsibilities that come with it. So honestly I was a little hesitant to get into healthcare [at first]but my mother [has been]nurse for 20 years and works for Baylor Scott & White. She said to me, “We’re short on staff and I know you’re looking for another job, so give it a try and then see if you want to be in healthcare.”

From first-hand experience, Desmarais has never experienced health care outside of the pandemic. But she said there was a learning curve in understanding the standards and responsibilities that come with treating COVID-19 patients.

As Desmarais is still studying at Texas State University, while also working as a PCT, she encourages her peers and anyone else interested in health care to pursue their goals.

“If it’s something you’re passionate about and considering, go for it,” Desmarais said. “Try. … If you find out that nursing is not for you, there are so many other options. There are other skills you learn besides medicine. You learn interpersonal skills and you can getting involved in your community. It can be a big responsibility, to be honest, but it’s definitely [rewarding] when you see people in your community improving, thanks to the actions you and your colleagues have taken for them.