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31-1015.00 - Orderlies

Transport patients to areas such as operating rooms or x-ray rooms using wheelchairs, stretchers, or moveable beds. May maintain stocks of supplies or clean and transport equipment.

Sample of reported job titles: Attendant, Patient Care Assistant (PCA), Patient Care Technician (PCT), Resident Assistant

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Tasks   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

  • Answer patient call signals, signal lights, bells, or intercom systems to determine patients' needs. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Carry messages or documents between departments. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Change soiled linens, such as bed linens, drapes, or cubicle curtains. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Clean and sanitize patient rooms, bathrooms, examination rooms, or other patient areas. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Clean equipment, such as wheelchairs, hospital beds, or portable medical equipment, documenting needed repairs or maintenance. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Collect and transport infectious or hazardous waste in closed containers for sterilization or disposal, in accordance with applicable law, standards, or policies. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Collect soiled linen or trash. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Disinfect or sterilize equipment or supplies, using germicides or sterilizing equipment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Lift or assist others to lift patients to move them on or off beds, examination tables, surgical tables, or stretchers. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Position or hold patients in position for surgical preparation. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Respond to emergency situations, such as emergency medical calls, security calls, or fire alarms. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Restrain patients to prevent violence or injury or to assist physicians or nurses to administer treatments. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Serve or collect food trays. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Stock or issue medical supplies, such as dressing packs or treatment trays. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Stock utility rooms, nonmedical storage rooms, or cleaning carts with supplies. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Supply, collect, or empty bedpans. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Transport bodies to the morgue. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Transport patients to treatment units, testing units, operating rooms, or other areas using wheelchairs, stretchers, or moveable beds. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Transport portable medical equipment or medical supplies between rooms or departments. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Transport specimens, laboratory items, or pharmacy items, ensuring proper documentation and delivery to authorized personnel. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Turn or reposition bedridden patients, alone or with assistance, to prevent bedsores. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Provide physical support to patients to assist them to perform daily living activities, such as getting out of bed, bathing, dressing, using the toilet, standing, walking, or exercising. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Separate collected materials for disposal, recycling, or reuse, in accordance with environmental policies. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Take and record vital signs, such as temperature, blood pressure, pulse rate, or respiration rate, as directed by medical or nursing staff. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Automated external defibrillators AED or hard paddles — Automated external defibrillators AED See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Clinical hydraulic lifts or accessories — Hydraulic patient lifts See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Desktop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electronic blood pressure units — Automated blood pressure cuffs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electronic medical thermometers — Electronic patient thermometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Extremity restraints — Patient limb restraints See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Gurneys or scissor lifts — Medical gurneys See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical acoustic stethoscope or accessory — Mechanical stethoscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical aerosol tents — Oxygen tents See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical exam or non surgical procedure gloves — Medical examination protective gloves See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical gas cylinders or related devices — Oxygen tanks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical x ray units for general diagnostic use — Portable x ray machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mercury blood pressure units — Manual blood pressure equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Notebook computers — Laptop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Oxygen therapy delivery system products accessories or its supplies — Oxygen therapy equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Patient bed or table scales for general use — Patient bed scales See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Patient care beds or accessories for general use — Adjustable hospital beds See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Patient floor scales — Medical scales See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Patient shifting boards or accessories — Patient transfer boards See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Patient stabilization or fall prevention devices or accessories — Protective patient restraints See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Razors — Safety razors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Shower or bath chairs or seats for the physically challenged — Shower chairs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Special purpose telephones — Multi-line telephone systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Specimen collection container — Specimen collection containers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Therapeutic heating or cooling pads or compresses or packs — Therapeutic cold packs; Therapeutic hot packs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wheelchairs — Patient transport wheelchairs See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Medical software — Electronic medical record EMR software; GE Healthcare Centricity EMR; Medical record charting software See more occupations related to this technology.

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Detailed Work Activities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

  • Dispose of biomedical waste in accordance with standards. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Clean medical equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Record vital statistics or other health information. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Hold patients to ensure proper positioning or safety. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Clean patient rooms or patient treatment rooms. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assess physical conditions of patients to aid in diagnosis or treatment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Adjust positions of patients on beds or tables. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assist patients with daily activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Transport biological or other medical materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Move patients to or from treatment areas. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Feed patients. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Stock medical or patient care supplies. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Credentials

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Interests   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Occupational Interest
Interest
89 
Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.See more occupations related to this interest.
72 
Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.See more occupations related to this interest.
39 
Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.See more occupations related to this interest.
6 
Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.See more occupations related to this interest.
0 
Artistic — Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.See more occupations related to this interest.
0 
Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Values   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Extent
Work Value
61 
Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.See more occupations related to this work value.
56 
Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.See more occupations related to this work value.
31 
Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.See more occupations related to this work value.
22 
Achievement — Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.See more occupations related to this work value.
17 
Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.See more occupations related to this work value.
17 
Recognition — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2014) $11.85 hourly, $24,650 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 55,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Faster than average (15% to 21%) Faster than average (15% to 21%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 19,400
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)
Health Care and Social Assistance (93% employed in this sector)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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