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Details Report for:
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: Patient Care Assistant (PCA), Patient Care Technician (PCT), Attendant, Resident Assistant

This title represents an occupation for which data collection is currently underway.

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Tasks   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

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

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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
Clinical hydraulic lifts or accessories — Hydraulic patient lifts
Electronic blood pressure units — Automated blood pressure cuffs
Electronic medical thermometers — Electronic patient thermometers
Extremity restraints — Patient limb restraints
Gurneys or scissor lifts — Medical gurneys
Medical acoustic stethoscope or accessory — Mechanical stethoscopes
Medical aerosol tents — Oxygen tents
Medical exam or non surgical procedure gloves — Medical examination protective gloves
Medical gas cylinders or related devices — Oxygen tanks
Mercury blood pressure units — Manual blood pressure equipment
Notebook computers — Laptop computers
Patient bed or table scales for general use — Patient bed scales
Patient floor scales — Medical scales
Patient shifting boards or accessories — Patient transfer boards
Razors — Safety razors
Shower or bath chairs or seats for the physically challenged — Shower chairs
Therapeutic heating or cooling pads or compresses or packs — Therapeutic cold packs; Therapeutic hot packs
Wheelchairs — Patient transport wheelchairs

Technology used in this occupation:

Medical software — Electronic medical record EMR software; GE Healthcare Centricity EMR; Medical record charting software

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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.
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.
39   Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
  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.
 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.
 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.

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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2013) $11.75 hourly, $24,440 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 2013 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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