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: Attendant, Patient Care Assistant (PCA), Patient Care Technician (PCT), Resident Assistant
This title represents an occupation for which data collection is currently underway.
- 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.
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|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
Wages & Employment Trends
|Median wages (2014)||$11.85 hourly, $24,650 annual|
|Employment (2012)||55,000 employees|
|Projected growth (2012-2022)||Faster than average (15% to 21%)|
|Projected job openings (2012-2022)||19,400|
|Top industries (2012)||
Health Care and Social Assistance (93% employed in this sector)
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data and 2012-2022 employment projections . "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.
Job Openings on the Web
Sources of Additional Information
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- Nursing Assistants and Orderlies . Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition.
- National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) , 228 7th St. SE, Washington, DC 20003. Phone: (202) 547-7424. Fax: (202) 547-3540.