Summary 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 & Technology
Tools used in this occupation:
- Automated external defibrillators AED or hard paddles — Automated external defibrillators AED
- Clinical hydraulic lifts or accessories — Hydraulic patient lifts
- Desktop computers
- 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
- Medical x ray units for general diagnostic use — Portable x ray machines
- Mercury blood pressure units — Manual blood pressure equipment
- Notebook computers — Laptop computers
- Oxygen therapy delivery system products accessories or its supplies — Oxygen therapy equipment
- Patient bed or table scales for general use — Patient bed scales
- Patient care beds or accessories for general use — Adjustable hospital beds
- Patient floor scales — Medical scales
- Patient shifting boards or accessories — Patient transfer boards
- Patient stabilization or fall prevention devices or accessories — Protective patient restraints
- Personal computers
- Razors — Safety razors
- Shower or bath chairs or seats for the physically challenged — Shower chairs
- Special purpose telephones — Multi-line telephone systems
- Specimen collection container — Specimen collection containers
- Therapeutic heating or cooling pads or compresses or packs — Therapeutic cold packs; Therapeutic hot packs
- Wheelchairs — Patient transport wheelchairs
Technology used in this occupation:
Detailed Work Activities
- Dispose of biomedical waste in accordance with standards.
- Clean medical equipment.
- Record vital statistics or other health information.
- Hold patients to ensure proper positioning or safety.
- Clean patient rooms or patient treatment rooms.
- Assess physical conditions of patients to aid in diagnosis or treatment.
- Adjust positions of patients on beds or tables.
- Assist patients with daily activities.
- Transport biological or other medical materials.
- Move patients to or from treatment areas.
- Feed patients.
- Stock medical or patient care supplies.
Interest code: CRS
- 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.
- 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.
- Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Wages & Employment Trends
|Median wages (2015)||$12.30 hourly, $25,580 annual|
|Employment (2014)||53,000 employees|
|Projected growth (2014-2024)||Faster than average (9% to 13%)|
|Projected job openings (2014-2024)||17,800|
|Top industries (2014)|
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data and 2014-2024 employment projections . "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "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, 2016-17 Edition.
- National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) , 228 7th St. SE, Washington, DC 20003. Phone: (202) 547-7424. Fax: (202) 547-3540.