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Nurse Aide/Orderly  What They Do

Just the Facts

Transports 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.

This career is part of the Health Science cluster Therapeutic Services pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Answers patient call signals, signal lights, bells, or intercom systems to determine patients' needs.
  • Carries messages or documents between departments.
  • Changes soiled linens, such as bed linens, drapes, or cubicle curtains.
  • Cleans and sanitizes patient rooms, bathrooms, examination rooms, or other patient areas.
  • Cleans equipment, such as wheelchairs, hospital beds, or portable medical equipment, documenting needed repairs or maintenance.
  • Collects and transports infectious or hazardous waste in closed containers for sterilization or disposal, in accordance with applicable law, standards, or policies.
  • Collects soiled linen or trash.
  • Disinfects or sterilizes equipment or supplies, using germicides or sterilizing equipment.
  • Lifts or assists others to lift patients to move them on or off beds, examination tables, surgical tables, or stretchers.
  • Positions or holds patients in position for surgical preparation.

Insider Info

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Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 20 lbs., sometimes up to 50 lbs. You might do a lot of lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling.
  • Work in this occupation involves bending or twisting your body more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposed to disease and infections more than once a month through work such as patient care, laboratory work, and sanitation control
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves walking or running more than one-third of the time

Work Hours and Travel

  • Rotating shift work
  • Weekend work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Emergency Room Orderly -- Duties can range from assisting in the physical restraint of combative patients, assisting physicians with the application of casts, transporting patients, shaving patients and providing other similar care to setting up specialized hospital equipment such
  • Surgical Aide -- Responsible for the cleaning and disinfection of the surgical environment, equipment, and instruments and for the maintenance of adequate supply levels; contributes observations to the assessment of patients; and provides support to the surgical team cari