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Orderlies
SOC Code: 31-1015.00

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, Operating Room Assistant, Orderly, Patient Care Assistant (PCA), Patient Care Technician (PCT), Patient Escort, Patient Transporter, Radiology Transporter, Resident Assistant, Transporter

Tasks

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

Technology Skills

  • Medical software - Electronic medical record EMR software; GE Healthcare Centricity EMR; Medical record charting software
  • Operating system software - Microsoft Windows

Tools Used

  • 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

Knowledge

  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

Skills

  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Abilities

  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Trunk Strength - The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Static Strength - The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Extent Flexibility - The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Dynamic Strength - The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
  • Explosive Strength - The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
  • Gross Body Equilibrium - The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
  • Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
  • Stamina - The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.

Interests

  • 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.

Work Context

  • Contact With Others - 95% responded “Constant contact with others.”
  • Exposed to Disease or Infections - 89% responded “Every day.”
  • Physical Proximity - 87% responded “Very close (near touching).”
  • Telephone - 90% responded “Every day.”
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets - 83% responded “Every day.”
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled - 91% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls - 73% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Spend Time Walking and Running - 70% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Spend Time Standing - 64% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate - 63% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety - 69% responded “Very high responsibility.”
  • Work With Work Group or Team - 72% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Face-to-Face Discussions - 74% responded “Every day.”
  • Frequency of Decision Making - 72% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body - 47% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions - 57% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Time Pressure - 68% responded “Every day.”
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results - 52% responded “Very important results.”
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks - 51% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions - 50% responded “Some freedom.”
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People - 44% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Coordinate or Lead Others - 44% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Consequence of Error - 54% responded “Extremely serious.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work - 53% responded “Some freedom.”
  • Wear Specialized Protective or Safety Equipment such as Breathing Apparatus, Safety Harness, Full Protection Suits, or Radiation Protection - 40% responded “Every day.”
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations - 52% responded “Every day.”
  • Deal With External Customers - 38% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Exposed to Contaminants - 46% responded “Every day.”
  • Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions - 32% responded “Every day.”
  • Level of Competition - 38% responded “Moderately competitive.”
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results - 27% responded “No responsibility.”

Education

Percentage of RespondentsEducation Level Required
89%High school diploma or equivalent
7%Less than high school diploma
4%Post-secondary certificate

Work Styles

  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Social Orientation - Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.

Work Values

  • 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 & Trends

  • Median wages (2017)
    • $13.07 hourly, $27,180 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 54,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Average (5% to 9%)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 6,700

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