On the Job
Orderlies transport patients to different areas within a hospital, like operating or x-ray rooms. They use wheelchairs, stretchers, or moveable beds. They may maintain stock or clean equipment.
This career requires physical strength and time standing, walking, or running.
Typical Work Tasks
People who work in this career often:
- Adjust positions of patients on beds or tables.
- Assist patients with daily activities.
- Feed patients.
- Hold patients to ensure proper positioning or safety.
- Clean medical equipment.
- Clean patient rooms or patient treatment rooms.
- Dispose of biomedical waste in accordance with standards.
- Move patients to or from treatment areas.
- Transport biological or other medical materials.
- Stock medical or patient care supplies.
Typical Working Conditions
- Frequent contact with others.
- Exposure to disease or infections.
- Close physical proximity with other people.
- Wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, hard hats, or life jackets.
- Using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools, or controls.
- Walking and running.
- Responsibility for others' health and safety.
- Working with a group or team.
- The importance of being accurate or exact.
- Frequent decision-making.
- Meeting strict deadlines.
- Dealing with unpleasant or angry people.
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