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About the Job

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.

It is also Called

  • Ward Helper
  • Ward Attendant
  • Ward Assistant
  • Ward Aide
  • Transporter
  • Transportation Aide
  • Surgical Orderly
  • Security Orderly
  • Resident Assistant
  • Radiology Transporter
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What They Do

  • Serve or collect food trays.
  • Supply, collect, or empty bedpans.
  • Transport bodies to the morgue.
  • Stock or issue medical supplies, such as dressing packs or treatment trays.
  • Answer patient call signals, signal lights, bells, or intercom systems to determine patients' needs.
  • Stock utility rooms, nonmedical storage rooms, or cleaning carts with supplies.
  • Position or hold patients in position for surgical preparation.
  • Take and record vital signs, such as temperature, blood pressure, pulse rate, or respiration rate, as directed by medical or nursing staff.
  • Turn or reposition bedridden patients, alone or with assistance, to prevent bedsores.
  • Restrain patients to prevent violence or injury or to assist physicians or nurses to administer treatments.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: EI.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Enterprising interests, but also prefer Investigative environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Relationships and Working Conditions in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • 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.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Transportation - Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • 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.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Education Required

These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $30,940 with most people making between $21,390 and $42,080

Outlook

0.80%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 2,380 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 2,570 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 19 openings due to growth and about 51 replacement openings for approximately 70 total annual openings.

Industries that Employ this Occupation

Industry breakdown is not available for this occupation



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