Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates perform some or all of the following duties:
A. Answer call signals; supply and empty bed pans; bathe, dress and groom patients; serve meal trays, feed or assist in feeding of patients and assist patients with menu selection; lift, turn or massage patients; shave patients prior to operations; supervise patients' exercise routines, set up and provide leisure activities for patients, and accompany patients on outside recreational activities; and perform other duties related to patient care
B. Take patients' blood pressure, temperature and pulse; report or record fluid intake and output; observe or monitor patients' status and document patient care on charts; collect specimens such as urine, faeces or sputum; administer suppositories, colonic irrigations and enemas and perform other procedures as directed by nursing and hospital staff
C. Transport patients by wheelchair or stretcher for treatment or surgery
D. Carry messages, reports, requisitions and specimens from one department to another
E. Make beds and maintain patients' rooms
F. Maintain inventory of supplies
G. May perform maintenance tasks such as assisting with the set-up and maintenance of traction equipment, cleaning or sterilizing equipment, maintaining and repairing equipment, and assembling, setting-up and operating job-related equipment.
1. Health care and social assistance - 97.0%
2. Administrative and support waste management and remediation services - 1.0%
3. Other services (except public administration) - 1.0%
1. In general, you usually need some high school education and on-the-job training.
2. You may also need a college or private institutional program, such as nursing aide, which includes supervised practical training.
3. Some health care facilities may also require you to complete specialized courses such as cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR), first aid, and food handling/sterile processing.
4. Most recent entrants have a community college diploma.
1. Multidisciplinary Teamwork
2. Interpersonal Communication Skills
3. Customer Relations
The average hourly wages for Nurse Aides, Orderlies and Patient Service Associates is $14.77/HR, which is below to the average for occupations in the health sector and close to the average for all intermediate occupations. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.