Orderlies, also called nurse or ward assistants, are responsible for assisting medical staff with patient care duties in a hospital setting. Their main responsibilities may vary by facility, but common duties include moving patients using a wheelchair to different parts of the hospital, verifying that linens are stocked and clean, ensuring rooms are clean after procedures and transporting any necessary equipment to specified locations within the hospital. They may also help apply casts, shave and bathe patients, and perform other personal care tasks for patients. Orderlies must follow all laws and hospital regulations related to patient privacy and safety, as well as use protective gear such as gloves and uniforms as required.
A high school diploma or equivalent is typically the minimum educational requirement for orderly positions. Previous related experience is generally required or preferred as well. These individuals must be organized and pay close attention to detail to prevent incidents that compromise health or safety. Orderlies must work effectively with other medical staff, as well as on their own with minimal supervision. They need to be able to stand on their feet and perform other physical duties as required by their positions, such as lifting and moving patients.
Assist patient with daily activities such as eating bathing and dressing.
Provide basic patient care under direction of nursing staff.
Perform basic housekeeping tasks.
Assist with patient transport.