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Nurse Aides, Orderlies and Patient Service Associates

Median hourly wage:


What you do:

Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates assist nurses, hospital staff and physicians in the basic care of patients. They are employed in hospitals, nursing homes, assisted care facilities for the elderly and other health care establishments. Emergency medical care attendant are employed by private ambulance services, urgent care centers or other health facilities.

Main job duties:

  • Answer call signals; supply and empty bed pans; bathe and dress; serve meal trays, and feed patients; weigh, lift, turn, and position patients; shave patients prior to operations; and perform other duties related to patient care and comfort
  • Take patients’ blood pressure, temperature and pulse; report or record fluid intake and output; document patient care on charts; collect specimens and perform other procedures as directed by
    nursing and hospital staff
  • Administer emergency first aid to injured or ill individuals within the scope of competencies
  • Transport patients by wheelchair or stretcher for treatment or surgery or between care facilities.
  • 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


Attention to detail and record-keeping
Verbal and written communication
Interpersonal communication skills
Knowledge of medical terminology
Understanding of common disorders

Job title examples:

Health care aide
Hospital attendant
Long term care aide
Nurse aide
Nursing attendant
Patient care aide
Patient service associate
Personal care attendant – medical
Psychiatric aide
Resident care aide – medical


Emergency medical care attendant (non-paramedical)
Emergency medical responder (non-paramedical)
First aid attendant
Medical attendant – patient transfer

Hourly wages:

$17.77 low

$23.00 median

$28.72 high

Education & Training:

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