What do nursing assistants and orderlies do?
Sometimes called nursing aides, they help provide basic care for patients in hospitals and residents of long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes. Orderlies transport patients and clean treatment areas.
- Clean and bathe patients or residents
- Help patients use the toilet and dress
- Turn, reposition, and transfer patients between beds and wheelchairs
- Listen to and record patients’ health concerns and report the information to nurses
- Measure patients’ vital signs, such as blood pressure and temperature
- Serve meals and help patients eat
- Help patients to move around the facility by doing such tasks as pushing wheelchairs
- Clean equipment and facilities
- Change linens
- Stock supplies
Overall employment of nursing assistants and orderlies is projected to grow 8 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations.
More information: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/nursing-assistants.htm
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