Nurse aides and orderlies assist nurses, physicians and other health care workers in the basic care of patients, and transport patients in wheelchairs and on stretchers for treatment or surgery.
Duties May Include
Nurse Aides, Orderlies, and Patient Service Associates:
Assist nurses, hospital staff, and physicians in the care of patients
Supervise patients' exercise routines, set-up and provide leisure activities, and accompany patients during recreational activities
Take and record blood pressure, temperature, and pulse readings; monitor and record patients' intake and output status; collect specimens; and administer nurse-directed procedures, such as enemas and suppositories
Transport patients in wheelchair or stretcher
Maintain inventories, patients' rooms, and may assist in the set-up and maintenance of equipment.
Examples of Titles
Health Care Aide
Long-Term Care Aide
Patient Care Aide
Personal Care Attendant
The National Occupational Classification (NOC) Code found next to the name of the career is a 4-digit code that classifies occupations by different skill types and skill levels.
The information on careers is adapted from Canadian Occupational Projection System, a project by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, which uses annual data to analyze trends in labour.
© Canadian Occupational Projection System, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, 2011.
© JobFutures, Labour Force Survey, 2006.
© National Occupational Classification, Human Resources Skills and Development Canada, 2006.
© Working in Canada, Labour Force Survey, 2009.