Orderly  What They Do

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Transports patients to areas such as operating rooms or x-ray rooms using wheelchairs, stretchers, or moveable beds. May maintain stocks of supplies or clean and transport equipment.

This career is part of the Health Science cluster Support Services pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Answers patient call signals, signal lights, bells, or intercom systems to determine patients' needs.
  • Carries messages or documents between departments.
  • Changes soiled linens, such as bed linens, drapes, or cubicle curtains.
  • Cleans and sanitizes patient rooms, bathrooms, examination rooms, or other patient areas.
  • Cleans equipment, such as wheelchairs, hospital beds, or portable medical equipment, documenting needed repairs or maintenance.
  • Collects and transports infectious or hazardous waste in closed containers for sterilization or disposal, in accordance with applicable law, standards, or policies.
  • Collects soiled linen or trash.
  • Disinfects or sterilizes equipment or supplies, using germicides or sterilizing equipment.
  • Lifts or assists others to lift patients to move them on or off beds, examination tables, surgical tables, or stretchers.
  • Positions or holds patients in position for surgical preparation.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 20 lbs., sometimes up to 50 lbs. You might do a lot of lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling.
  • Work in this occupation involves bending or twisting your body more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposed to disease and infections more than once a month through work such as patient care, laboratory work, and sanitation control
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves walking or running more than one-third of the time

Work Hours and Travel

  • Rotating shift work
  • Weekend work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Attendant --
  • Operating Room Assistant --
  • Patient Care Assistant (PCA) --
  • Patient Care Technician (PCT) --
  • Patient Escort --
  • Patient Transporter --
  • Radiology Transporter --
  • Resident Assistant --
  • Transporter --