33102 – Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates



33102 – Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates
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.

Index of titles
Anesthetic attendant - hospital
Continuing care assistant
Emergency medical care assistant
Emergency medical care attendant (non-paramedical)
Emergency medical responder (non-paramedical)
Emergency room aide
Environmental assistant - medical
Environmental support person - medical
Escort - health services
First aid attendant
First aid attendant - emergency
Geriatric aide
Geriatric health care attendant
Health care aide
Health care assistant
Hospice worker
Hospital aide
Hospital attendant
Hospital orderly
Hospital porter
Hospital service aide - medical
Hospital ward aide
Hostel service aide - medical
Institutional aide
Long term care aide
Medical aide
Medical attendant - patient transfer
Medical orderly
Neuropsychiatric aide
Nurse aide
Nursery aide - hospital
Nursing assistant (non-registered)
Nursing attendant
Nursing home attendant
Nursing orderly
Nursing services aide
Operating room aide
Patient care aide
Patient care assistant
Patient care associate
Patient service aide
Patient service assistant
Patient service associate
Patient service attendant
Patient service worker
Personal care aide - medical
Personal care attendant - medical
Personal care provider - medical
Personal support aide - medical
Personal support worker – nursing care
Psychiatric aide
Registered care aide
Resident care aide - medical
Resident companion - medical
Respite care aide
Service assistant - medical
Service associate - medical
Service attendant - medical
Special care aide - nursing
Special care facility attendant
Special care worker - medical
Support services assistant - medical
Surgical aide
Unit aide - medical
Unit assistant - medical
Unit support technician - medical
Ward aide - medical


Main duties
This group performs some or all of the following duties:
Answer call signals; supply and empty bed pans; bathe, dress and groom patients; serve meal trays, feed or assist in feeding of patients and assist patients with menu selection; weigh, lift, turn, and position patients; shave patients prior to operations; supervise patients' exercise routines, set up and provide leisure activities for patients, accompany patients on outside recreational activities and perform other duties related to patient care and comfort
Take patients' blood pressure, temperature and pulse; report or record fluid intake and output; observe or monitor patients' status and document patient care on charts; collect specimens such as urine, faeces or sputum; administer suppositories, colonic irrigations and enemas and perform other procedures as directed by nursing and hospital staff
Administer, in emergency situations, first aid to injured or ill individuals within the scope of competencies
Transport patients by wheelchair or stretcher for treatment or surgery
Carry messages, reports, requisitions and specimens between departments
Make beds and maintain patients' rooms
Maintain inventory of supplies
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
May transport patients between care facilities.


Employment requirements
Some secondary school education and on-the-job training or a personal support worker, nursing aide or health care aide college or private institutional program, or a college nursing orderly program and supervised practical training are required.
Completion of specialized courses such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and first aid is usually required.
An appropriate class of driver's licence may be required for medical attendants.


Additional information
Licensed practical nurses (32101)
Other assisting occupations in support of health services (33109)
Personal care attendant - home care (in 44101 Home support workers, caregivers and related occupations )
Emergency medical attendant (EMA); emergency medical assistant (in 32102 Paramedical occupations)