33102 – Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates

Broad Occupation Category

3 - Health occupations


3 – Occupations usually require a college diploma or apprenticeship training of less than two years; or more than six months of on-the-job training

Major Group

33 – Assisting occupations in support of health services

Broad Occupation Category

331 – Assisting occupations in support of health services

Broad Occupation Category

3310 – Assisting occupations in support of health services

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.

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Example Titles

  • Health care aide

  • Hospital attendant

  • Long term care aide

  • Nurse aide

  • Nursing attendant

  • Orderly

  • Patient care aide

  • Patient service associate

  • Personal care attendant - medical

  • Psychiatric aide

  • Resident care 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.