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Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates

OaSIS code 33102.00

Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates assist nurses, hospital staff and physicians in the basic care of patients.

Overview

Also known as

  • 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.

Additional information

No data has been provided for this section.

Similar occupations classified elsewhere

Exclusions:

  • Licensed practical nurses (32101)
  • Other assisting occupations in support of health services (33109)

NOC hierarchy breakdown

NOC version

NOC 2021 Version 1.0

Broad occupational category

3 – Health occupations

TEER

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

Sub-major group

331 – Assisting occupations in support of health services

Minor group

3310 – Assisting occupations in support of health services

Unit group

33102 – Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates

Occupational profile

33102.00 – Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates

Work characteristics

Work characteristics gathers the various components describing the work environment of each occupation, such as employers, work activities, and the work context. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of complexity (for Work Activities) or other measurement dimensions (for Work Context), and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Work Activities

Proficiency or complexity level
Assisting and Caring for Others
5 - Highest Level
Handling and Moving Objects
3 - Moderate Level
Monitoring Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
3 - Moderate Level
Performing General Physical Activities
3 - Moderate Level
Applying New Knowledge
2 - Low Level

Work Context

Structural Job Characteristics

Structured versus Unstructured Work
Degree of freedom to determine tasks and priorities
2 - Low amount of freedom
Work Week Duration
Worked hours in a typical week
2 - Between 35 to 40 hours

Physical Work Environment

Physical Proximity
Physical distance from others
5 - Physically touching or very close

Physical Demands

Sitting
Duration
1 - Very little time
Standing
Duration
4 - More than half the time
Bending or Twisting the Body
Duration
3 - About half the time

Interpersonal Relations

Contact with Others
Frequency
5 - Every day, almost continuously
Duration
5 - All the time, or almost all the time
Work with Work Group or Team
Importance
4 - Highly important
Frequency
4 - Every day, a few times per day

Workplaces/employers

  • Assisted care facilities for the elderly
  • Health care establishments
  • Hospitals
  • Nursing homes

Skills and abilities

This section displays the various competencies required for an occupation. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of proficiency (for Skills and Abilities) or importance (for Personal Attributes) and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Abilities

Proficiency or complexity level
Explosive Strength
4 - High Level
Static Strength
4 - High Level
Arm-Hand Steadiness
3 - Moderate Level
Body Flexibility
3 - Moderate Level
Dynamic Strength
3 - Moderate Level

Skills

Proficiency or complexity level
Management of Material Resources
3 - Moderate Level
Oral Communication: Active Listening
3 - Moderate Level
Social Perceptiveness
3 - Moderate Level
Coordinating
2 - Low Level
Critical Thinking
2 - Low Level

Personal Attributes

Importance
Concern for Others
5 - Extremely important
Adaptability
4 - Highly important
Attention to Detail
4 - Highly important
Collaboration
4 - Highly important
Social Orientation
4 - Highly important