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Working As An Operating Room Assistant

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Getting Information
  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • $66,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Operating Room Assistant Do

Nursing assistants, sometimes called nursing aides, help provide basic care for patients in hospitals and residents of long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes. Orderlies transport patients and clean treatment areas.

Duties

Nursing assistants provide basic care and help with activities of daily living. They typically do the following:

  • Clean and bathe patients or residents
  • Help patients use the toilet and dress
  • Turn, reposition, and transfer patients between beds and wheelchairs
  • Listen to and record patients’ health concerns and report that information to nurses
  • Measure patients’ vital signs, such as blood pressure and temperature
  • Serve meals and help patients eat

Some nursing assistants also may dispense medication, depending on their training level and the state in which they work.

In nursing homes and residential care facilities, assistants are often the principal caregivers. They have more contact with residents than other members of the staff. Because some residents stay in a nursing home for months or years, assistants may develop close relationships with their residents.

Orderlies typically do the following:

  • Assist patients with moving about the facility, such as pushing wheelchairs
  • Clean equipment and facilities
  • Change linens
  • Stock supplies

Nursing assistants and orderlies work as part of a healthcare team under the supervision of licensed practical or licensed vocational nurses and registered nurses.

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How To Become An Operating Room Assistant

Nursing assistants must complete a state-approved education program and must pass their state’s competency exam. Orderlies generally have at least a high school diploma.

Education and Training

Nursing assistants must complete a state-approved education program in which they learn the basic principles of nursing and complete supervised clinical work. These programs are found in high schools, community colleges, vocational and technical schools, hospitals, and nursing homes.

In addition, nursing assistants typically complete a brief period of on-the-job training to learn about their specific employer’s policies and procedures.

Orderlies typically have at least a high school diploma and receive a short period of on-the-job training.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

After completing a state-approved education program, nursing assistants take a competency exam. Passing this exam allows them to use state-specific titles. In some states, a nursing assistant or aide is called a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), but titles vary from state to state.

Nursing assistants who have passed the competency exam are placed on a state registry. Nursing assistants must be on the state registry to work in a nursing home.

Some states have other requirements as well, such as continuing education and a criminal background check. Check with state boards of nursing or health for more information.

In some states, nursing assistants can earn additional credentials, such as becoming a Certified Medication Assistant (CMA). As a CMA, they can give medications.

Orderlies do not need a license, however, many jobs require a Basic Life Support (BLS) certification, which shows they are trained to provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Nursing assistants and orderlies must be able to communicate effectively to address patients’ or residents’ concerns. They also need to relay important information to other healthcare workers.

Compassion. Nursing assistants and orderlies assist and care for the sick, injured, and elderly. Doing so requires a compassionate and empathetic attitude.

Patience. The routine tasks of cleaning, feeding, and bathing patients or residents can be stressful. Nursing assistants and orderlies must have patience in order to complete these tasks.

Physical stamina. Nursing assistants and orderlies spend much of their time on their feet. They should be comfortable performing physical tasks, such as lifting or moving patients.

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Operating Room Assistant Career Paths

Operating Room Assistant
Certified Nursing Assistant Registered Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Nursing Director
9 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Team Leader Assistant Manager
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Team Leader Operations Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Assistant Executive Assistant Assistant Manager
Assistant General Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Assistant Executive Assistant Office Manager
Practice Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Assistant Consultant Owner
Co-Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Registered Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Nurse Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Licensed Practical Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Assistant Director Of Nursing
7 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Patient Care Coordinator Office Manager
Business Office Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Surgical Technician Registered Nurse Team Leader
Unit Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Surgical Technician Licensed Practical Nurse Clinical Coordinator
Clinical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Surgical Technician Technician Shift Supervisor
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Crew Member Specialist Therapist
Patient Care Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Crew Member Driver Foreman
Business Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Crew Member Specialist Lead Teacher
Center Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Technician Consultant General Manager
Chief Executive Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Technician Consultant Case Manager
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Teacher Administrator Registered Nurse Case Manager
Wellness Director
7 Yearsyrs
Tutor Lead Teacher House Manager
Home Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Mentor Clinician Residential Supervisor
Residential Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Top Skills for An Operating Room Assistant

  1. Surgery
  2. Customer Service
  3. Surgical Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Transport all necessary materials and instruments to Tucson Medical Center's ambulatory surgery for General Sedation dentistry.
  • Managed customer serviced attention and documented reports.
  • Provide basic patient care in a healing and compassionate environment to patients undergoing surgical procedures.
  • Commended for multitasking abilities and recognized for superior performance and dedicated service through my patient care.
  • Host and dining room assistant responsible for customer service, guest seating as well as running meals to customers.

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Operating Room Assistant Demographics

Gender

Female

48.5%

Male

40.6%

Unknown

10.9%
Ethnicity

White

62.5%

Hispanic or Latino

15.9%

Black or African American

11.2%

Asian

6.8%

Unknown

3.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

59.5%

French

10.0%

Chinese

4.2%

Portuguese

3.7%

German

3.7%

Russian

2.6%

Korean

2.1%

Vietnamese

1.6%

Japanese

1.6%

Hebrew

1.6%

Hindi

1.1%

Mandarin

1.1%

Bengali

1.1%

Thai

1.1%

Cantonese

1.1%

Tagalog

1.1%

Polish

1.1%

Arabic

1.1%

Swedish

0.5%

Dutch

0.5%
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Operating Room Assistant Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.0%

Pennsylvania State University

6.7%

Sam Houston State University

5.5%

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

5.5%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

5.1%

University of Colorado at Boulder

4.7%

Arizona State University

4.7%

University of Missouri - Columbia

4.7%

Temple University

4.3%

University of Central Florida

4.3%

Southern New Hampshire University

4.3%

Kirkwood Community College

4.3%

University of Massachusetts Amherst

4.3%

Monroe Community College

4.3%

University of Pittsburgh -

4.3%

Grand Valley State University

4.0%

University of Alabama

4.0%

Miami Dade College

4.0%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

4.0%

University of Arizona

3.6%
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Majors

Business

16.6%

Nursing

12.6%

Psychology

7.2%

Medical Assisting Services

6.0%

Criminal Justice

5.6%

Biology

5.3%

Medical Technician

5.3%

Kinesiology

5.0%

General Studies

4.9%

Health Care Administration

4.1%

Communication

3.7%

Accounting

3.5%

Liberal Arts

3.3%

Management

3.1%

Chemistry

2.5%

Photography

2.3%

Education

2.3%

Graphic Design

2.3%

Elementary Education

2.1%

Marketing

2.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.6%

Other

28.7%

Associate

13.8%

Masters

8.3%

Certificate

5.3%

Diploma

1.9%

Doctorate

0.8%

License

0.5%
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