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Become A Patient Escort

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Working As A Patient Escort

  • 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

  • $26,695

    Average Salary

What Does A Patient Escort Do At Johns Hopkins Medicine

* Uses wheelchairs and stretchers to transport patients between designated Hospital areas and facilities as requested.
* Transports specimens, both routine and emergency (STAT) when required.
* May escort patients walking between Hospital facilities.
* Transports deceased patients to the morgue.
* Following departmental procedures indicates appropriate departure/arrival times on designated forms.
* Locates wheelchairs and stretchers for patient transport, and distributes to various areas of the Hospital.
* Reports damaged wheelchairs/stretchers to supervisor.
* Seeks immediate professional assistance in case of patient emergency, or after observing an obvious change in patient affect during transportation

What Does A Patient Escort Do At Ascension Health

* Transports patients via wheelchair, stretcher or bed to designated sites as requested, including patients with oxygen tanks, intravenous pumps, drips, monitors and other equipment.
* Assists patients with entering and exiting vehicles, including transfer from or to wheelchairs or stretchers.
* Delivers equipment and specimens to requesting staff or department.
* Assists staff with removal of deceased bodies from units and transport to morgue.
* Greets and provides information and direction to patients and visitors

What Does A Patient Escort Do At Sodexo Inc.

* Understands and follows all policies and procedures.
* Determines patient name, destination, mode of travel, time, and other data.
* Directs or escorts incoming patients from the admitting office or reception desk to a designated area.
* Assists patients, whether ambulatory or non-ambulatory.
* Transports patients or deceased individuals alone or with assistance, in a bed, wheeled cart, stretcher, gurney or wheelchair to designated areas within the facility.
* Assists in ensuring a safe working environment throughout the facility for all patients, visitors and fellow employees.
* Reports any unsafe conditions immediately to Supervisor.
* Reports all accidents and injuries in a timely manner and identifies and can be asked to correct unsafe work conditions with management oversight.
* Complies with all client & Sodexo HIPAA policies and procedures.
* Complies with all company safety and risk management policies and procedures.
* Reports all accidents and injuries in a timely manner.
* Participates in regular safety meetings, safety training and hazard assessments.
* Applies all applicable OSHA and related local safety requirements to all assigned work.
* Performs all work in accordance with established safety procedures.
* Attend training programs (classroom and virtual) as designated.
* Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned

What Does A Patient Escort Do At The Christ Hospital Health Network

* Transports Patients to and from scheduled treatment appointments by the use of stretchers, wheelchairs, beds, ambulation.
* Assess patient’s ability to transfer to mode of transportation.
* Refers patients perceived to be incapable of transferring without assistance to nurse.
* Reviews handoff report for essential information to care for patient during transport.
* Transportation of patients is carried out in a timely manner according to department guidelines.
* Assists patients to and from wheelchairs, stretchers, or beds with technical staff and nursing assistance as needed.
* Transport assignments are dispatched electronically.
* Observes departmental and hospital safety policies and procedures, including but not limited to:
* Maintains safety standards and uses proper body mechanics while assisting patients in transfer to and from beds, stretchers, wheelchairs, and ambulating.
* Follows patient identification policy (4
* during each transport.
* Safety precautions, i.e. side rails are always in place during transportation.
* Assists with patient care activities such as positioning, lifting, and turning patients, restraining combative patients, assisting patients out of bed during transport process.
* Properly handles oxygen tanks, infusion pumps, IV’s and other medical equipment.
* Utilizes universal precautions at all times when transport or handling patients.
* All patient information is held in confidence at all times.
* Uses and maintains equipment according to vendor protocol and departmental standards.
* Perform related duties based on departmental needs.
* Unit Responsibility/Accountability
* Serves as a positive role model – maintains a positive attitude.
* Participates in unit governance activities.
* Responds to scheduling responsibilities with timeliness.
* Utilizes the time and attendance system appropriately.
* Contributes to unit performance improvement activities.
* Participates in Peer Evaluation process.
* In-services and unit meetings are attended.
* Maintains the integrity of unit equipment.
* Cleans all equipment after each use.
* Completes all unit assignments as assigned.
* Assists visitors to designated areas as needed.
* Performs other duties as required or directed.
* Patient Contact:
* Associate transports newborn, infant, adult, adolescent and geriatric patients via wheelchair, beds, or stretcher to departments/units.
* Evidence exists that the employee has obtained age specific education and training.
* Maintains clutter-free environment within the hospital and surrounding areas.
* Assigned specific areas to monitor by lead transporter.
* Expected to clear unwanted equipment such as wheelchairs, O2 tanks, stretchers, and beds.
* Attends required in-services, including but not limited to:
* Demonstrates proficiency in CPR.
* Completes yearly education/competency review per department guidelines

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How To Become A Patient Escort

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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Patient Escort Demographics


  • Female

  • Male

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

  • Unknown

  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Vietnamese

  • Swedish

  • Chinese

  • Cantonese

  • Arabic

  • Telugu

  • German

  • Amharic

  • Mandarin

  • Carrier

  • Armenian

  • Russian

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Top Patient Escort Skills

  1. Patient Transport
  2. Customer Service
  3. Escort Patients
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Disinfect equipment with approved cleaning product between patient transports.
  • Provided excellent customer service and served as a support for other departments.
  • Escort patients, blood products, specimen, and other patient related articles.
  • Pick up and delivers lab specimens, pharmacy medications, supplies and equipment, charts,x-rays and consultation forms.
  • Keep exam rooms stocked with supplies and instruments.

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