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Working As A Patients Transporter

  • 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

  • $26,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Patients Transporter 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 A Patients Transporter

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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Average Yearly Salary
$26,000
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$22,000
Min 10%
$26,000
Median 50%
$26,000
Median 50%
$26,000
Median 50%
$26,000
Median 50%
$26,000
Median 50%
$26,000
Median 50%
$26,000
Median 50%
$31,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
PeaceHealth
Highest Paying City
Bridgeport, CT
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
2.1 years
How much does a Patients Transporter make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Patients Transporter in the United States is $26,507 per year or $13 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $22,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $31,000.

Top Skills for A Patients Transporter

  1. Patient Transport Activities
  2. Patient Care
  3. Customer Service
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Maintain full accountability for handling all aspects of day-to-day patient transport activities in support of organizational goals.
  • Practiced quality patient care and compassion, ability to adjust to responsibilities and preparation for exams based on age-specific needs.
  • Greeted customers and valeted vehicles for hospital patients and visitors in an organized and efficient manner; provided excellent customer service.
  • Adjusted liter flow and determined PSI in oxygen tanks; transfer oxygen regulators from one oxygen tank to another.
  • Provide safe transport of patients, lab specimens, & equipment from patient's room to diagnostic & treatment areas.

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Top 10 Best States for Patients Transporters

  1. New York
  2. Massachusetts
  3. Connecticut
  4. Michigan
  5. Pennsylvania
  6. Hawaii
  7. Rhode Island
  8. Vermont
  9. New Jersey
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Patients Transporter Resume Examples And Tips

The average resume reviewer spends between 5 to 7 seconds looking at a single resume, which leaves the average job applier with roughly six seconds to make a killer first impression. Thanks to this, a single typo or error on your resume can disqualify you right out of the gate. At Zippia, we went through over 9,293 Patients Transporter resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

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Patients Transporter Demographics

Gender

Male

51.8%

Female

43.2%

Unknown

5.0%
Ethnicity

White

61.6%

Hispanic or Latino

15.7%

Black or African American

13.2%

Asian

6.2%

Unknown

3.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

71.9%

French

5.5%

Portuguese

3.6%

Hindi

2.4%

Russian

2.4%

Chinese

2.0%

Mandarin

1.6%

Italian

1.2%

German

1.2%

Urdu

1.2%

Arabic

1.2%

Vietnamese

0.8%

Romanian

0.8%

Gujarati

0.8%

Filipino

0.8%

Cantonese

0.8%

Polish

0.8%

Samoan

0.4%

Dutch

0.4%

Hebrew

0.4%
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Patients Transporter Education

Schools

Miami Dade College

8.2%

University of Central Florida

7.0%

Everest Institute

6.5%

Ohio State University

6.5%

Cuyahoga Community College

6.2%

Valencia College

5.6%

Houston Community College

5.4%

Keiser University

5.4%

The Community College of Baltimore County

4.8%

Remington College

4.5%

Wayne State University

4.5%

Macomb Community College

4.2%

Oakland Community College

4.2%

Florida International University

4.2%

Saint Louis Community College

3.9%

Cleveland State University

3.9%

Northern Virginia Community College

3.9%

Wayne County Community College District

3.7%

Ashford University

3.7%

University of South Florida

3.7%
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Majors

Nursing

13.9%

Business

11.6%

Medical Assisting Services

11.5%

Medical Technician

7.8%

General Studies

7.0%

Health Care Administration

6.8%

Criminal Justice

6.6%

Biology

5.8%

Psychology

4.9%

Nursing Assistants

3.4%

Kinesiology

2.8%

Liberal Arts

2.6%

Health Sciences And Services

2.4%

Communication

2.2%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

2.0%

Education

1.9%

Pharmacy

1.9%

Computer Science

1.8%

Management

1.8%

Accounting

1.4%
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Degrees

High School Diploma

37.3%

Bachelors

23.5%

Associate

19.9%

Certificate

8.5%

Diploma

7.6%

Masters

2.2%

License

0.8%

Doctorate

0.2%
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