As shown below, more than half of all nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants worked in nursing and residential care facilities in 2010:
|Nursing and residential care facilities||55%|
|Hospitals; state, local, and private||28%|
|Home health care services||3%|
About 2 percent of nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants are self-employed.
The work of nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants is strenuous. They spend much of their time on their feet as they take care of many patients or residents. They may also have to do unpleasant tasks, such as emptying bedpans and changing soiled sheets.
They wear uniforms to protect their clothing and to promote cleanliness.
Because they frequently lift people and do other physically demanding tasks, on-the-job injuries are more common for nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants than for most other occupations. They should be trained in how to properly lift and move patients, which can reduce the risk of injury.
Most nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants work full time. Because nursing homes and hospitals provide care at all hours, nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants may need to work nights, weekends, and holidays.
Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition
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