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Oswego Career Ladders - Patient Transporter

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Patient Transporter

Industry: Healthcare
Area: Nursing and Direct Patient Care

Patient transporters perform a variety of activities related to the transportation of patients, specimens and equipment. They transport patients to and from clinical, ancillary and support areas via wheelchair, stretcher or van service as requested to include transport of patients with oxygen tanks, intravenous pumps, drips and special equipment. Assist clinical personnel in transferring patients to and from beds, wheelchairs or stretcher as requested. Assist people in and out of vehicles and escort or transport them to and from hospital lobby: carry luggage, open doors and obtain messenger service for the transportation of people to other hospital locations. Approach, greet and offer assistance and direction to customers entering the hospital. Assist in the loading and unloading of patients onto ambulances and vans during periods of PRT non-service. Collect specimens, orders, requisitions and equipment and deliver items to appropriate destinations. Assist in maintaining order and cleanliness in hospital lobby and entrance. Assist nursing staff with removal of expired bodies from units and transport to morgue.

Work Settings

Transporters spend many hours standing and walking, and they often face heavy workloads. They must guard against back injury because they may have to move patients into and out of bed or help them to stand or walk.


Work requires the ability to follow and provide instructions to the public generally equivalent to a high school education. The ability to transport patients to various hospital locations is also required.

Job Outlook

Numerous job openings for will arise from a combination of fast employment growth and high replacement needs.


General medical and surgical hospitals - $10.44/hour; Nursing care facilities - $9.86/hour; Community care facilities for the elderly - $9.56/hour.

Work Schedule

Most work about 40 hours a week, but, because patients need care 24 hours a day, some work evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays. Many work part time.

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