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Job Description for Patient Escort

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As a patient escort, you are required to assist patients with their travels to and from nursing units. Patient escorts work as part of a care team for patients. You are required to have great interpersonal skills, since you will be working directly with patients.

Transfer Patients

In order to be a patient escort, you will have to transfer patients from health care and hospitals by lifting them up into a stretcher or wheelchair. You are also required to assist ambulatory patients.


A lot of patient escorts only need to have a high school diploma or GED and have great people skills. It is also good to have experience with occupational therapy and physical education.


As a patient escort, you will have to become knowledgeable about transportation equipment and body mechanics.

Communication Skills

It is important that as a patient escort, you are able to effectively communicate with the patients you're working with, along with hospital staff and the family members of the patients. Your communication skills will have to be up to par verbally and in written form.


As you're working as a patient escort, you will have to know about infection control methods. You will also have to clean up the settings you're working in within hospitals and other health care facilities.

On-the-job Training

One great asset to have it basic knowledge of medical terminology. The best way to learn this is through hands on training. You will be taught how to work gurneys, wheelchairs, oxygen tanks and IV poles.
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