If you have not read one of the previous postings, you have not been informed that I have found a new job! I am working at Parkview Hospital in the Housekeeping department. If you want to get technical, I am an Environmental Services Assistant. I like that title better.
Now that the first day has come and gone, I think this is going to work out for me just fine. I enjoyed my first day of work. There was plenty of walking and riding elevators. My feet were definitely sore at the end of the night. I am working part-time, about 3 days per week from 3pm to 11:30pm in the evenings. I have to work every other weekend, so I can have weekends off for once!
Basically they assign a housekeeper to a specific hallway for the night. Mt duty is to collect trash, clean bathrooms, and mop and vacuum the floors and offices down the hallway. On my side of the hallway, I have to pull trash and mop in a couple different department rooms: Endoscopy, Dialysis, the pharmacy, and what they call the cleaning room within the pharmacy. I’m not sure what it is exactly that they do in the cleaning room, but it is very sterile. Before I go in I need to put on a lab coat, gloves, booties, (I love saying the word “booties”) a hair net, and a face mask. Let me tell you, I looked awesome.
My other room I have to mop and pull trash in, is in the basement: the morgue! I did not know that there was a morgue located there. I guess it is a hospital. There were not any bodies laid out or in the cooler/freezer…that night. I’m sure I will be seeing my share of lifeless beings eventually. It is kind of freaky though: in the basement of a hospital, in the morgue, at 11pm at night, and by yourself… It’s really chilly in that room and has an odd, but clean odor to it.
They usually have designated people to change beds and clean patient rooms throughout the evening as patients check out. However, sometimes another assistant is paged to clean it. I changed several beds on my first day. It’s not extremely hard, but you have to do it in a timely manner. First, you gather up all of the linens in the linen bag. Throw all the trash away. Next, wipe down anything and everything in the room with sanitizing solution. After everything is clean and wiped down, including the bathroom, I head to the linen closet and get a set of sheets and blanket. Then, of course, make the bed! And finally, mop down the floor. It gets pretty intense moving quickly!
I get a half an hour for lunch and a half an hour for break time. When it comes to eating dinner, they have a nice cafeteria with plenty of options: salad bar, grill, deli, small yogurt and stuff like that. Employees get a 20% discount on food, and the prices are not too bad to begin with. I am definitely going to like that part.
I would say the first day was a success. A couple more days of training and I think they will be able to turn me loose! Look out!