Housekeeper jobs are available in many hospitals, with a varying level of requirements based on the size of the hospital and pay for the position. Generally, the minimum education requirement for a hospital housekeeper is a high school diploma or equivalent, and the minimum experience requirement is at least one year in a hospital or housekeeping environment. However, as with many positions, additional experience may sometimes replace educational requirements for promising candidates. Other necessary skills for hospital housekeepers include reading and communication skills, basic mathematical skills, and strong reasoning skills. Some openings also require a driver’s license for specific tasks.
Daily duties for the hospital housekeeper revolve around maintaining patient and non-patient areas, following strict standards for safety, cleanliness, and overall appeal. This includes tasks such as cleaning and disinfecting, but also scheduling and coordinating with colleagues throughout the hospital. Many hospitals also require regular participation in meetings and other forums for feedback about policies and procedures. Work may be done independently or in a team depending on the size of the hospital and staff. Hospital housekeepers should expect minimal contact with patients and regular updates and reports with supervising staff.
Work is indoors in a hospital environment and physical requirements are relatively minimal, but pushing a cart and using equipment such as vacuum cleaners or dusters are generally required regularly. Exposure to bodily fluids may occur, but this risk should be relatively minimal due to safety protocols and procedures. Work hours vary based on available shifts and hospital policies, but overnight shifts or weekend work hours may be required.
Housekeeper, Hospital Tasks
Disinfect and wash beds and trash cans as scheduled.
Perform deep cleaning of rooms as assigned.
Fill cart with supplies and transport cart to assigned area.
Clean rooms on a daily basis.
Clean accidental spills and carries out cleaning tasks other than daily routine.