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Hospital housekeepers are responsible for sustaining a sterile environment in all areas of the hospital by cleaning rooms, making beds, replenishing linens and maintaining floors. No formal education beyond high school is required for this career, and on-the-job training is available. Certification may be needed for advancement.
Hospital housekeepers routinely clean patient rooms, nursing units, surgical areas, administrative offices, laboratory areas, waiting areas and public restrooms, as well as launder all hospital linen. Using various cleaning chemicals and disinfectants, housekeepers wipe equipment, clean furniture, polish floors and vacuum carpets. They make beds, empty trash and restock medical supplies. Housekeepers also collect dirty laundry from all patient areas and distribute the clean linen and hospital gowns back to the appropriate floors. Using cleaning supplies and equipment are an essential part of the position, which is why housekeepers take a daily inventory as well as inspect their equipment for any repairs or replacements.
Occasionally, hospital housekeepers attend in-service training. Such meetings can include updates on company policies, new equipment demonstrations and discussion of complaints made by patients or hospital staff in regards to housekeeping. They also ensure that proper infection-control policies are being followed.
Entry-level housekeeping positions usually require only a high school diploma, basic math skills and the ability to follow instructions. Most employers provide on-the-job training, which includes effective cleaning techniques, choosing the correct cleaning agents, operating vacuums and floor buffers, repairing minor electrical and plumbing problems, adhering to health and safety regulations and demonstrating good customer service skills. Hospital housekeepers require neither state licensure nor certification to gain employment.