Food Services Worker
High School Diploma or Equivalent Click here for more information
Average starting wage: $13.17 per hour
Dietary food and nutrition (DFN) workers in hospitals prepare and/or deliver nourishment to patients who are sick, injured or recovering from a medical procedure. DFN employees work as a member of a high-performing team where each member may be assigned to many different duties. Primary DFN duties may include managing inventory, preparing items for use in recipes, preparing cold or hot food items, assembling meal trays, distributing meal trays, and cleaning all items used in the preparation and service of meals. Other DFN duties may be involved in ingredient control, cooks and planning. All DFN workers work under the direction and supervision of Chef Supervisors or Administrative Dietitians.
- Wash, peel and cut various foods, such as fruits and vegetables to prepare for cooking or serving.
- Portion and wrap food or place it directly on plates for service to patrons.
- Place food servings on plates or trays for delivery to patients in accordance with orders or instructions.
- Monitor food distribution, ensuring that meals are delivered to the correct recipients and that guidelines, such as those for special diets, are followed.
- Load trays with accessories such as eating utensils, napkins, or condiments.
- Examine meal trays to ensure that they contain required items.
- Clean or sterilize dishes, kitchen utensils equipment or facilities.
- Place food trays over food warmers for immediate service or store in refrigerated storage containers.
Skills and Abilities Needed to Perform Job:
- Knowledge of use of Microsoft programs (Excel and Office)
- Knowledge and use of standard food preparation tools such as measuring instruments and containers.
- Knowledge and use of standard commercial kitchen appliances such as blenders, food choppers, cubers, or dicers; and beverage dispensers.
- Knowledge of work safe procedures.
- Active Listening – Ability to give full attention to what others are saying and taking time to understand.
- Oral Comprehension – Ability to listen to and understand information presented through spoken words.
- Oral Expression – Ability to communicate information in speaking so that others will understand.
- Information Ordering – Ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order to pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules.
- Problem Sensitivity – Ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong.
- Finger Dexterity – Ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate or assemble very small objects.
Desired Work Style Attributes:
- Self-Control – Maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check
- Cooperation – Pleasant with others
- Social Orientation – Preferring to work with others rather than alone
- Attention to details
- Dependability – Reliable and responsible