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Housekeeping Assistant II - Northwestern Medicine

Employer Name: Northwestern Medicine
Location: Chicago, IL
Job Code: 1504


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Job Title:  Housekeeping Assistant II


The Housekeeping Assistant II reflects the mission, vision, and values of NM, adheres to the organization’s Code of Ethics and Corporate Compliance Program, and complies with all relevant policies, procedures, guidelines and all other regulatory and accreditation standards.


Working under general supervision of an Environmental Services supervisor, performs a variety of cleaning and associated functions inside the hospital and performs related duties as assigned.




  • Vacuums carpeted surfaces, damp mops hard surface floors.
  • Cleans window sills, empties ash trays and waste baskets.
  • Cleans blood and body fluids.
  • Arranges furniture in patient’s rooms, baths, offices, waiting and other public areas as assigned.
  • Cleans bath tubs, sinks, mirrors, toilets and replaces supplies as required.
  • Strips upon discharge.  Terminally clean patient room and prepares room for admission; this includes the use of a tent card and toilet seat strip.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.
  • Refinish floors, applying appropriate surface coatings.
  • While generally assigned to a specific area, may be dispatched to other areas as needed.
  • Operates electrical and battery operated machines for scrubbing, shampooing and burnishing.
  • Moves furniture as directed and assists in freight moving.
  • Washes walls, blinds, lights and similar surface areas and hang cubicles and drapes.
  • Maintains and cleans equipment. Upon completion returns equipment to assigned location (i.e. equipment storeroom, Janitor’s closet). Keeps janitor’s closet and storage area neat and orderly.
  • Performs all heavy duty mopping and cleaning.
  • Performs general and heavy cleaning duties in offices, patient rooms, clean and soiled utility rooms, laboratories, public areas and stairways, elevators such as washing floors, walls, furniture, beds, etc., with the appropriate hospital approved chemicals. Use ladders and scaffolds as necessary.
  • Cleans washes, polishes and scrubs floor using electric scrubbing machine, wet vacuum and/or buffer.
  • Applies floor finish as directed.
  • Empties trash chutes and cleans waste containers.
  • Advises supervisor of unsanitary, unsafe or otherwise unsatisfactory conditions and defective or damaged fixtures, furniture or equipment.
  • Collects trash and debris in rooms, halls and stairways.
  • Removes and compacts general waste and recycling materials.  Upon completion of compacting, returns the blade to an “in” position.
  • Moves all heavy furniture and equipment.
  • Cleans rolling stock furniture, hospital equipment and related items.
  • Strips, refinishes and/or shampoos all types of floor surfaces and coverings.
  • Transports hospital property from area to area or building to building.
  • Properly utilize the Bed Tracking system. Log into the computer at the start of the shift. Upon commencement of the cleaning    process move the “dirty bed”, “clean next” bed, or a “stat bed” into the “In Progress” category. Once completed move the bed into the “Bed Ready” category. Log out at the end of the shift.


Required :


  • High School diploma or GED equivalent.  Sufficient to understand oral instructions.
  • Sufficient knowledge to gain overall knowledge of cleaning equipment, methods, and solutions.

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