There is no typical day in hospital food service! It really depends on the census (patient count) and how much they are eating that day. My job requires being on my feet almost all the time and the majority of my job consists of doing dishes, assembling, checking, and delivering trays, and doing other "little things" around the kitchen. I've learned a lot from this job, including how to deal with many different kinds of people, what's allowed on different diets, and how to deal with upset customers (patients). Management can be somewhat flexible, but are not generally open to letting you advance unless you are going to be there for a long time or are going to be around a lot (as in not going away to school and then coming back on breaks). The people I work with are mostly great people- there are a few annoying and immature ones, but those are at every job. Most of my co-workers are like my second family. The hardest part of the job is balancing work, school, and life. My job takes up A LOT of my time- even though I am "Registry" (meaning I work 0-40 hours a week with no benefits), I often work between 20-40 hours a week! Being registry has its downsides, but on the upside, it did allow me to go away to school and earn a Bachelor's degree. The most enjoyable part is interacting with patients of all ages- the pediatric and OB ones are my personal favorites, but I generally like all of them. It also allows you to get to know not only the people within your department, but also in other departments as well.
Great people, good food (free during work hours!), "familylike" atmosphere
Short breaks, No Benefits (if Registry), Very little time off