Pros: Steady work hours, fair compensation
Cons: Non-existant Senior Management, On-Calls have no work/life balance, Absolutely NO room for growth/Advancement
A typical day consists of a basic routine: Set the tables, serve residents beverages as they are seated, relay meal tickets and food between kitchen and dining room, serve dessert, bus tables, was dishes, and restock supply carts. This is done twice for morning crew serving breakfast and dinner services, and once for night crew serving dinner service.
After a typical day, I learn a variety of transferable skills including: effective communication both written and verbal, understanding medical terminology, working effectively as a team, and using an eye for detail to decipher a Nurse Aide's otherwise atrocious handwriting.
Co-Workers are either on side of the generation gap or another. Namely, high-school students and college undergraduates or seasoned adults working into retirement. Very few co-workers fall in the middle of the age gap.
The hardest part of the job is by far managing stress and keeping your job bottled up inside due to HIPAA. If having a dining room full of residents screaming for their food isn't stressful enough imagine not being able to vent to your colleagues about it without breaching confidentiality and because your managers won't listen to/help with your troubles. Having experienced this for a week is enough to send a handful of new recruits running for the door throwing their work uniforms into the trash in effigy.
Other than the more than generous pay, the most enjoyable part of the job is getting to know a bit more about the people in your community. It's quite frequent for individuals to bump into friends, different families, relatives, and even professional acquaintances. Just remember to keep personal health information a secret even when chatting while on the clock.