This position is located in the Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration, at the Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System in Nutrition and Food Services Inpatient Kitchen. The purpose of the position is to perform a variety of duties related to inpatient nutrition services. The work involves the preparation and serving of foods and beverages; limited food preparation to assist cooks, and dishwashing and cleaning tasks. As a member of the N&FS team, the primary purpose of this position is to perform a wide variety of food service tasks in providing meal service to our Veterans. This includes a broad knowledge of food service operations pertaining to compliance with food safety and infection control guidelines, portion control, serving, delivering and/or stocking food items, washing dishes and/or cleaning as assigned. Additional duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following: Preparing simple uncooked food items such as gelatins, fruit juice, beverage mixes, salads, and salad dressings, sandwich spreads, and pureed desserts to name a few. Utilizing standardized recipes and/or following verbal instructions. Portion control. Preparing standing orders for tray line, utilizing computer generated lists. Setting-up cold-food station on tray line with correct supplies and food items. Working cold food station during tray assembly, placing or serving one or more food items on the tray, following regular or modified diet menus and/or diet cards. Identifying obvious differences between prescribed diets and food items. Cleaning work area(s) and equipment during use and upon completion of assignment. Cleaning and sanitizing equipment, to include but not limited to tables, food processors, and blenders. Utilizing appropriate cleaning compounds in correct proportions. Sorting, pre-rinsing/soaking, and scrubbing glassware, flat ware, other kitchen utensils and then racking them. Loading/operating the mechanical dish machine. Removing clean items from dish machine; sorts and stores sanitized items. Operating a variety of small equipment, such as blenders and food processors, executing required sanitation and safety procedures, maintaining equipment to avoid injury or damage, and reporting daily wear and tear, need for repairs, or any unsafe working condition to the supervisor. Utilizing Nutrition and Food Service VISTA software to generate computer lists required to accomplish cold food preparation and portioning. Participating in the continuous monitoring of temperatures, patient satisfaction, tray accuracy and plate waste; statistics required for the Quality Improvement and Quality Control programs. Serving on Nutrition and Food committees, such as Quality Control, Safety or Training, and/or Medical Center Committees. Work Schedule: ROTATING SHIFT INCLUDING WEEKENDS AND HOLIDAYS Position Description Title/PD#: Food Service Worker/PD#11347A
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