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And if you got a $10 card you'd gripe, too. It's all you know

Posted By: how to do. You don't deserve a gift. on 2006-05-29
In Reply to: Yeah, but think about it - it was much cheaper than buying thousand of MTs... - ...a $10.00 gift EACH! sm


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Oddly enough, if I don't use my bank card as a credit card in the billing cycle, I get charged fo
Debit card. They've got the credit card logo on them, so they
can be used anywhere a credit card can be used.
I used to send a card and gift card to my direct supervisor, but that's it. sm
She was the only one who knew me as more than an employee number, and the only one I had any respect for.
cpl gripe
I realize I am beating a dead horse here but what is the deal with these companies offering 6 and 7 cents per line starting rate.  Particularly one offering 7 cpl for 6000 lines in a 40 our period.  Plenty of employees hunting workers but not willing to pay crappola.  Or lets change it to 75 characters per line.  Or...we'll pay you chicken feed and YOU provide the equipment.  Makes you wonder if it is such a good offer why don't they sit down an try it for 6 cent.  I work a couple days a week for a facilty I used to work at just to help catch them up.  40 mile drive there.  I charge them .15 per line.  Revenge is great!  Makes me appreciate my current pay.  I am certainly not trying undermind anyone currently receiving this pay amount for I may end up getting that myself.  Just needed to vent.
I only have ONE gripe with Wal-Mart..
I don't care what they do or where they build stores.  Many things have come before them and put others out of business, and eventually Wal-Mart will be put out of business by something else new and innovative.  Think about when supermarkets came along.. That put all the little mom and pop grocers out.  Are you shopping at a supermarket in 2005 or worrying about the vegetable man and the butcher shop on the corner?  Of course not.. It's in the past.  The only thing that I cannot STAND about Wal-Mart is the way they accost you at the door as you leave and ask for a receipt to prove you didn't steal the soda or the milk that is unbagged.  I resent that, and no other store does this.  My DH walks past and says "if you believe I've stolen something, please call the police."  Do you know why they ask for the receipt?  Because it's their own employees who don't charge friends and family members, for large ticket items particularly.  I refuse to prove that I didn't steal something every time I leave the store.  My solution is to make them bag everything.  I swear, if I bought a car from Wal-Mart, I'd make them bag it !
I see. Oh well, some people just like to gripe.
my gripe is with the airheads ... sm

recently (holidays? flu season???) even doctors who are usually pretty good seem to have the attention span of a gnat ... so even something as routine as reading lab results becomes a two steps forward, um, oops, make that three steps forward, two steps back as they MISREAD ... Not to mention the folks whose attention to what they are doing is so lacking that they skip whole sections, which they may or may not realize before signing off.... 

these reports are often followed by 20 second next "report's in which they remember that they want copies sent (I love waiting around for them to rifle through the chart to figure out who the other doctors on the case are too)  on which we make ZERO money at all -- they're not really addendums are they? --  but have to log, flag, etc.

I'm stunned at the number who seem incapable of not listening to the other people in the same room dictating and/or their conversations. Listening to people complain about not being able to use the hospital computer system (it's 2009 people, that excuse was old in 1999 and even tired 1989 --- again, it's 2009 ... get with it or retire already)

I hate listening to dead air -- period.

You know, just gotta have something to gripe about
Having those reports pulled then DOES NOT MEAN we do not get feedback on certain reports OTHER than those times. I am really sorry to see others on this board who are so unhappy, hate their jobs, and otherwise just in such self-pity. If people unable to do VR at a rate to where they cannot make more than minimum wage, then past time for a new job.
Don't mind me, I just need to throw a little fit and gripe a little!

I HATE HATE HATE this dictator.  This is how he dictates if I were to strictly adhere to the verbatim rules of transcribing:

PROCEDURES PERFORMED: Cysto, retro, uretero with stent placement.

INDICATIONS:  This is a lady who had perc litho by Dr. X.  She had a perc tube. She had a nephro stent.  On the pull of the nephro stent, did an antegrade nephro and apparently had obstruction in the ureter which was a probable stone.  She was set up for a cysto retro Friday, but she ate, so she was set up for this morning. She understands the risks, options, complications, etc.

HE DRIVES ME INSANE!  He has a very conversational style of dictating that makes it incredibly hard to make sense of his reports! He abbreviates everything, makes up his own words, and has been known to dictate one-word sentences!!!!!

We need a firing squad for dictators like this! 

Breath in, breath out.  Okay, I'm finished now.  I'm just having one of those days, crappy dictators, communication channels between my brain and my fingers have broken down, and I just need a nap!

Back to work.

Who are you to judge? Most people gripe about their spouses,
Its called venting.    We're allowed to do that.
I need to gripe or vent - please don't kick me off board

I occasionally come on this board, as do some of my coworkers to get help with words, look around, etc.  I've never posted but today I'm fuming and frustrated.

I just got done working a couple of extra hours at the hospital this morning, worked all day yesterday (overtime I might add) and do you know what my job has been on all this overtime? Correcting ALL of the outsource's work coming in.  What makes me mad is that all of us have been complaining to our boss and even to HER boss about all the mistakes this company makes - terrible dreadful DEADLY mistakes - and all we get back is "there is nothing we can do about it.  We signed a contract and we have to continue to use them until the contract ends." Which, by the way, ends in another year or two, I'm not sure.  But anyways, this outsource company (who is WELL KNOWN) does not even make an attempt to do our ESL doctors, who are not really that bad. I know there are harder doctors to understand as I have been doing this for 16 years.  The service sends the reports back with a ridiculous amount of blanks.  We go in and listen to them and basically redo the whole report, to which they get paid for it.  Then there are the easy docs - the so-called "hold your hand while I dictate to you" docs - and the service still has mistakes. 

Our boss has asked on occasion if they are offshoring, which they swear they are not.  It was in the contract that they are not to offshore so they swear they are not and the mistakes don't look like they are offshore mistakes (the hospital used a company prior to this one that offshored - big difference in transcription mistakes).

I just cannot believe that our hospital has had this company for a little over two years and not only are they being paid a ridiculous high line rate, but we are correcting all their reports and they still get paid!! We have asked if we can start deducting lines, but we were told that their contract states that that cannot be done because our boss has tried that.

I have a friend that works at a hospital in another state that had an outsource service that was somewhat like the one we have, only they constantly lost reports and got paid for them, but she just lost her job because the hospital felt that there was no need to have all the overtime for the past year and the outsource service doing the overflow.  So they just hired a new outsource company, let all the transcriptionists inhouse go, and got rid of their current outsource service.  she is looking around for another job now.  She had that job for 9 years at the hospital, and because of the outsource service, the administration of the hospital looked at is as a huge $$ problem and just said bye bye.

I needed to vent. Aaaaahhh, I feel better now, but I'm worried that with all our overtime and what the outsource service gets paid, that I'm going to end up in the same boat.  Even our boss has admittedly had some worries about it as well, but she keeps telling us that her boss says her hands are tied and is just as frustrated with the service.  It makes you wonder how it is that these services can be in business for so long, make sooooo much money and do this. 


Kind of like an introductory rate? Well, then there's no room to gripe!
Good grief.

If it was said up front there would be reductions or adjustments later, then what's to complain about?

You have options, to opt out, right? Or work somewhere else, right?

Seems pointless to be upset over this.

Great post. The biggest gripe I have heard from available
Wrapping yourself in money will not keep you warm in old age. Just because a middle-aged man is bald or has a bit of a paunch, it is up to a woman to "light that fire". Go to it ladies.
long walk, eat chocolate, gripe to husband :)
Were you wanting to bring up a transcription-related question, or just gripe? nm
give it time, dust is settling, they just have no place else to gripe yet. nm
Has anyone disconnected the internal sound card and replace with another sound card?

I am having problems with my sound on one of my computers.  Several different ExText program have been on it so I don't think it is the program and the sound is just now as clear as on my other computer.  Has anyone switched (disconnected the internal sound care and replaced) to a new sound card?  Did it make a difference. 

Everyone on this board is so knowledgeable, I really appreciate you.  You have helped me many times. 

Proof that it takes only 1 made doctor to gripe about 1 report and out the door you go! nmx
No credit card is a good credit card.
Just kidding. I'd suggest not using credit cards to pay debts. It'll only dig you in deeper. Look into a signature loan or putting a lien against a vehicle or house. Lower interest rate, pay off sooner.
Riversongs and angelrays are the best...but they are free.
2,000 debit card
When your boss gives you your paycheck, do they ask what are you going to do with that money?  Didnt think so.  Same thing for the people of the gulf coast.  They lost their jobs, their homes.  The money they will be given will be in lieu of a paycheck till they can find another job and home.  Its a paycheck from the govt.
Ethernet card
If your connection to the internet is through a cable connection, then you have an Ethernet card. If it is dial up, you may not have one. Look at the back of your PC, and if you have a plug for a cable connection (it is slightly bigger than a phone plug), then you have an ethernet card. Hope this helps. You can also go into MY Computer and check there too.
find a new card....
or, as long as your payments have been on time, call them and let them know you will move your business, and most of the time, they will lower it. Check your FICO score...if it's good, you can call the shots if they want your business. All have that little clause now that says even if you are even 1 day late on ANY other bills, i.e, utilities, dept store, anything, they can charge up to 36% interest on your remaining paymnents. Read the very small print.
Nothing but a card in the mail...sm
Do ya think it would have broke the company to have slipped a little something into that card? McDonald's $5.00 gift certificate; anything to show a little appreciation.

I've been thinking about it because there's not a lot of suits to pay; 1 owner. Now that I think about it some more, I'm thinking the owner might be Jewish, and not celebrate Christmas. But then why even send the card? And why not call it "appreciation during the holidays" instead of a Christmas gift? I duuno. The supervisors actually are MTs; I would have thought they would have brought it up during their weekly huddle. "what are we going to do for the MTs for the holidays?"

I thought about it some more and maybe only being with the company for 2-1/2 months might have something to do with not getting even a token. Oh well.
YES. We had an IBM selectric with mag card
and we thought it was great! HAHAHAHA
wireless card
thanks for the info. When I call today, I will mention what you said. Maybe I will just go to one of the local Super stores and see if they can set me up with a inout deal, if not i really am going to move if it does not work-eeks
Credit card? I'm not sure either.
does anyone have a prescription card that
isn't through their insurance company? like rxdrugcard, pharamacistrxcard, etc.  i was considering getting one to cover the meds that insurance doesn't cover or pays very little on.  any info is greatly appreciated
Debit card use
I know the credit card companies charge the place of business a fee or percentage when you use your credit card but does anyone know if it costs them every time you use a debit card, does the business pay a fee?   Our apartment complex just offered the option of automatic checking account deduction because they said it costs them less than credit/debit.
debit card
Usually my purchases show up right away, unless its a holiday weekend and I use the debit card like a credit card instead; then its usually the next business day before those purchases show up. However, if I use it like a regular debit card, holiday or not the purchases show right away.
Anyone use a PC card for their work

I use a wireless card from Sprint and I am not that close to a tower.  I checked with Verizon and their coverage does not seem to be as broad as Spint.  I have no problems with downloading work, but do have  a bit of a time lag when uploading work.

I would definitely suggest checking though with your IT department if you work for a national. I occasionally work for another service, and I when I download reports for them, I have to rely on dial up.

Hope this helps



I use a Verizon card
when traveling. I have the Nationwide package, $60 a month unlimited. In heavily populated areas, it is almost as quick as my DSL at home, but even in low population areas it is still better than dial-up. I've traveled from coast to coast (mostly along I-80) and only lost signal in the usual remote places (certain stretches of Wyoming or in heavy tree coverage). You might want to buy a card from whoever has the best cell signals in your area.
Rx drug card
I have one that's only $4.95 a month, and it's fabulous!! When I first applied for it online, I had 3 prescriptions waiting for me that were close to $60, but I paid less than $20 for them because the card was active within an hour after I ordered it!!
If you have a sound card..(sm)

you should have excellent quality.  If the sound card is within your computer, you should hook the ear phones directly up to the computer.  If not, you can install an external sound card and plug your ear phones into that.  I have the external and have absolutely wonderful sound quality.  On my lap tap I have an internal sound card and, again, have wonderful sound quality.  I have speakers, but don't use them.  If I unplug my ear phones, the speakers work, but I honestly can't say the last time I did that.  I always use my ear phones.

My cat just stepped on my keyboard...Now I have two of them sitting right in front of me.  Lovely, I guess they want my attention.

My daughter made it to the state tournament for softball All-Stars and we are headed up to the high country in the cool 80s.  We will be out of this 115 degree weather for a week.  Yippeee!  That is something I love about Arizona.  You just have a couple-hour drive and you are up in the cool mountain air.

Hope everyone has a great Sunday! 

calling card
I used mine when I was out of town, and my minutes started as soon as I was connected to the dictation system. I diconnected in between reports when I proofread. It was cumbersome to do that, but saved some of my minutes.
Verizon air card
More info please.  My husband and I are planning to do a lot of traveling and have been questioning the same things.  I know we can leach off a signal if we are close enough to a wireless place such as a hotel, but what if we are up in the mountains or on a beach in the middle of nowhere?  
sound card
Thanks so much - great ideas!
Did anyone ever have a video card go bad and what does it cause when this happens. nm
wireless card
Well there are a LOT of factors - you may be a ways down the road from the nearest cell tower, which is one of the reasons that you only get one bar on your cell phone. I mentioned the "new wireless card" as a POSSIBLE alternative to those MTs who live in a rural area and cannot get a DSL or cable connection or satellite is not a viable option and are also utilizing a desktop computer. Until recently, the wireless cards were only feasible if you had a laptop computer, so I was just informing people that this might be another option. Sorry you have such bad cell phone service -- this is not an option for everyone but as I mentioned a POSSIBLE option with possible being the keyword
air card usage
Great that Sprint offers that.  I do know on my account with Verizon there is unlimited usage, unlimited area.  So I guess as well it goes to show that different companies offer different packages and most likely for different areas, depending on competition.  Hope you find one that suits you, but make sure that you get the name, ID# , etc. of every person you talk to.  Makes it a lot easier if you have to go back for whatever reason to them.  Also, Verizon offers an antenna that you can hook to a window with suction cups, etc., so be sure to ask whoever you talk to if they offer any accessories at the time of sign up and if they can throw those in for free. 
I don't know if you mean WiFi or the air card.

The air card lets you connect to the internet provided there is service available in the area.  Just like cell service if there is no service it doesn't work.

WiFi works in the same way, if there is a network available within range you can connect to it, but unless it is an open hotspot you have to have a password to connect to it.   Most computers now come WiFi compatible.  If you have an older computer you can get a WiFi card that slides into a slot on your laptop.  They range in price from about $40 up to $100+ and can be found at any computer store, or a store like Best Buy or Circuit City. 

air card Sprint or AT&T?
i looked at verizon and don't think i want that one.  I was going to go through Sprint/Nextel, but then noticed that AT&T has a network as well.  any advice? 
Would never cut my card list sm
I look forward to my cards and read them again at the end of the season. I hang them across a door on a string and down the sides. If someone cuts me off their list, especially if I know they can afford it, I think it's very insulting. I also love a little message as to how things are going but hate those "newsletter" type notices at how "well" they are doing, enough of that aleady - just a card and a little handwritten note to add that extra pizazz to lighten up your life. I understand some may have no choice, then a phone call would be nice explaining how they cut out cards this year but didn't want to forget us at Christmas, that I would completely understand. IMHO
what usb/card type is best



  I'm looking at AT&T and Verizon's line of "air cards" and other USB gadgets to do this wireless connection.  Do you have a particular brand or plan that you would recommend?

use the back of the card
to tell things like your turn around time, years of experience, specialties (though you don't want to if you are branching out because it may scare potential clients if you are not well rounded), what type of dictation/transcription you offer, as in tape, digital, FTP transfer, call in system, etc. Good luck to you!
A SS card has ALWAYS been required
for jobs--if nothing else, to verify it for tax purposes. Go to your local SS office and apply, have to do it in person as they require ID.
It could be your video card is going bad.

Does it give you any kind of error message when it won't boot up or does it just sit there?

I know just enough to be dangerous, but it sounds like there could be a problem with the mother board.

Wireless Card
I am working on getting a wireless card as I know I will be doing more traveling and want to use it with my laptop for transcription while away from home.  I will use the card as a write-off for my business, but I also get a check for buying it through my own website.  If anyone else is interested in making a profit off of this and other services that you use every day, let me know by sending me an email.  I will speak to you about it then. 
I also use wireless card
I also use Verizon wireless USB card and have no problem connecting and staying connected where I am at.  If you can get a signal, you are in.  I work online and have not had a problem.  Even in my busiest month, I did not approach 2 GB of the 5 GB limit. 
UPS or broadband air card maybe ?
Thanks to the posters below. After more investigation it sounds like I could get a fairly good UPS battery backup for the money a generator would cost. Of course it would not last as long time wise. I just wish I knew for sure that our cable high-speed internet would still work w/o power. The customer service guy put me on hold, then came back and said yes, but I am leery. I guess I could test that by buying a battery backup...charging..hooking it up and cutting the power via the main switch and see if the cable works but that would only test if MY house is without power not if the power were cut to the area. Been thinking about cutting the cable internet and going with an "air card" (broadband off cell towers?) Then, with a laptop, I could take my work with me too ?? I am Soooooo low tech it is agonizing !!!
It is a slap in the face! What is $5 going to buy you at Wal-Mart? They could have sent you at least $25. They should be ashamed.