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Anyone else to lazy to take tests..LOL. I applied for a job

Posted By: LazyMT on 2007-12-05
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but I swear when I opened up the testing and it was 6 reports including discharge summaries, right then and there, I just thought to my "NO way." I guess I just don't have the drive or energy to do testing for a job that takes a hour or more.  Part of me realizes that they need this information, but the other part, just thinks it's ridiculous to expect people to spend so much time on a test. Trust me, most of the time, when you see one report, it's quite apparent if the person has any skills or not. Sooooo, I guess I'm lazy because I'm NOT doing this test. Anyone else get these feelings...Maybe I'll regret it and maybe not. Time will test because a lot of other people were sent the same test so I'll wait for their report LOL

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Or she'd be doing QA because she's not lazy
Talk about pot calling the kettle...
the lazy way out
It takes more time and effort to train without pain... Shock collars, shock fences etc., are the lazy way out - and not a kind way to treat a beloved animal.
No, I don't think you are lazy sm
I have a dozen yrs in, I am an acute care MT, OP note specialist. I have been shopping for a job a lot here lately and I have had my pick, so I have been very choosy and I have not found quite what I think I would like best...yet.

In this search recently, about half the places that say they require testing have deferred testing me. I have a short written multiple choice test to do this afternoon, which I don't mind because the MTSO said that of the 100 resumes she got, mine was the only one that popped out at her as the ONE MT to talk to about this position. Okay, so I am a sucker and with an ego!

BUT, if someone thinks I am going to do more than 4 notes or use my keyboard to start and stop the dictation, they are can take a hike. I have to use my pedal and it needs to be 4 or less, period, and they need to be short.

My current IC position they required a test. The recruiter said I'll send you the test to do because I have to, but I'll call you tomorrow and hire you regardless. She said she felt she had found the right MT for the position when she read the first OP note I had transcribed, and this is as it should be.

All of you are right about this issue. I also think that anyone who hires MTs regularly can tell by talking to you whether or not you have lied on your resume, whether your English skills are adequate or whether you sound like a total buffoon or whatever else. Besides which, once you are a well-experienced, well-seasoned and high-caliber MT I think you have already proven yourself and a test is worthless.
You're not lazy. I'm old school, 53, 30+ years of transcribing, learned on the job in a hospital, took a few terminology courses and that was it. Best way to learn transcription but this is no more, alas. I believe it's the times we live in, the attitudes about actually having to work daily for a living, management in charge (younger generation?), our love in this country for excess nonsense "education" instead of common sense and experience, etc. I have coworkers who don't even bother calling in sick, they just don't show up and don't even get written up. That in itself blows me away. Nobody trusts anybody's word, of course. Okay, I'm done. I'm just glad I'm where I am and hope they don't change too much more before I can retire, ha-ha.
lazy men
why do you stay with someone like that, I would never stay with a man that didn`t bring home the money and put so many demands on me and gave nothing in return, what good is that.  
because that is the lazy way out and sm
newbies are doing this. You learn nothing if you don't know how to research and find things out. Besides there are too many questions answered about stuff that folks should know...the basics....when they get out of school and start. I am not talking about bad dictators etc, I am talking about plain every-day medical terms that go with physical examinations, etc. etc. Its obvious people don't want to research, which I AM SORRY is part of the job. Shouldn't be working production if you are not expert at the profession yet.
Here are a couple lazy MTs now...

Its attitudes like this that give our line of work absolutely NO respect.  Take pride in your work girls, you'd get treated a LOT better. 

We're just lazy, really.
Easier to say *Oh, but you do that so much BETTER than I EVER could* - reminds me of an episode of Everybody Loves Raymond when his wife found out he was purposely feigning ignorance and helplessless regarding various household chores when really he just didn't wanna do 'em. I'm afraid once she was *on* to him the gig was up!
That I support his lazy ass (nm)
That sounds beyond lazy to me...
I neglected to mention in my post above that my wonderful husband helps me out all the time and on weekends, he does all the cooking...over and above working 60-70 hours a week... (My post is the one re: 3 kids, DD works PT, DS college, etc.). I am more blessed that I ever imagined...
Not just lazy...DANGEROUS
This is how patient care errors are made. I know they hate dictating, but it is very disrespectful to their patients when the doctors won't even attempt to dictate clearly so that their patient's lives are not in jeopardy. They should be chastized by their hospitals and not allowed to dictate like that!
Yes, but sometimes they are just plain lazy sm
I have a couple of MT friends. I make about twice what they do, but I "work" roughly the same hours they do. They do a lot of whining about wishing they made what I made. When the work is there to be done, they tell me about the work piled up, but how they don't feel motivated. By the time they get motivated, the work is gone. Then it is whining about finding a new job, but when contacted, they can't get motivated to test and one is always wanting me to look over her tests to see if I think she will pass (I saw that her work was very poor indeed) and I have only done it once, which was enough.

Working at home is not for everyone. It takes a lot to park your buns in front of the computer when the dishes are in the sink and the laundry is piled up, or the kids, DH or whomever wants your time. It is SO EASY to not work. I get distracted by the housework, especially today because my daughter was home from college this weekend and every single coffee cup and bowl are dirty! I did her laundry, not mine over the weekend...so I feel distracted.

The OP is right. Use the answering machine or voicemail, don't answer the door (I never do) and get down to it. If you are like me and the housework drives you nuts, you can do what I do. I type 3 reports and go do a short, under 5-minute task, and sit back down. I find I can get the kitchen 90% clean in a day by doing this and I catch up my laundry this way too. Then I can focus because I like a really clean house to support me when I am working. It is a support because I don't think about it when it is clean.

My last rant is about those $tupid TV ads about working at home as an MT. Gimme a break! It is NOT like that.
Lazy (spoiled) dictators
They're so used to somebody (like us and/or nurses, etc) picking up after them and waiting on them hand and foot, that they just don't think they need to bother.  When I worked on-site in a hospital, it was easier just to get the chart and write their dis summaries for them, but of course we can't do that from out here so I guess we have to use our mind reading skills. 
Hamburger helper-stroganoff, I'm lazy..
Lazy is what they are. I just turned down a request to type for one at the clinic.
What success...she is a lazy, rich HOUSEWIFE..sounds like the
successful one is her husband.
Nope. We are all lazy bums living off welfare.
wow, i have never applied...
with a company that even questioned my background. ive probably seen conviction questions on a couple of applications, but i was never even asked about my background during an interview.

keep looking, keep applying; their out there.
i applied also
They did send me a response, however.  They said that the position had been filled but they would like to keep my resume on file for a future position.
Never applied; do not need JLG.
I saw the ad too and applied
I did not hear back from them, but I do feel like they were paying that because they were looking for someone for the three days only, although they may pay that for stats all the time and were just in a pinch with Thanksgiving coming up. My experience is that most companies do not pay extra for stats, but I am rarely asked to do them. I know that they exist though (as you obviously know too, what with having a friend who is actually living it).
I feel kinda lazy reading your post as i'm content just

Where I feel crazy, I set a goal of around 300 lines an hour (ha! not with these dictators but 250 is still good), every two hours make a snack to get me moving.  I love juicing veggies and making fruit smoothies in the blender, coffee makes me nuts.  I also do calisthenics (sp?) every couple of hours for about three minutes to keep my blood flowing and keep toned.  I walk the dog two times a day for about 10 minutes to get energized from the sun and keep a good color.  I take an hour break to watch good ol Judge Judy, and fix myself something nice n yummy, and after Judy I crank out my last hour called the 'power hour' where I take no prisoners and smoke comes off my keyboard!  Like a race to the finish line.

I can't see how you could do the 20 and the 10 minute clean break, that would slow me down!  Maybe I should take cleaning breaks, because I never want to clean when I have a block of time off and the dirt just collects.

There's nothing lazy about 'fixing.' Same thing as 'preparing' or 'getting ready.&
why let him call you lazy more than once? also, sit him down and make him transcribe a generic note.
Only a person who consistently leaves blanks because they are lazy should be docked.
Or maybe they should just be fired. The first place I ever worked docked us for errors that we should not have made. I was only docked a couple of times, and it was only a small amount, but it made me pay attention and be more careful, and I think it made be a better MT.
When I was job hunting, I applied
and was offered a job, declined.  Now I am so glad, I will not work for a company that wants to put MTs out of business in this country.  I would never, ever work for Spheris.
I applied 2 different times
The first time it took awhile and I finally gave up on them (around a year ago),but this time they didn't take long at all. I have been there only a couple weeks, but they seem to make the effort to give their current employees the work they want and try not to overhire. I know that some people on here have just been hired so they may be busy with training to. Hang in there!
Have you applied to National co's and getting
ditto! I have applied
I have applied at hotels, and clerical jobs outside of MT work, because this is a dying profession. It's all turning into a joke now. Where are all the good jobs? I used to be at the top of my game and make great $$$$.

BEWARE OF THE SCAM MT COMPANIES! I had put in a lot of hours for one company!
Every job I applied to has. Tell them I dont
I too applied for an out of home (sm)
position as a unit clerk at the hospital.  Figured with 20 years in the medical field doing front office as well as transcription, I'd at least get an interview.  Nada.  Not sure if it's the at-home stigma or what.  Keep sending in applications and resumes.  That's what I'm doing.  Good luck.
I believe that this was applied to transcription
is so the record would be more "consistent" all the way through.
I applied for a job at a very well-known hospital. SM

The person that called me kept telling me I had to come in and take a typing test.  I kept telling her I was a CMT and she kept saying she understood that I had a certificate from an MT school.  This will never change.  Those that have no clue are the ones that are put in leadership positions.  And if you're lucky to have a cousin already in you may have a chance, otherwise forget it. 

actually applied this week
took about two hours - testing includes Excel, Word, basic grammar, basic filing, and typing test. Got all fired up, they were going to fax my resume "right now" and I would hear back "tomorrow at the latest"...still waiting. Be prepared to give out a lot of information (SS number, at least 3 professional references, entire work history including any gaps) etc. I know I aced the Word/spelling/grammar tests (and I suck at Excel but told them that up front and the position did not require Excel), know I passed the criminal/background check, and yet I wait. Sigh. Good luck to you though; maybe you will score!
I know AMS (Applied Medical) has ER reports. However,
...not sure if they offer the money you are used to. I think pay depends on experience, but call them or e-mail them. You may be offered a different pay rate with your experince level.

Trying to help.:) Good luck.
Applied at a hospital for a clerk

20 years later, I'm an MT with three of my own accounts and IC for a company on-line.

I applied at the hospital and told them I had done transcription in high school for my medical secretary certificate, and the recruiter asked me if I'd like to work in Radiology as an MT.  I said I wasn't very good at it and she said it pays $2.00 more an hour, and I said "Well then, let me give it a whirl!"  I passed the typing test and have never looked back.  I built up my knowledge by working for 17 years in a hospital in different departments.  I went from Radiology to the Cath Lab to a diagnostics area. 

I loved the challenge.  The medical terms and stories interested me so much that I even wanted to be on the procedures so I could learn more.  So, yes I wore lead and went in as an observer.  If you ever want to gain experience, that is the best way!  Be right there for the show!  LOL

Thank you to the 2 who e-mailed me! I've applied.
Indian MT said he applied to co. with fake
Venkat applied to cos. with resume not his,
Last summer I applied to 2 companies and sm
was offered positions at 9 and 9.5, which is basically what I asked; I think I indicated I wanted 10 but didn't push it because I was in the same boat as you. I have less experience than you but am a skilled transcriptionist. BTW, I accepted the lower one because it came with a good production bonus schedule that makes my actual pay routinely between 10 and 11 and a good platform that helps me achieve a pretty high line count.
I applied with them some time back.

I was interviewed and asked to test. The test recordings were so full of static and hard to hear that I decided the tests weren't worth the time or frustration. I sent the recruiter an email regarding the poor quality of the recordings and never heard another word from her. Has anyone else had the same experience with their test recordings?

I applied a couple of months ago
They are a not-so-small U.S. Company who only hire U.S. MTs and does not do offshoring!!!!  They have different branches of the company that you apply to.  The account I applied for was out of the Maine office.  The recruiter was exceptionally nice.  She told me that for each job posted, they get literally hundreds of resumes/applications so list your experience in detail - type of OP notes, type of experience in specialties, ER, Discharge, Ortho testing, neuro testing, etc., and even the type of equipment you have.  The less questions they have to ask you - the better - so make sure it is all on your resume.  That is what they are looking for.  She interviews you, and perhaps others, and narrows it down before you go through a second phase of the interview process.  I was not hired but they were certainly nice enough to e mail me and let me know.  I was disappointed at the time but I do like the job I took elsehwere better than they one they were offering.  Sorry I can't tell you more because I did not get very far, but they were very nice and respectful.  I would apply there again. 
Your point was? You called me jealous and lazy, and suggested I work an 8 hour shift.
Now you're being "nice". I am NOT worried about others.  Why would I want to work an 8 hour shift and produce 1000 lines if I could be missing SOMETHING and increase my production?  How mean-spirited you are. I would LOVE to produce more and work less, so that I could spend more time with my loved ones. And to read on this forum the astonishing line counts most MTs are claiming to make regularly - well, I'm either doing some really, really wrong, which I would like to fix, or I'm not doing something that I need to be doing, which I would like to fix! Thus, my sincere question.  Truly I believe it is time to leave this board, though I used to LOVE it so much, cause you just can't get an honest thread running anymore about anything - even trivial threads turn ugly by 2 to 3 posts, let alone INFORMATIVE ones like how honestly asking my fellow MTs who are huge producers HOW they do it? As in straight typing or using normals and standards?  I try to hang on this board and stay "positive" despite the negatives, cause I really like it here and I really like the admin, etc, but I'm not a glutton for punishment.  I know a lot of the old regular MTs who actually carried on intelligent conversations have gone to the board where you have to pay $$$ to post.  Apparently, one can still have kind meaningful conversations over there - guess the $$ part weeds out the trolls?  Don't know, but its sure sad.  Please, don't misinterpret this as me thinking anyone would give a hoot if I left here - cause I know now there will be the normal "good - who gives a crap? good riddance" flames, but really, the MTs who are so trollish are just ruining it for themselves.  Thus is their lot in life, though.
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Applied to Medical Records Dept ...
... second shift position.
But isn't the increased incentive JUST on whatever is over 300 lines? Not applied to the first 3
CardioScribes is a MediScribes "branch," so maybe if you applied
husband once applied/sister worked there
my sister worked there and only got a discount of 10%.  that is in TX, don't know if it differs elsewhere.  my husband also applied once when he was unemployed about 4 years ago and they were going to start him out at $7.50/hr and if you need benefits they're horrible.  for our family, it was going to cost about $450 a month.  he turned it down, needless to say.  with all that said, my BIL still works there as a manager and he loves it - although i don't think he makes much more than $45000 a year and that's after working there for 10+ years and half as a manager.
Applied to tons of companies and hear nothing!
Anyone else applied to lots of places and never hear anything?  I have 5 years experience and a good resume so I don't understand. 
I can't believe how bad some of the tests are!
Some test where you put commas (for which there are few real-world rules) and other BOS nonsense. Some count off if you didn't transcribe the patient's name and other private information (that you'll send to them via e-mail). Few actually test the skills required to be successful at real-world MT. Many tests only answer one question: "Have you memorized all the personal preferences found in the BOS or not?"
tests are different
I've taken them that take as little as half an hour to as much as 4 hours. I think they are a good idea.