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Posted By: Diana Strand on 2005-09-26
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My name is Diana Strand and I am an entry level medical Transcriptionist seeking any kind of PRN work or internship, or mentoring program available. I wish to get experience to be able to attain a permanent job. Any comments would be helpful. Thank you very much.

Diana Strand

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The difficulty level of the test you take is based on your years experience. If you have say 10+
years experience as an MT, then you get the harder test.  I have tested for several services in the past and when I test I'm told specifically which files to transcribe and there will be several to choose from, but I'm only told certain ones.  That's because we get experienced-based tests - harder test for more experienced MTs and easier tests for less experienced MTs.
Does anyone ever get on a personal level with anyone they work for?

Do you ever get to know the people you work for personally when working for these nationals? Ever have any faces with those QA names? I was just wondering. I find it a little difficult not knowing the people I work for, and I work for a smaller MTSO. They are all nice enough, I suppose, but all business. I can't imagine working for these people for years and not even know what they look like. Is it just me and my curiosity or what???

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mind. I fought very hard to get out of there. If you think narrow-minded high-horse thinking people are the only ones who are making trailer park comments, YOU ARE DEAD WRONG. I know white trash people who live for the weekend to get drunk and party and make just enough to get by. I am educated in the "real world" and whether you like it or not, the "real world" doesn't want to be anywhere near a trailer park for real or imagined reasons and does ostracize trailer park people along with ghetto people and section 8 people. Crime, drugs, do come from low income housing. BTW, people are outraged at black-on-black ghetto crime. That does not happen in higher working class black neighborhoods. Same deal with white trash people. Low class white people get drunk fight and end up in jail. If you read the newspaper or watch it on TV over the weekend, you know what I am talking about. Crime, drugs, etc is rarely an ONGOING problem in upper class neighborhoods because most of these people have goals for the future. Lower class neighborhoods and low class people are what they are because that's what the people in the neighborhoods settle for.
You should feel great as a transcriptionist if they think your work is that great!!!
It is not your fault they approached you. I think it would be a different storey if you were the one searching for the job to take away from a company. They obviously want to get rid of the company and if you didn't take the job they would probably ask someone else. You should enjoy the better position and not feel guilty!!
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Well I'm looking for work .. I have a year experience, my current company is 3 cents a line ... ICK but I needed the experience..

HELP any hints....

Need a decent company...

Well, I have 25 years experience also in all work types
and only do acute care with a line rate of 10.5 cpl M-F and 11 cpl on the weekends.

You can negotiate it a little harder, and you will get it depending on their needs, I guess.

It is MDI-Maryland.
sorry...not a great experience. I do love the work,
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My current work is local and is on tapes but I am willing to learn a new system or possibly obtain different equipment.  Any input will be appreciated!  Thanks in advance.

Well I don't know anything with all my years experience because I only transcribe clinic work ..
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Has anyone done Data Entry jobs from home?  Thanks


this happens to me sometimes if my entry came from an enrich...sm
I would use the search function in the glossary viewer and edit the entry...if you edit it, it should work fine. Or, you can just make a new entry with the same sentence

We are more than data entry BUT...
Yes, they will still need us to copyedit and clean up the voice recognition and offshore "crude" product, but from what I've read on these boards, there's not going to be much money in this for MTs.

I too am thinking of leaving MT for another field. This summer my 15-year-old son got his first summer job as basically an unskilled laborer at minimum wage, and he was making quite a bit more per hour as I ended up getting, turning an Indy 500 ESL's mishmash into a perfect operative report. The day I learned that, I decided to start rethinking my career choices.

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I agree. But don't you know, there's always someone lurking in front of their keybord waiting to belittle someone else's from-the-heart question??
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-year-old where I don't have to backspace the expansion?
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It is an entry position.
I wouldn't consider it a crap job. It is an entry position. There is not a lot of stress unless you work in ICU. If someone codes then the unit clerk has to take notes while the patient is being worked on (at least where I worked). Other than that I enjoyed it. A lot of paper work, keeping the charts in order, answering phones, that type of stuff.
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My post did show so I will ask again...does anyone know where I can find a listing of jobs for data entry positions? 
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Add the nonbreaking space for your other entries.

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Make an autocorrect entry of bid that expands to b.i.d.
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