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Here are a couple lazy MTs now...

Posted By: great attitude guys! on 2005-07-12
In Reply to: If the dictators could speak proper English and enunciate clearly, - speak Engrish

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. 

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    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
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    We're just lazy, really.
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    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...
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    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.

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    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.
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    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.

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    There are a couple out there.
    I can't remember the name of the company but one of the owners was Tari. I think they were getting eScription work from Focus but weren't actually Focus.
    here's a couple

    No, there are a couple.
    Just a couple
    For one thing, with the ESL dictators, as you may have guessed the more you type the better you get. When you're new, and especially when your testing and not under production pressure, you might be better off listening to it all the way through once or twice. The cadence and the way sentences are formed, and their syllable accents, etc. will become more clear, especially as you hear them in phrases that you can catch. Then it will be easier to go through and say things like, "Oh, yeah, this guy's E's sound like A's and he says GULLBLUTTER instead of GALLBLADDER.

    It gets easier in time, to the point where now I can type with a Hindi accent without thinking about it(and even learned a few cuss words to toss at the doc at appropriate intervals). Most of the companies that I have tested for have maybe had 1 out of 4 or 5 test dictations that were ESL. I would assume that if you did swimmingly on the English speakers and even just fair on the ESL, they would give you a chance, but then again I'm just a worker bee and not very corporate at all!
    Here are a couple that I use. sm

    Hope they help.
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    Couple of hints.
    ANYBODY assigning work to MTs is a bad idea. Whenever human intervention is introduced there is the potential for mischief and abuse. Even if the person who starts the practice of assigning work is an honest broker, there are no guarantees that that person will be there next week doing it. People often tend to exercise what power they have, big or small, to advance themselves and/or stifle their rivals/least favorites. Nothing beats letting the machine assign jobs, oldest first.

    The following does not address the issue of MTs finding a way to reject jobs they don't like. Most of the systems I have worked on have disabled that capability.

    It may be obvious that there are two basic methods of large-scale cherrypicking/assigning work: 1) Assigning all the good dictators to "somebody", leaving all the bad dictators for "somebody else"; or 2) assigning all the bad dictators to "somebody else", leaving all the good dictators for "somebody".

    The main indicators of cherrypicking that I look for are large gaps between job numbers and/or dictation times that don't seem to fit.

    Example: Last 3 job numbers were 13605, 13610, 13618, and 13630, and were all decent or a mix of good and bad dictators, but current job number is 14221 and it is a crummy dictator. Especially suspicious if more crummy dictations follow.

    Another example: Dictation time of last 3 jobs indicates they were dictated on 1st shift but then suddenly you start getting dictation times from 3rd shift and the dictator(s) is pretty bad. What happened to 2nd shift's dictations?

    Basically it's about irregularities in the pattern of jobs you get.

    As you suggested, it may be that the in-house MTs get an incentive bonus or just don't like doing all those crummy dictators so they casually assign themselves the good work.

    My experience is that MTSOs typically do not want to deal with "crummy dictator" issues. I've never known of one--or anybody else in the medical field for that matter--that has shown any willingness at all to try to help a crummy dictator improve his/her dictation skills or to find any other solution to this enormous problem.

    I have only been at it for a couple of weeks..
    Having several years experience, I thought I could step right in and nail it.  There are a variety of issues/concerns most importantly the accents, getting use to the different accounts (I have several) and unrealistic expectations I have set before myself.  It is a good thing I get paid by the hour because if I got paid by the line, I would be starving!!!  Some files are easy to zip through, others are are a real dragon!!!!  I am going to give it more time though.  I have wanted this position for a while and I don't give up easy!  Thanks for letting me vent.
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    First, go through your resume and cover letter with a fine tooth comb (you definitely should send/e-mail a cover letter with your resume). Make sure there are no typos. Also, give to someone else to check for typos and look at format.

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    Have you asked for any feedback on your online tests?

    I hope these suggestions help. I'm sure other MTs will have good suggestions to give you too! Good luck to you. Keep us posted!
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    A couple of ideas...SM
    I would suggest you pick up a copy of your local area's business journal and see what terms other businesses for sale are offering. Then place an ad in it yourself once you decide what you want. If you don't have a business journal in your town or one nearby, check the classifieds in your local paper (you won't find as much there, though). You may even want to pick up the Wall Street Journal as a last option, just to see how the ads are worded and what terms/rates are out there.

    To add value you need to be offering things like an established company name, any archived files you have, hardware and software used in the business, any "norms" you have set up, etc. You will also want to offer your services during the transition, as a liason between the new owner and the clients to train and troubleshoot.

    Finally, be sure to get a well-written contract that spells out exactly what you are selling and what you are/are not liable for. Be sure your business is in compliance with all regulations and don't release any medical records without the knowledge and written consent of your clients, and then only to the new business owner who has a "business need to know".

    Good luck!
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    You mention being depressed, so I'm wondering if you really might benefit from an antidepressant?  (I know mine works wonders for me.) 

    Another thing, I love to watch Oprah when she does shows about inspirational weight loss stories.  You can read some of them at:  http://www2.oprah.com/tows/pastshows/tows_2000/tows_past_20001109.jhtml

    Oprah's website has a lot of info, and message boards for support.  Apparently, her trainer, Bob Greene, has some great books out about weight loss and emotional eating.   

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    Couple of comments

    I have been dieting for three years....just trying to lose about 25 pounds.  It's been hard.  Now I have to tell you that I am just under 5'8" and now weigh 140 pounds.  Sounds great doesn't it?  Well, my significant other has never seen me naked in 8 years because I think I still look kind of gross.  My point is, that while being fairly slim is, of course, a good thing, you may continue to have issues with your looks.  I still focus in on all the places that I find unattractive or flabby.  I don't think I would ever be happy with the way my body looks.   

    I think part of the problem is cultural, in that we are daily bombarded with women on TV, in magazines and in movies who are not representative of what women generally look like. 

    Yes, your weight right now is probably too high but perhaps you should set some realistic goals rather than trying to look like, well, you know, all those women I was talking about.  I found that exercise combined with the dieting was the most beneficial.  But you probably already know all this.

    A couple of months???
    Gheesh!  They're nickle and diming her to death for the love of Pete, and you want her to do them a favor and give them two months' notice?  Heck! Why not give them a couple of years' notice so they can continue to take further advantage of her???
    I did a couple of years ago

    I did about two years ago, two years after I got divorced with a lot of debt.  At first I tried to settle the debts at 25-40%, and supposedly would have 3 years to do so, but then got sued anyway and had two lawsuits, so I was back to where I started.  Spoke to a lawyer about bankruptcy and he said go for it and encouraged me to do it myself.  Of course I didn't own anything except for a car that was worth about $200.00, so it was easy.  It was the last thing I thought I'd ever do, but it flew through without a hitch and four months from the time I filed it was over.  Yes, my credit has been stinky, but it's coming back.  Wish I would have filed sooner.

    Don't know about your situation, but a lot of lawyers will offer a free consultation so you could see if it would be worth it for you.

    Good luck!