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I'll say!

Posted By: burnie on 2006-02-06
In Reply to: I have been an MT for 20 years and have a job..sm - Is the grass any greener?

sounds like you already have a "dream job!"  Count  your blessings!

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I have two IC contracts right now. I recently went back to a job I had quit earlier in the year to work for the other company I am still working for.

The newer job has 80% ESLs. I transcribe OP notes primarily and I can fill in other work types as the opportunity arises. I am frustrated with this particular situation. After 6 months, I am making less money and working longer hours. I am past the learning curve and I should be doing better, at least in the number of hours I am spending doing the job. We have run out of work for 24 hrs at a time at least 5 or 6 times since December 1, and in November it was more than that. I have a friend who worked for this company as well and she was having similar difficulties. The only thing that we can figure is that they are shorting us line count some way, because after 6 months at it, it should be easier/faster/more money, but it is less and less every single pay period. It is not a nice thing to accuse a company of doing, but it SEEMS that way to us. I am fed up with being expected to type every single OP note that comes in 24/7 and meeting the 6 hr TAT for them on weekends, evenings, holidays, wee hours of the morning...

I took back a job I held for 2-1/2 yrs. The team leader has changed and this gal thinks that I should be on call 24/7 for whenever she has work. I might have some at 7 a.m., or perhaps not until 6 p.m. or later. I can't plan my personal life and between these two IC situations, I find that I am not eating on a daily basis, not showering on a daily basis and not sleeping more than 3 or 4 hours at a time. I have lost weight and I don't feel very well. I woke up today with a rip roaring head cold (my first in nearly 8 yrs) and it has already moved to bronchitis and I am expecting pneumonia by the weekend because I develop it very easily. I already have deep pain in my back.

Yes, I should call in sick tomorrow, but I really can't take the fallout. The job I took back I am covering for another gal who wanted vacation over the holidays and if I have to call in sick, the team leader will call me and pitch a fit about how this is my responsibility. It IS my responsibility, I did say I would do it, and I will do it, despite being quite ill. In the past, when I worked for this company, they would not allow me to call in sick for a "cold" without a doctor's note. I worked through many illnesses with them and only called in sick when I developed West Nile Fever and while I was sick for over a month, I only called for my last 12 reports one day when I could no longer see the computer screen because my head hurt.

The problem is that yes, many MTs lack work ethic. They don't take their responsibility seriously. This is not a work as you please career, not even for an IC. I can see the MTSO's point of view, I truly can. Like finding experienced, reliable and capable MTs, for the MTs who are these things, finding a company will treat you like a human being is equally difficult. I sit here, feeling lousy and like I am an utter slave labor with no consideration whatsoever. I know that my work needs to be done, but when I am this sick it is better that someone else do it for the sake of the work, for accuracy and for speed of getting it out. I know that I am needed, but to be the MT these companies need me to be, I also need to look after my own health.

I will also mention that when I have asked for vacation, I have been approved for the time, but the MTSO queues up my work and calls me then I am not on the system getting it done. I have told them I had been approved for time off, but the MTSO didn't schedule anyone to cover for me and I am told to get on work, vacation or no, if I want to keep my job.

Thus, I work 24/7/365 and have for years. I work sick, I work when I am in pain (I have an AI disorder), I work exhausted from staying up all night covering for others who are allowed to call in sick and have vacations when I can't have either. I work having no health insurance and not being able to afford the $125 a month to buy some with a high copay so I can see a doctor. I work without breaks for breakfast, lunch or dinner and I sometimes come close to having an accident because if I leave my desk to go to the little girls' room I get nasty calls about where I am at and what I am doing.

Many MTs are mistreated, and I am one of them.
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Control. I'll still get OT though. And you'll
still sit and complain!

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okay, thanks, I'll do that
Thanks! I'll try that. nm
They'll let your a** go before they let you run the co.
It's not your job to run it nor make changes.

Perhaps that is why all the new hires are getting MORE money and BETTER incentive and more VALUABLE benefits packages than those belly-aching, whining, sour-puss employees already there.

They know who the good employees are so they give them raises.

Sounds like they're trying to run your rat's a** out!! LMAOOOOO
I'll tell you what I do SM
I have had occasion where these people would call me trying to get me to upgrade my services, etc.  If I can't understand them I just tell them I can't understand them and they should learn English before calling people on the phone or don't bother calling.  If the same company keeps calling with the same people, I just hang up on them.  I have also written e-mails to the companies who hired them, complaining about the lack of English language skills.  I don't care what Americanized name they use, if they can't speak English, I don't want to be bothered.
Thanks so much. I'll try that.

I'll take you sm
for a supervisor any day!  :)  You've got it together girlfriend!
I'll 2nd that!
I'll be there soon
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At first. You'll get there.
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we'll believe you
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thank you
I'll second that!!!!! :)

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We'll see.
Well, I'll try again...

This Franky Boy or whatever must be pretty demented to turn a post about that into something perverted.

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I'll tell you why.
Because intense testing is required, companies should post their pay scales so we can make an informed decision before going through the rigamarole only to find out they won't pay squat. Not posting pay scales only serves to waste valuable time for both applicant and testing company.
I like that...I'll try it.
I'll believe it when I see it

I would say 3-5 years is a big stretch.  not just because of ESLs but so many regular English speaking docs who talk 900 miles an hour.  I believe it will happen some day, but in the meantime I think being the best Transcriptionist you can be now will only help you when it does.  there will be jobs for transcriptionists although some may be in an editing capacity, and the best transcriptionists now will be the ones who keep working.  so be the best!! 

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Okay, we'll try this again......
1950-2200 lines daily

Paid for spaces, headers, footers, 65 character line.

Large metropolitan teaching hospital. A couple thousand dictators including attendings and residents, but I do mostly Op reports, so that narrows things down some, I'd say to probably less than 500 dictators, with a couple hundred regulars.

Quite a large number of ESL, not sure exactly, but definitely over 50%.

Word superimposed in their platform. No Expanders allowed other than Auto Correct.

Demos are supposed to enter automatically, but about 50% of the time research needs to be done to find correct patient #, but no manually entering of patient name.

Verbatim account
I think you'll like VR
I have been doing VR on the eScription platform for over 3 years, and have made more money than just straight typing on all of the 3 accounts I have been on. Plus, it saves your hands/wrists from wear and tear. I would give it a try, if I were you, and judge for yourself, but that's my 2 cents. I am curious what company and platform you have received an offer from/on, if you care to share. Best of luck.
I'll go one further..
That's what I'll do then! Thanks! (nm)
I'll definitely try it - I'll try anything ! thank you!
  Thanks for the tip !
Thanks Ya'll
I will definitely be checking into that!  only problem is i am in Texas and she is in iowa!  hopefully i will find some recourse that'll get my money, or upset her business..I truly don't care which!!!  just the fact that an employer would pull this is outrageous, but i guess some people truly have no conscience or morals.  she is the one that will have to deal with the fact that she can't get and keep good employees.  thanks for listening to me gripe you guys!!! im sure ya'll will be hearing from me again before i get it outta my system
Thanks-I'll try it.
I'll say it again..........
if you are the type that tends to be extra careful you will not make out well in this field unless you are paid by the hour.
I'll try

I am not sure how much help I can be, but I will try my best.  I think I have been one of the luckiest ones in transcription.  My mom taught me seven years ago, when I was 17 and still in high school.  We worked for a company (later bought by Medquist).  Anyways she looked at everything I did and helped me and taught me.  After getting pretty good, they let me have my own account (as an IC) and I loved them.  When Medquist bought them, I quit because I did not like Medquist (soon realizing how spoiled I was).  Through word of mouth I guess, my name was given to a local Urology clinic, who I have now been with for five years as an IC.  They had two doctors when I started, and two transcriptionists.  Three years ago they got another doctor, so I was responsible for 2/3 docs.  Last year, the other lady quit, and now I have all three docs.  I also work for a local hospital doing ER charts as an IC. 

My advice would be to put together a resume and take it to local clinics or hospitals.  Like I said, I have been very lucky and never had to look for a job, but I have sometimes wanted more work (even though I have no time as it is).  Taxes are definitely a bummer.  To give you an idea, I pay $1,840 every three months to the IRS and lucky me I live in Nevada so pay no state taxes.  When I lived in California, however, I paid about $300.00 every three months.  However, I am not married yet and have no children, so I believe those are some tax breaks you get.

I also have to pay for my own health insurance, once again, if you are married this may not be the case.  Also, I have a roth IRA that I have to contribute all from my own money...

Overall, though, I do not think I would change my job.  Pros and cons... I sometimes wish I worked for a company so I could get the benefits, but I know I wouldn't be making as much money.  I have had to be very disciplined in how I save because I have no one else doing it for me, like a 401K or other retirement that employers give.

I say good luck to you.  If you aren't getting enough work that is a proble, but you must compare the amount of money you will make with all the other things you will be paying compared to what you are making now WITH the benefits, and see what fits you.


I'll try lol
I train the MTs on the software, which only takes about an hour and I can do a group session to I can do 10 MTs at once. ($100). They have to be on QA for 2 weeks and they offered me $5.00 per MT (which seems low to me but I'm not going to have them do more than a couple notes a day) for the 2 weeks I QA their stuff and then $25 per MT when they "graduate" from QA. Is that any clearer?
Why do you think you'll try it again?
Do you think that ultimately it's going to be the most efficient solution in the long run?

Thanks for replying to my post, by the way. :-)
Thanks, I'll try it. nm
Thanks, I'll try them. nm
and for $19.95, I'll tell you how...
 Is Carleton Sheets posting here now?
Thanks! I'll do that:-) NM
TY, I'll ask them. nm
Yes, I'll try that. Thanks. nm
What do you'll think

I recently typed a nice letter to the doctor I currently work for asking for a pay increase. It has been 2 years since my last increase. 

I am considered an IC employee, but only transcribe for this one doctor and have been for the past 5 years. It has been a week since I gave him this letter. I know he received because in that letter I also told him about vacation time off. He mentioned the vacation but not the raise. 

What should I do? I am comfortable where I am at and do not want to go through the trouble of looking elsewhere.



Men....I'll tell you
My husband had the big V thing done yesterday (you know, snip, snip, ouch, no more baby making).  Yesterday, he was somewhat uncomfortable.  Today, a little better.  Now he thinks he wants "to try it out to make sure it still works."  Can you believe it? I told him he better be patient or he will BECOME A PATIENT when he hurts something!  Boy, I'll tell you, some guys stop at nothing!! (Sorry you gents out there)  GOOD GRIEF!!!