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I have scheduled surgery/chemo/RT out of town.

Posted By: I am patient on 2007-03-30
In Reply to: Sorry to hear of your diagnosis - sm

I do not want the word spread too soon as to how I am doing if it is not good as I need to work. It is funny how vultures begin circling when this occurs. I did let my supervisor know as there may be times when I will need to lie down. She is understanding but I realize the bottom line is TAT and if necessary, she will need to bring in another MT to replace me. Though, I have been told it is against the law to fire anyone with a diagnosis of cancer.

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I work Mon-Sat, but only scheduled for M-F. Need the extra $. nm
I've scheduled mine too (sm)

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I have started many jobs with the undertanding that I already have time off scheduled. sm

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Do you work outside your scheduled hours to get extra lines?
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If employee, work the scheduled shift and complete the 8 hours. nm
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I got into this field because I wanted to work from home and have FLEXIBILITY.  I have a toddler under the age of 4 and when I interviewed and shared my reasons for wanting to work at home (my children) I was told I was a "great fit" and then I get in my home and am told there is ZERO flexibiity and I have to work 8 hours straight just like in-house people!  This is extremely stressful for me having a small child and I don't make enough money to afford daycare. 

I started working with Medquist part-time for extra money and AGAIN I was told I would have to work a set shift, with no flexibility. 

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I would charge more per line for working holidays or if asked to work scheduled days off. SM
But did you address that in your contract? 
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it is the craziest thing I've ever heard in my life, and then asking you to PAY to sit the beta is beyond ridiculous.

For me, the CMT is unnecessary. I have never been without work a day in 25 years. I can work tomorrow if I lose my job today.

I've always said I may not be able to pass it for all I know - it may be over my head. But for me in my life, it is not a thing I've given a moment's thought to in 15 years. Yes, when I was supervisor of transcription at a big hospital, I thought about taking it and was encouraged to do so, but I just never did it.

I don't hold anything against somebody who does take those tests but for me they mean nothing.

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