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I just started with them a couple of months ago...

Posted By: sm on 2005-07-24
In Reply to: Please ignore the above post. I messed up. - see msg inside this one

I find it so hard to produce a good line count, and I'm assuming that it's because of not getting paid for spaces.  Can you give me an idea of the difference in pay with paid spaces vs. nonpaid spaces.  I'm very frustrated, and am also looking for another job.  Do you think they get paid for spaces from the hospitals?

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I had that for a couple of months and it has
recently gone away.  I tried pillows, sitting up straighter, etc.  Nothing seemed to help.  It was to the point I could only sit for about an hour at a time.   I didn't realize it until I saw your post, but I'm not hurting anymore.  I haven't been as stressed lately and I wonder if that was causing it.   I tend to manifest stress with a physical ailment, used to be migraines, then back spasms when major sudden stress. 
As of about a couple months ago, we are to
not spell out any number at all. I hate that because it looks ridiculous.
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???
Sure you can! It will take a couple of months sm
to build up your Expander files with what the docs say repeatedly, but then it should get faster. ESLs, like most other dictators, tend to use the same phrasing in their reports.

When you get your reports back from QA, save them right away in your expander file.

Good luck!
Took it a couple months back.
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I asked a couple of months ago about doing this
It was such a vast decrease in money, there was no way. I could not believe how little QA people make. If you are a slow producer and at a low line rate, is the only way it would be a possibility, at least where I am at.
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. 
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I started a couple
I thought they were a fun way to get to know everyone and have something else in common (besides MT).
We started the new spacing about 2 months ago. At first I said "oh no". sm
Our QA dept did tell us about the tip Ctrl + Shift + F, 2 spaces, tab, 1 space. I was really surprised how quickly my brain accepted the new one space after periods and colons. I still do the double check, but I'm finding very few doubles now.
I have a couple of jobs, but just started...
And can't get a paycheck until the 10th, which will be too late. Can't seem to make a good living at this anymore and it is all I have known how to do, will be out on the street if I can't pay my rent.
I did comm. college and started in-house 2 months after I was done....
try any local hospitals if you have some in your area. The hospital I worked at was the first and only place I applied and they hired me right away. I worked in-house for 3 years and have been at home for 3 years now. In-house taught me the ropes and then I decided to try at home, which has worked out well, even thought my supervisor said I would hate it. She was dead wrong! Keep trying... You can't expect to begin at home, it may take working outside first, such as I did...and I am glad for the in-house experience.
started at about 8K PT 2002, last couple years 12K but
I did not work much in 2005 for about 6 months when my 5-y/o got diagnosed with cancer and going through chemo, etc. So I would have made a bit more. I expect to do about $16K this year. I alternate my hours a lot though, about 60 or so minutes of work during the school year a day, but then only 30 during the summer, plus a side job that fluctuates ($300-500 a month). I am shooting for $20K next year, still not at FT (5-6 hours a day). I'll see how it goes. I think $12K for PT is good, but that is my opinion.
Has anyone ever had major surgery and a few months later started to shed a lot of hair. I am having
that right now and I wonder how long this goes on. Much more hair loss when brushing and washing than before. Scary.
I started a neighborhood watch a couple of years ago...sm
we were having similar problems to what you're having and they're gone now. Here's what worked for us. I gave every home in the subdvision a flier asking anyone that was interested in forming a neighborhood watch to come to an organization meeting and made the meeting a week later and on a week night, and gave my phone # in the event someone was interested but couldn't attend then. Out of 150 homes in my subdivision we had 40 people show up and 20 called expressing interest.

Everyone had the same complaints on the same "problem" homes and as a group we decided that each time the noise level was high enough to hear outside of the vehicle or house that we'd call the police. We all alternated placing those calls so the police department didn't think it was just 1 person complaining. The police department agreed to increase the patrols for our subdivision at all hours of the day and night and just having people see them ride through every few hours helped significantly cut down on the problems.

Over time the people that were causing problems either put their houses up for sale or moved out of the rental home and left when they saw that we neighbors insisted on a peaceful and quiet living area. It worked! When these problem homes left the problems with the trash thrown on the roads left as well.

In addition we were having some problems with some of the youth hanging out walking the streets at all hours and it was making some of the residents nervous, especially when the youth were walking through yards. So, we told the youth to stick to the roads, ask permission before cutting through yards to find out who cared and didn't care if they walked through them, and one of the men placed a basketball goal at the end of one of the cul-dec-sacs for the kids to play basketball after the neighbors in the cul-dec-sac agreed it would be fine. It worked - some of them started playing basketball there and they honored requests of homeowners that didn't want them walking on their yards.

Good luck to you!
Mine are in year-round thank goodness! They've started their new year 2 months ago.
I have 2 middle age couple friends. One couple became pregnant from condom failure.
This is not just "irresponsible" behavior! Both couples are "fixed" now, because for them, reliable birth control was NOT. But it's an error to assume this stuff happens to people who are unmarried or irresponsible. Both these couples are raising 2nd families, now, but it wasn't "irresponsibility" that did them in!
$32K/part time 6 months/full time 6 months
I have kept my child home with me half the year, but when pre-K started I began working full time. Helps to only have a main account and one backup account for the 2nd year now, so my abbreviation program rocks and rolls when I focus.
I have been doing VR for 6-7 months.

The system has not improved in that time and it is much more time consuming to edit VR than to transcribe.  I believe the companies are selling VR to the doctors saying it will eventually be perfected and dictation will be done cheaper and quicker.  Right now that is definitely not the case at this point in time.  On the other hand, VR for banking and other services seems to be working well.  I do believe it's the future of transcription but for now it leaves a lot to be desired and is very, very tedious and kind of nerve wracking if you are used to transcribing. 

On the other hand, for someone who cannot transcribe but has medical terminology course, you may be able to make some money on VR and I suspect that is exactly what companies have in mind when they push VR.  Eventually all MTs will be replaced by MEs (medical editors) at a lower line rate.  I have seen as low as 4 cpl posted for editing so for someone who wants to work at home, I guess that's good enough especially if you can't transcribe all that well utilizing expanders, etc. 


I have been there 5 months and have never (sm)
been happier. They are great!!
Sure! It took me 3 months to get (sm)
good at MT (no formal training, just science background); like you, I sort of fell into it -- was getting divorced and leaving grad school, needed a job, had done transcription at temp jobs, so saw an ad and jumped -- made a grand total of $300 the first month, 10x that after 3 months. There is only one other job I've ever had that kept me as interested as MT -- working as a paralegal doing insurance defense work. I love the challenge of researching a new piece of equipment, I love hearing people's stories, and I adore working at home and avoiding all the politics and other garbage of a worksite. I love working all night when the work is plentiful and breaking my days up how I like. What's not to like?
I like it. I have used it for a few months
and it is very easy to get used to. The only thing I don't like is it doesn't spell check your work until the end, I'd prefer to have it checked as I go along, like in MS Word.
About 2 1/2 months here
My biggest problem is in the evenings. I am so sick that all I want to do is lay down and sleep until it passes. I work two jobs, so I am having the difficulties you are talking about. I am moody, too. This is my first experience with this while being an MT, so I'm right there with you on not knowing what to do. Good luck!
At the very least 6 months
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As a new MT myself, not quite 6 months
on the job yet, I take any and all feedback with a grain of salt. The tone of the e-mail does not bother me as long as useful information is being given. I did not graduate from one of the top 3 schools either, so I appreciate the opportunity to work and learn at the same time. Feedback often makes you feel degraded and dumb to a degree, but let us face it, we are. We are ignorant to the world of MTing. We do not know everything. We learn daily. Once you begin implementing the advice given you will probably find that critical e-mail will lessen. Also, trainers often do not have the time or resources to be "sweet" to everyone they train. Their primary responsibility is to make you the best MT you can possibly be. Learn, grow, and do not take it all to heart. Good luck.
I did for 6 months sm
a loooonnnnngggg time ago when my kids were tiny. I started out pouring the models but had to leave due to babysitter issues. There is very good money to be made there. Based on production but I believe they pay by the hour. Go for it. Not any more boring than MT can be at times. Around here if you can paint the porcelain teeth, the pay is close to $20 an hour.
about 7 months

they have been using it on my account. 

it really depends on the voice.

I just learned that "lungs are clear to sedation"
and parentheses do not know if they want to be princesses or impressions.

took over 2 months for me

I worked for them last year.  It took over two months for them to get it together and then I finally had typing to do.  They do not go by their contract.  In it, it says you would have so many (50 maybe?) typings before they got out out of training (which has less pay of course) and it was over 200 and then it was only after I asked about it when they moved me to an actual account.  After that, I worked for about 3 months and every time I would be put on an account and start making decent money, they would switch me to another account and I'd have to start all over getting used to....thus not making money.  I finally resigned and explained why and the owner sent me an email, saying she didn't bother to read my email....but she didn't understand what the problem was....duh...if you had read the email, you might understand.  It was a mess and not worth my time at all.  There were actually hours where I could have made more money at McDonald's.  Oh, and when they fax you back any corrections, they charge for fax time......even when they're having problems with their fax...they charge you the time!!!....they charged me nearly 1/2 hour once because they were having problems with the fax and they were faxing MY work.....just not worth it to me....I'm sticking to my own accounts.

Gee, my 'E' is okay after a few months, it's my

a,c.v.b.k.l. and the period that are worn on this new keyboard.

I wish I would have known about the clear nail polish before I started using this. I would have tried it. I have gone through 3 keyboards in as many years and my first keyboard keys were worn down to nothing.

2 months before they pay you?
I would explain that to them, that this is not ONE month, but it is TWO months before you will see a dime for work done, and that you have MTs that depend on paychecks much more often than that. Ask them if there can't be some kind of negotiation. I really don't see how they are even requesting that set up. NO one pays just every 2 months. If I paid my bills only every two months, I'd be sitting in the dark, for sure. I wish you the best on figuring this out. It's an awful situation for you.
when I was very new, about 2 months ago actually

the doc said to avoid NSAIDs and I typed incense! 

Ot maybe this is the first time in six months that the
account has been out of work because ALL medical providers are slow this time of year.
All you need to do is stay there for 3-6 months to get the
We all start out in really crappy jobs, but stay there because it looks good on the resume for a better company.  My first place I worked with, I had to work with a guy who had no idea what he was doing, would type just about anything he wanted just to get paid (at that time 7 bucks an hour was big bucks) and when i'd correct him, because it would look bad on me too (there were only two of us per shift in the small room connected to the ER), he'd flip me off behind my back and make faces.  It was complete nonsense, but it got me into a better company.
I complained over 6 months ago about J. sm
I was using my computer but i believe it boils down to J doesn't have a clue what he is doing. somethings he couldn't figure out and i knew exactly how to do them. i think they got him off the street holding a work for food sign maybe. he likes for you to use company computer because he doesn't know crap about fixing yours. loved the company other than J and the hatefulness/stupidness that came along with him.
Thnx, been 4 months sm

She has been here once in that time and she just started crying all over again until hubby felt bad for HER and started taking her side and I have just had it.  He is a big one on the few house rules we have DUE TO HIS MOTHER being so lax and not responsible, so rules are rules apparently except when his mother is involved.

We have been over this issue the past 15 years (since first child) as she is the one who always trys to break any discipline just becuase she happens to be there.  Sorry, they knew you coming and if they decided to get in trouble that is their doing and letting things slide all the time just becuase she is around made a mess of things and I am just full of it and decided if this is not a big deal for her...it should be for my husband and until the two of them realize how serious  her actions were they will not be left with her for any reason as I have no clue what serious is to her if that was not.  I could see if she did not know that the kids were to tell us anything that is/might be an issue first hand, but she has been in on that rule for many years, so it was not new or something I just decided to get upset about...standing rule so that we can discuss and find alternative solutions for next time, etc. depending on if an issue at all or something that might come up down the road again.

If you asked that 2 months ago
I would have told you MQ whom I was happily with for years and years but now I sorrowfully have to say, NOT HERE!
3 years, 9 months - nm
I spoke with them a few months ago SM
and they said they are getting a pool of resumes together to fill positions AS THEY BECOME OPEN.  So there is really no "position" there, they are just getting a bunch of them together to go to if they need to.
We've been using ours for two months now.
No more $20 gas bills like in the summertime.
I agree, at least 3 months. My
accounts I have been on for 5 years, well I fly and the money really does pour in. Good luck.
Three months sounds about right. nm
not very long, only nine months...
we have a sliding scale and all of that...but you have to do 1200 lines to get .055, can you believe that?
I went through the same thing for 6 months
It was so good to have an apartment with a door I could lock that only I had the key to. I guess the upside to transcription is that if you do become homeless, you can still keep your job.
29 w/2 kids 5 and 10 months
was going for nursing but decided to stay home with my baby
We lost 29 lbs on it in 2 months but...

Hubby got the gout after that, so had to go off it so we could find out what kind of foods would trigger his attacks. That was 2 years ago and we gained all our weight  back. We missed the meals. We were really into the full meal salads, etc., satisfying and weren't really into sweets or deserts before starting. Never missed potatos, either (except french fries...my weakness).

 He also has a heart problem and finally asked his doctor what foods to avoid...Lo and behold....everything we're eating now. When asked what foods to eat...you guessed it...everything on the Atkin's Diet. So, 2 years later, we're anxious to get back to it. ...but a modified version.

Oh, and we have figured out which foods trigger his gout...FINALLY. It's any dark green leafy vegetable, spinach (our favorite) and even mixed baby greens, and green beans! Never would have believed it but we tried several times to include those in our diet and they trigger attacks every time...go figure.

I have been QAing for about 18 months (sm)
and I average about 500 lines per hour - BUT - it's mostly clinic work, easy docs, same MTs, and super, SUPER slick software.  I also use a foot pedal and move through document with a mouse.    I sometimes read from the bottom up and group my docs and do all one doctor at one time if possible.  I also do my more difficult doctors in the morning and the easy ones in the late afternoon or evening - if I have this option.  I keep notes on common errors certain MTs make.  I also don't struggle with blanks - I figure the MT has given it her best effort so I listen 2-3 more times and then just leave it if I cannot figure it out.   It took me almost a year to get to this point but it was well worth it.  Best of luck to you!
I had my daughter's done when she was 9 months old....sm
Doctor said fine anytime but would be best to wait until after 6 mns when they get their 2nd tetanus just incase someone's equipment wasn't completely sterile so that's what I did. Don't see why that's too young; I think it is definitely a personal opinion and I wanted my daughter's done. If she ever grows up and doesn't like them she can let them grow up. No big deal.
My daughter had hers done when she was about 6 months...sm
I would do it over again at that age in a heartbeat.  She cried no worse getting that done than getting shots and I know she would never do it now (she's 10), so I feel my husband and I made the best choice for her.
I had a problem just a few months ago. sm
My entire family of 4 were sick with enlarged lymph nodes, cough, stuffy head, etc. The cough and stuffy head would go away with cold medicine, but the docs actually thought I have lymphoma or lung cancer from huge lymph nodes on CT of the chest.

Long story short, we had a dehumidifier attached to our heating/air conditioning system that was not working and had been out of service for some time. I called my brother, who is an HVAC mechanic, and he came, disconnected the nonworking dehumidifier, cleaned all of the rust, mold and everything else that was in our ducts, installed new duct where the dehumidifier was and guess what?!!! 3 months later on a followup CT scan, my enlarged lymph nodes, were gone!! My son's enlarged groin and axillary lymph nodes were gone. It was the old dehumidifier harboring all of the pollutants, carcinogens, and everything else making us sick.

If you have hot air heat or a central system, have it checked pronto!

Could imagine being told you may have lung cancer or lymphoma, and your 15 year old son has lymphoma or Hodgkin's, and all the time it was my heating and air conditioning system! What a relief that was!
We love ours too..have had about 8 months now...sm

and we sleep much better. Wouldn't trade it for the world!

I am not currently pregnant, but my son is 13 months old....sm
My production dropped the first part of my pregnancy because I was so sick/tired, picked back up the middle only to fall again the last from being tired.  I took two 30 minute naps during the day (my lunch and then my 2 breaks combined).  I fixed what I wanted to eat and ate while I was working.  Your production will fall, but the main priority is the baby.  I also had 2 jobs and both employers were understanding.  I knew from a money standpoint I would have to return back to work soon after the birth.  When I became pregnant I had every intention of saving enough money I could be off for 6 or 12 weeks, but then my production dropped and so did my money.  I had him on a Tuesday, got out of the hospital on Friday and was back at work Saturday.  It is hard to deal with a drop in production when your pregnant, but remember it will be over shortly.  Keep your baby first in your thoughts and it will make it easier to get through.  Good luck to you.