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In MT ads on the net, more and more I see ads for combo positions - MT/front desk, MT/secretary, etc

Posted By: They're taking away our niche! nm :( on 2007-02-16
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Our cat (yes we have a zoo) plops on my desk right in front of me - sm
usually on my note pad or a patient list, makes it interesting too. But she doesn't usually stay long, and if the dogs are in she hides ---her and the Husky are mortal enemies, granted it does not help that he tried to eat/kill her a couple weeks go-- our signals got crossed and my husband let the dogs in before I could up up the gates to ensure her safety. Luckily I was right there and was able to grab the dog before anything really bad happened. So my husband learned an important lesson that day...communicate with me when you let the dogs in, or put up the gates first.
How did they get past the front desk and
where was security when they didn't take no for an answer the first time?  Having worked in a psych facility (which has a higher level of patient confidentially) and tyring to be "forced" into giving information not able to be given, it became natural to just say no.  NO ONE on my watch got the first hint of information they were not entitled to.  People may want information but getting it is something different.
Combo of laziness AND lack of knowledge! Deadly combo!
IC positions offer no benefits, employee positions off full benefits, so if you do not need
benefits, then IC would be best.
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it if is not pushed in all the way, sound will only be in one ear.
combo MT/MC classes

I am thinking of taking a Medical Transcription class.  My sister who is a Physician's Assistant tells me I should do coding instead.  Does anyone know anything about the combo classes and whether they are a good idea and if they prepare you enough?



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IC MT to Unit Secretary - sm
Do you like to answer the phone? Do you like to file? Do you like to have people order you around? Are you neat and organized? Can you do three or four things at once? If yes, then go for it. The hours 7 pm to 7 am may not be as busy as when I worked during the day, but your hospital may well be busier, depending on what type of unit you're on. I learned a tremendous amount working as a unit secretary, one thing being I didn't want to be around people anymore, the pubic being the most obnoxious of them all. An doctors in person can be very arrogant too; a lot different than on the other end of the line. Don't know how you will do those hours with small children, but good luck to you.
IC to unit secretary

You brought up some excellent points!  Since you have done both US and MT, you definitely would say that you prefer the MT over the unit secretary? 


Thanks for your input!!

IC to medical secretary
Thanks everyone for your input.  I have a lot to consider and you all have been a great help. 
zero ego, high IQ. awkward combo.

yes it is but i have tried EVERYTHING to no avail. only this combo works for me. nm
I agree with Former Unit Secretary sm
Great job, learned a hell of lot, meds,diseases, etc., but I worked days and weekends, notoriously busy,busy,busy, and saw a lot that I just didn't like. Staff personalities are really much worse behind the nursing station than they are on the floor, believe me.  Got tired of getting reamed by doctors who thought I was the nurse just because I answered the phone. I never had as much problem with IBS as I did then. If anything went wrong, a med order, lab order, whatnot, it fell on my shoulders. You need a tough skin to work days, nights might be easier, who knows. My skin thinned out faster with that job than 13 years of prednisone usage did. Good luck
When I used this combo, we had this problem. IT had to replace Citrix with something else.
They had to do a lot of tweaking, and they were somewhat resistant. They had trouble understanding that letters need to appear immediately ... or sooner.

You can get a combo wireless AND plug in router sm
Linksys makes one and even Walmart has them. I would not go wireless for MT because it is too slow. If you have, say, a wireless laptop that you want to sit on the couch and play with or take to the bedroom or whatever, having a dual router is convenient. You still want to MT on a plug in Ethernet cord.

They are very easy to set up. Linksys has instructions and I have never had a problem. You don't really need to tell you cable company, they aren't going to know or care. Your modem has a set speed and having a router will not increase that speed. Routers make a kind of virtual partition of cable signals. If you have a 112 modem like we can get where I live, you'll find yourself very slowed down. I go up 2 notches and have a 512 speed cable modem and when my kids are here and they all plug into the router to play games over the internet, I can still MT because the signal is pretty fast (well okay until they piggyback another router and hook up 8 computers for a LAN party).
Whether or not to leave IC MT job for unit secretary job at hospital???

HELP, PLEASE!!! I am currently an IC, which I have been for eight years, and I recently applied for a nursing unit secretary position at the local hospital.  I interviewed and who would have guessed it, they offered me the job.  The position is third shift, 7pm to 7am three nights a week.  I do have little kids to think of when considering this.  My ultimate goal is to go to nursing school and I am thinking that  working in the hospital will be good experience.  I don't know if it will be easier to go to nursing school while working as an MT or as a unit secretary.   I am having a hard time deciding what to do.  I don't know if I would be better off staying put even though I have no motivation to sit down and type or should I take this chance to do something new.  Like with any new job I am afraid that I won't like it but I don't particularly care for this current job.   What do you think would be the better move?  I know you can't make my decision for me but some input on what you would do in my situation would be helpful.  Any advice is truly appreciated. 


MT goes unit secretary ... check out my story!
Ive been an MT for 13 years. I was an IC for 10 years, and a FTE for a local hospital for the last 3 years. I came back from vacation in June to discover my lovely boss was interviewing companies to outsource the MT department. He lied to us - told us not to worry - and then a month later our union received the '60 day notice' letter and we were out on our assess. I took a job as a unit secretary - and a $5 an HOUR paycut along with it, working 3-11 and alternate weekends. Am I crazy to do this. Well yes and no. I'm keeping my awesome union benefits, building toward being vested in 2 more years, and just landed an IC MT job doing guess what: MY OLD JOB. The company that outsourced us hired me. I plan to rake in the bucks in the AM and do the b.s. job at night. 3-11 is half the work as a day job - plus you get the shift differential. Wish me luck ! Joanne
Probably medical records or unit secretary
In my area the pay is about 50 cents less an hour than MT seems like a gravy job compared to this.
Look in your area for medical secretary jobs
get a chance to transcribe.  You have to understand that a lot of MT's are wanting to work from home.  The ones with the experience are the ones that will most likely get the positions before someone fresh out of school.  Even though some students do better than others, this field still takes the experience.  You can't really blame the companies, it is their loss when you can't produce because of lack of experience, and I do not mean this in an unkind way.  Think about it though if you were offer a job with benefits... who would you choose?  The one with the experience right?  I know it is such a catch-22, but I guess the training institutes do not clue you in on this part.  I agree with the other posters, try to get a small local account for yourself and do not set your expectations too high at first.  You'll gain experience and self-confidence. 
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33, Medical Secretary Degree, graduated in 1999
Take at home transcription job or unit secretary job at hospital?
I've been an MT for 12 years and have worked at home doing MT for 10 years. Recently got replaced by EMR so had to find work elsewhere. I took a job at a local hospital as a unit secretary working 3-11 now I have been offered a job with a national transcription company. I'm not sure if I should go back to transcribing since the line count/money making potential has me worried. I've been assured that I will never run out of work but I'm worried that I will actually be working longer than the 8 hour shift in order to make the amount of money I need. I would love to be back home with my kids typing again as I miss not seeing them as much as I used to and they want me to be home. I am just not sure if I should stay in a job at the hospital which has a guaranteed amount of money per pay period since I'm being paid by the hour and not by the line where my paycheck can vary. Any thoughts/suggestions/opinions, recommendations out there? Any and all would be greatly appreciated!!

Another one from back when it wasn't an insult to be called Secretary

I actually went to a secretarial program at the local technical school.  AND I learned Gregg shorthand, but haven't thought about that in a number of years.  Boy are you all bringing back memories.

Now everyone is an administrative assistant.  Secretary is much easier to say.

Yep, I say a combo suit with the landscapers! And the baby pool owner!!

Tessier's is great! Used in combo with the Sted's Ortho and you're good! nm
Instant Text and Stedman's are compatible. Not sure of any combo products that would work.
Unit secretary will help somewhat with terms, meds, and learning the flow of the shift, but it won&#
Any QA positions that pay well out there, please say!
I work for a rather large company and the pay is pretty bad.  You have to beg for a raise and are ignored half the time.  It's pathetic.  Anybody know of any good companies for a QA Editor (companies that pay more than 14 something an hour?)
I wonder why they have so many positions
They OVER HIRE on the accounts. Been sitting here for days with almost no work -yet for some reason they have so many openings. I have even asked to be but on a different account/position/shift - anything to keep consistent work flow and still nothing. FED UP.
other positions
I have found that those "other" managerial positions are being taken over by non-MTs, so theres no way you can "move" yourself up into one of these. Supervisor is another one of those less qualified positions and more of an administrative job, doing scheduling and other administrative duties that I have looked into and pay a whole lot less than what you would expect for these "titles." As far as doing QA I would talk to a manager or someone in your company and let them know you are interested. I started out doing a half and half combo MT/editing. My supervisor approached me to do this, so I would say your best bet would be to sharpen your skills as an MT. Learn how to do the foreign accented dictators, know your grammar and basic guides that your company has set forth. It never hurts to talk around and let your ambitions be known. Some companies pay by line but there are still a good many who pay per hour. I have come across many well paying hourly or salaried positions on the job seekers board. Good luck to you!
MT positions

Does anyone else with 20+ years experience get upset when they see jobs that advertise for 6 and 7 cpl?? the advertisers think that is so great. We are back in the 80s with these prices and No I am not going to count my blessings this time. They charge these facilities a lot more now than they used to and want to pay us less with no benes.  Okay I vented, thanks.

And more and more IC positions

that certainly look like they should really be employees, with demanding platform, times of day, and pay.... It's a sad state of affairs.....

If you appy, do not expect anything in return and work your schedule as an IC?????  Nope!  See ya!  LOL

Is it 11 o'clock position or 11:00 position?  Which is the corrent way to type that?
Mandatory OT?? Is this for FT and PT positions?? nm
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Duh! There are IC positions posted all over
It is possible to be an IC while working for a service. You might want to get your smarty pants facts straight before offering your smart (dumb) remarks.
Those positions that she named must be the ones she really
There are no in-house positions where I am. Everything
People with non-MT positions

If you work at medical transcription company but as QA, manager, team lead, coordinator, etc., do you have a set amount of hours you work each day and are done, or do you find yourself working more hours than your shift?

In-house positions sm
An in-house position is a rarity these days as everything in volume is being sent out to India. Depending on your experience, I would jump at the chance to work in-house to gain experience. However, if you've been doing it for years and they want to give you minimum wage, that's different, then you have to be choosy. It all depends on your personal situation, i.e., do you need a babysitter, health care, etc., etc. Too many variables to give an educated answer. Perhaps you would hate working from home and love to get out, so it all depends on many things, not always about the money or the benefits (which are big bucks).
Applying for IC positions
I was an employee of a large national for 8-1/2 years.  They provided the whole PC and set-up.  I've never been an IC.  Is there any point in applying for IC jobs if I've never been one?  I have a PC with a temp version of Word 2007 and antivirus software, but that's it.  No footpedals.  TIA. 
management/supervisory positions
Thanks so much.  I am definitely a people-oriented person, think my communication skills are good, and I loved when we were able to give more feedback/teaching to transcriptionists when I was a QA person (they later cut out giving feedback to MTs because they wanted us to up our production as QA personnel).  I absolutely would NOT miss the keyboard as I often feel chained to it and just bored stiff and burned out.  I'm a very organized person so I guess those things would be pluses.   Thanks for mentioning the types of college courses to look into as I was thinking of completing my bachelor's degree anyway - I'm halfway there so it wouldn't be too difficult.  I thought business administration would be a good major or even health information management (although I thought business would be better as it offers a broader range of opportunity, I would think).  The only problem is I almost never see jobs advertised for supervisory/management positions at transcription companies so they might be few and far between.  Oh well, at least I know what is entailed.  Another poster stated the pay was not any better than transcribing if you are a good producer.  Any more feedback on that aspect of things would be much appreciated.
I based pay rates on positions I have
been offered in the past 6 months.  Sure there are lots who pay less and some who pay more. 
For those "Indenpendent Contractor" positions...
For U.S. MTs and U.S. MT companies, here are the basic U.S. Dept of Labor definitions of who is and is not an "Independent Contractor":javascript:editor_insertHTML('text','');


I don't know what supervisory positions consist of. You tell me what a supervisor does so I know
Thanks in advance.

PS: I do mean an at-home supervisor like the ones I deal with.
MY QUESTION TOO...I don't even see that they are offering SE positions in this new plan.

I just got the memo dated Sept 2

I have read it 3 times

I do not see the words STATUTORY EMPLOYEE anywhere

I am assuming they are doing away with that position???????

Anybody know?

and if so why am I scurring around trying to buy a computer to

accommodate their new platform as an SE when they are only hiring

EMPLOYEES.........who they provide computers to

they supposedly have open positions - and have them for quite a few years - sm
In fact, now they are offering relocation. However, as one who has 18 years experience, with an EXTENSIVE AND EXTREMELY impressive background, I was told that "I did not have enough experience." I was told that I live too far away and that unless I live there I could not be considered. So I happened to be in Arizona, about 4 miles from them, told them I was relocating, and they still told me I did not have enough experience.

By the way, my experience ranges from working for at least 4 of the top 10 hospitals in the US, all kinds of surgical procedures that one very rarely transcribes, transcribing of rare diseases, transcribing for physicians who do clinical trials for European drugs - so I do have quite an extensive background. Apparently just not enough for them.

Over the years, I have known quite a few people to apply for the positions, and all of them have received the same responses - "not enough experience."
some QA editor/auditor positions at higher pay may (sm)
require the CMT credential.  And I agree with the previous responder; there are companies who offer higher line rates to CMTs.
those are ads for recruiting - not traveling transcription positions
Kforce put the ads out to attract travelers. I worked for Kforce for 2 years. It was up and down with the work. My health insurance would get cancelled 10 days after an assignment ended, unless Kforce had another assigment to go to immediately. There were times I did not have for up to 3 months. There is always good and bad with a job. Unfortunately, I needed something steady and with insurance, so this wasn't for me.
nuther question about interviewing - this one about MT positions (sm)
I have been working at home for the past 13 years.  Went from working in the hospital (next to the morgue in the basement - isn't that where all the Med. Rec. departments are?) to an at-home position with the same hospital to an at-home position with a national company.  The dress code of the MTs still in the hospital is very lax (to the point where flip-flops are allowed and no stockings!).  When I interviewed 25 years ago I wore a suit, stockings, etc.  Once I had the job I relaxed to pants, stockings, and casual shirt/sweater but never flip-flops.  What are you all wearing on job interviews these days?  I'd be inclined (possibly) to wear a pant suit rather than skirt or dress only because that's not who I am - I'm a casual pants and shirt type of person but would put on the pants suit for the interview.  However, since I've been out of the loop for so long, are dresses and skirts still the norm for job interviews? 
I have held all the positions I mentioned without having an RHIT.
She was asking for ideas. I gave her some.

Maybe it was tough for you but it doesn't have to be for her. :)