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No, for all the reasons you mentioned.

Posted By: sm on 2008-10-13
In Reply to: AAMT (informal poll) - equineluvr

for those same reasons, i refuse to be a member, though i too was originally. AKA AAMT is like congress today, self-serving, not representing "the people."

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Give professional reasons why you deserve it, not personal reasons
I stayed for many reasons and while those reasons have changed - sm

I loved MT because I was good at it and it came naturally to me.  Typing, language, etc.  The perks of working from home and being able to raise my family were a huge plus.  I stayed because in the hayday of MT you could make really good money really fast (2500 lpd @ $0.15 cpl). 

I stayed while my children were young and I could be available for them.  I stayed so I could return to school and have that flexible schedule to juggle everything once the kids grew  older.  I stayed full-time and cut school back to half time so I could take care of my ailing parents and inlaws when the time arose.   

I continue to stay because I still need to finish school (3 semesters to go) and unfortunately my DH is ill and needs someone to care for him now.  I stay because it is convenient, but I do not plan to stay forever. 

I sure miss the big money days, but what money I make now is sufficient enough to pay my bills.  It is a means to an end so to speak and it has been a godsend along the way.  But I in no way plan to stay at it forever.  It served and continues to serve a purpose, but it is no longer what I "love" to do. 

you mentioned everything you could
think of except the pay.  How IS the pay??? 
I should have mentioned...
I get paid by the report! ARGH!!!! Its weird how most MT's get paid by the line and hence love long reports while those of us paid by report LOVE short reports! We have this one new doc who never says more than a sentence or two at the most unless its a CT or MRI, in which case he says four or five sentences....love it!
Actually, as mentioned below
I have worked for MQ, twice! Before and after DQS. As I said, it's up to whomever as to how they want to count lines (divisor, footers, headers, numbers, spaces, symbols, etc). It is not DQS - It is DocQmanage, which runs DQS!
Did you see SE or IC mentioned

I didn't.

So if they don't address me I don't pay attention.

And all they addressed in that letter was Full time and Part time employees.

Looks like somebody else mentioned this above. sm
I keep an eye on it when I transcribe since I've changed it in my expander, but haven't yet run into the cc in combination with prostate, but I'm sure it'll happen.
I don't think anybody mentioned
Harrison Ford -- I love his movies.  One of my favorites is Regarding Henry.
It had nothing to do with what you mentioned
and I will NOT post it, it's just too nasty.
to add to what the others have mentioned ... sm
If you charge a gross line, you might consider how many characters/spaces possible you wish your gross line to be made up of. For instance, if your font is New Times Roman 12, your possible characters per line will be less than if it were New Times Roman 10. And if your margins are 1 inch, that's a whole heck of a lot of typing to make up a line in New Times Roman 12. My gross lines are made up of a *possible* 65 spaces/characters per gross line, no matter what font/size they see. If you go this route, gross line and calculate this way, make sure your clients understand how you are charging so you don't have any conflicts.
No I just mentioned RP because
there was a dramatic difference. It made me wonder if there was something better than ES to play dictation with.
yes...but I should have mentioned...

That I do primarily VR.  I just bought an ergonomic keyboard (MIcrosoft) and while I think I would get used to it at some point, I'm not sure it's the best choice for someone who does 95% VR.  So actually I need thoughts on this as I am pretty much hating this new design and am working on my old one.


You can say that again. Sorry I mentioned it.
Ok, I should have mentioned.....
it would be working for the SAME company, not two jobs, just my one job, but working here in my own state most of the time and then for 2 weeks every few months or so in another state. I know it wouldn't be my employer's business if I were to get another job at the different company.

I was wondering if I had to let my employer know that I would be working from a different state now and again.
You also mentioned that

you are new to the game, so I thought I might recommend some good quality headset earphones.  I found them yesterday and fell in love with them immediately.  I've had a lot of earphones trying to find just the right fit. Nike Vapor adjustable sport headphones.  might check with www.philips.com  They have 3-way adjustments and the sound quality is magnificent! Can you tell I am sick of bad quality earphones?  :)
have a good experience instead of bad.  Its a long haul if you choose this as a career and you have to take care of yourself.

I don't know if this has already been mentioned here, but
on the other job board, there was a job listed that wanted 10 years experience!!! Good luck with that one...
Have you mentioned to them...
that you would like to visit them more often but it will require them having internet service?  Being the type of work that we do, you have the option to travel anywhere and still work as long as you have a pc/internet service...just as you explained it to us, have you explained it to them in that fashion?  How much will it cost for you to get internet service?  A friend of mines visited me and she had a lap top with an air card and.  she told me that if someone near you has a satelite that you could tap into (not stealing) but somehow you would be able to tap into their service provider and get internet service.  Speak to someone about how the air card works?
Like you mentioned, there are many
variables. I was told by the person who trained me that average is about 3-4 times the length of the dictation. Usually, clinic work is pretty easy, and with the same docs all the time, etc., it could very well take less time. Of course, with poor sound quality or difficult dictators, etc., it could take longer.
just try to help him be sure its for the right reasons
You have to let kids this age make some decisions, even wrong ones, and live with the consequences. But i would just try to get the dialog going, find out why it isn't 'fun'...personally, i feel if the desire is gone -- he won't play well anyway. Ultimately, his is one decision i'd let him have.
Many many many reasons
Too many to type...just believe me...
My 2 reasons...

I love my husband because:

1.  He's thougtful...calls or emails me several times a day.

2.  After almost 20 years together, he still gives me chills when he walks in the door after work.

There are so many more reasons why, but you said 2...


my reasons
1. He knows me better than anyone else on the planet after knowing me for 27 years and being married for 23 and SILL loves and accepts me! :-)

2. I always feel that "everything will work out" if he tells me so.
there are many reasons - sm
I know of two hospitals that had decided to completely outsource their transcription to a well known large national service. Their reason was that they could not find transcriptionists in their area. Two years later, both hospitals let the service go and decided to go back with in house transcription. There were many reasons behind that decision.

I have a friend that works at a hospital in the midwest and says that the outsource service is costing the hospital more than if they had kept their staff. She had said that her hospital is in the process of hiring people to come back to work either at the hospital or, hopefully, at home.

The hospital I worked at could not find transcriptionists in the area, so they decided to outsource as well. Our boss didn't make it a secret that the service was charging them $45,000 MONTH. That was more than if our whole staff was working 10 hours of overtime a week/per transcriptionist. So our boss is looking into hiring transcriptionists that live within a 2 hour driving radius to work from home after a week of training in our hospital and paying for them to stay in a hotel.

Sometimes it is not cost effective to outsource. Sometimes the service is really bad and the hospital does not want to continue to pay for the errors. There could be other reasons, but those are ones that I can think of off the top of my head.
Which, among other reasons, is why I would -
My reasons...
Well, Pattie, I have been doing this for 25 years. I am 50 years old. I am good at it. I want to work at home. I am reluctant to leave my chosen field at this stage in my life.

I could not have predicted, when I obtained my MT training, that this field would take such a nosedive in pay. Obviously I would have chosen another field had I known.

As you get older, you are more reluctant to train in a new field.
My reasons...

for stick with MT and even coming back after a couple of absences:

1. I love the work. It satisfies my need to be in the medical field (quit nursing school way back when - bonehead move on my part!) without having to go back to school or actually deal with people too much.
2. My husband is disabled and my boys are teenagers. If I worked outside the home in another field, I'd be spending everything I made on paying someone to take care of things at home.
3. I really like the company I'm with. Been with 'em now for about 4 years and have loved nearly every minute of it.
4. I'm too old (44) and set in my ways to retrain in a new field and get used to dealing with office politics again.
5. The money that maybe I'm NOT making, I'm also not spending on gas, clothes, lunches, etc. that are part of working outside the home.
6. Did I already say I love the field?

Well, 2 reasons. 3 really.

1)  That seemed to be what everyone was hiring for.

2)  I hoped to make more money that way.

3)  After being an MT for 14+ years, I had a lot of confidence in my abilities as a transcriptionist.  Honestly, I didn't realize how much I didn't know.  I feel like a dang newb again

Several reasons ... sm
1) May be checking to see if you have previous employment history with them under different name.

2) May be doing some type of credit/background check.

You know I will definitely pass these along. Some people just think you are being racist because you state the obvious and because you show such bitterness towards these people. Look at what they cost our country. Do you know how much crime these people bring here? The diseases? Do some research. They don't have proper vaccines over there. I mean think about it these are poor 3rd word people from an uncililized culture apparently. How can 3rd world culture merge into 1st world culture smoothly. It can't and it won't. They will never smoothly transition to the American culture because they do not want to.
And people can say well what about all the European immigrants many years ago? Well guess what? They wanted to be American so bad that they learned the English language and worked hard. They wanted to be AMERICAN. They did not expect Americans to transition for them they were willing to transition to our culture. These uncivilized vultures basically come here and they come here for one reason only: money and all they can get for nothing. They come here to work but they also abuse our social services to the utmost degree. I have seen on news programs where they will come over here and fly their Mexican flags. And you know how they fly the American flag? Upside down. Oh yes I have seen it on TV. I have seen them trying to burn the American flag. I don't care if it cost a trillion dollars this country needs to send every one of these people back to Mexico. Our country would be a whole lot better for it. We don't need this filth and crime in our nation. We are better than that. I am sorry if this offends some poeple but it is so true and sometimes the truth just hurts. That is what is wrong with our country today. Poeple tiptoe around the truth. Lets dont offend anyone! Well hey I say state the obvious. Tell it like it is.

I answered your question above where you posted it as well.  I must have misunderstood your post, as it seemed that you were challenging me.  But, I was just trying to say that I don't want to debate the fact as to whether or not the queue is shuffled, cause I see it happen.  I don't know their reasons, but this new shuffling maneuver only happens on one account that I work on there, and it just began about 5 weeks ago.  It is really difficult for me to get a decent line count now, as all of the reports that I get are laborious since the reports that I find to be easiest are always being shuffled to the bottom of the pool.  I understand that it is not a prison and that my only option is to get out the kitchen if I can't stand the heat.

I would think that those reasons
are given as opposed to unexplained weight loss, disease process, etc. 
Three reasons...
1. It's good for a company to provide upward pathways for their people.

2. Some accounts can be very complex and require the QA to have prior experience with different special worktypes and/or exposure to certain dictators, etc.

3. There are many things you learn about an MT over the course of their employment that you will never learn from interviewing and even testing a new applicant, however experienced they may be. Unfortunately, our litigious society has rendered reference-checking practically useless, and you will never be able to test any applicant across the full range of dictation that you see coming in from your MT's every day.
There could be several reasons.

1.  A lot of companies are hiring and do overhire to get their backlog down.  Once their backlog is caught up, they weed out. They don't have to let people go, they can manipulate their queue until they quit.   And please don't say this isn't true because one of my ex-friends who was a production manager actually told me this.

2.  Benefits are based on production.  If management can hire a lot of people, they can produce a lot for their clients, they still get the same bottom dollar.  Yet, if the queues or servers are controlled, they can avoid overhead on benefits if production quotas are not met. 

3.  Why pay domestic employees 7 or 8 cpl when they can pay offshore MTs 3 or 4 cpl?  They still have the same amount of production and still make the bottom dollar, yet they can control where the reports are going and who is getting them. 

It all comes down to bottom dollar to management and owners.  They can control whatever and whomever to achieve their goals.  Not all companies are like this, but it is becoming more and more common.

That is why I mentioned the supplements...
If you are healthy, from the inside, I think it shows on the outside...

One of my favorite female performing artists is Emmy-Lou Harris:  She is also stunning, for her age.  She is a natural beauty, who when she was quite young was a beauty queen, but I have noticed the last few years she is doing what I see a lot of older women do, just as you mentioned, dressing a little too 'hip', too much makeup. 

A lot of her appeal was her no makeup look, long straight hair, and jeans, in my opinion.  With her gray hair now she is even more drop-dead stunning, only I wish she would not dress so 'loudly' - not that she is anywhere NEAR what you are talking about - haha...

Ick - I know exactly what you mean with some of these women...  classic 'change of life' symptoms... 

In all fairness, though, the advertising market knows just how to do this to women - and they are merciless with 'telling' women how to look, and changing the style every week so they can make huge mounds of money...

Another 'trend' I see more and more is older women with much younger guys...  Yikes, for me, I am terrified already of losing a man to someone younger, imagine he is in his 30s (his prime), she in her 50-60s (menopause, hair brittle, spots on your body, tired, mood swings, etc etc - no need to go there, smile) and he is surrounded by these 18-20-somethings who are completely aggressive and thrill-seeking (with aspirations of being strippers and prostitutes from how they look)...ya think???  Are these relationships solid?  I imagine a few are based on real emotional/love, but...what a trip!

If you have mentioned within the Post
that it's in-office position, no worries. Board is for every sort of Jobs. I have seen many on-site and hospital jobs on this board before.
Each of the companies you mentioned
per year -- I am certain that Equifax does, and believe the others do also. They will charge about $8.00 for subsequent reports within a year. I believe consumers now have a right to access their credit scores as well, but I do not think this can be done for free. I would inquire with these companies as they should have the info. on that. Anyway, you will at least know from the free reports whether there is anything negative that you need to clear up.
I think the FREQUENTLY mentioned ones
if you'll check are the ones who are talked about on this board quite often. The good ones are only talked about infrequently, that's the only point I got out of this whole thing. Can anyone name 1 company that called them after a month and offered them ANY raise at all. I'm interested if anyone can. I only know from my own experience that I only get raises when asked and have only had 2 in almost 10 years and they weren't more than 1/2 cent, so I think the author of that is correct in their viewpoint.
Expunging is the best bet, as mentioned below. sm

It may depend upon the type of felony, but a friend of mine had a felony DUI, but he straightened his life out, and after 5 years was able to have it expunged from his records.  His attorney told him that for all intents and purposes, he could then say "no" when asked if he had been convicted of a felony, unless it had to do with the military or top government type jobs. 

The law may vary from state to state, but it would probably be in your best interest to check it out.

Good luck!   

When this was mentioned last week, I went to sm
Amazon and read reviews on it. Some people raved about it, but others claimed it was garbage. Too much hiss.
I have all the same issues you mentioned as well.
I guess everyone else is thrilled with the new version or just does not use it? May be my last year wasting my money with them unless I hear they have made dramatic improvements for next year.
I am glad you mentioned this
as many people often glorify having their own accounts/ own business. Been there/done that and I learned that the most important thing to me is the freedom and ease of taking time off without all the worries. To each her own, I guess :)
Maybe she had that typist mentioned below...
You know, the "slapping pooperectomy" one?!    Still kills me!     
I am about midway between yours and the one you mentioned. sm
do you speed up the docs you have been doing? i do have one doc i have done for about 2 yrs and i can do his speed at 225% because i know him so well. i average about $45/hr on his work. i find the faster i have the speech going, the faster i work/type. do you have Expanders with sentences/phrases or just words here and there? i have entire sentences and paragraphs that are frequently used.
No one has mentioned neurology...
I love neurology, psych, ortho...okay, just about everything but ophthalmology. ER is fun too...get the drunks and crazies...
your very welcome. you mentioned the other gal was hired sm
so she could possibly take some home to do it so i thought well why can't you take some home too, at least temporarily until you are better healed with your feet. you could put in 4 in-house, go home and then late that evening maybe put in another 4. i think breaking up your time at the computer into some sort of split shift would be the best thing for you and your feet. but do check into the requirements (maybe not asking the lady over you as she seems to not want to work with you). it typically is not 40 hours at all places.
Not the OP, but you had me there until you mentioned clicking.
Dont you think dr would have mentioned that if
He would have mentioned it so it was clear it
Yep, I mentioned my other job quite a few times
I work for an insurance company doing accident transcripts. In fact, that's what I'm doing tonight.
MT needs to be mentioned or else we go unnoticed again.....
We have been in the basement with no windows long enough. 
I think the MT business needs to be mentioned...
but maybe not the entire jest of the letter. Like a poster below said, if it's not mentioned, we'll go unnoticed again. A lot of people don't realize their records are being sent out of this country. I'm going to do some research before doing a letter, but I'm hoping to find some info regarding how many MT jobs are being sent overseas, just as a part of the overall number. I think it will come out that we actually are a big part of the grand scheme of things and it is a big deal - regarding jobs and security.