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Well, you're all complaining that accounts are current and work is low, so, gee, maybe they're

Posted By: MQMT on 2005-07-11
In Reply to: It took six months to compile the results of the survey/questionairre - Too funny

focusing on WORK, as in CLIENT and transcribing, as maybe half of you should be focusing on!!

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    Nothing at all, glad you're NOT complaining which what most people come here to do.
    Chill in that you're all complaining and whining here, which is getting you NO where fast! Plus i
    just soooooo tiresome to hear it 24/7. Again, its been going on forever. Period. And I assume you are referring to MQ, and then go on to imply how the service who treats their MTs right will have the most MTs, or whatever. Well, MQ has about 10K at any given moment!  Unethical to route work as you see fit?  Never!  That's the ropes! Some MTs just take everything soooooo personally.  Its not good for their mental health, literally.  Hey, I get a run of 10 reports from a great dictator whom I haven't heard in, say, 6 months, I just type them and move on! Perhaps I pause a microsecond to think, Hmmmm...he hasn't been around much, but glad he's here now!  To hear these whining complaining MTs, they just sit there and start plotting how this doctor got to their pool, where he's been in the interim, and its ALWAYS Indian MTs as the scapegoat, or the cherry pickers, or the VR got all the "good stuff".  They never just accept that its just THE WAY IT IS.  The roll of the dice - the MTs on line before them or with them - why does it always have to be something other than just fate?  Its so reflective of an unhappy persona, and its so self defeating.  Type it and be happy, or get another job! 
    You're wonderful, Current MT. ;) If I forget to tell you SM
    tomorrow, go ahead and give yourself a big pat on the back. You deserve it. And don't forget to remind yourself now and then that what you do is necessary and always take satisfaction in doing it well.

    You know, people at our end also don't spend a lot of our busy time telling "them" how important they are, either, after all. If they do something nice for us, we probably don't even know it, much less say thanks, and they have to keep reminding themselves also. Have a nice one.
    Yes, and on some accounts we're not even

    allowed to make complete sentences.  On our verbatim accounts if the doctor dictates something like patient to OR, under GA, 3-cm incision, that's exactly how we have to type it. 

    Back in the day we would never consider that appropriate for a medical document that may some day have to be used in a court of law.  But, lately we have to just throw all common sense out the window and type what they want.  It sure does hurt the line count, but even worse, it hurts the profession in that it seems we're not allowed to use our brains...just type. 

    You're right on all accounts! I started sm

    taping it every day since Cassie died but I haven't watched it in a few days becuase Nick and Phyllis just make me sick.  I don't really see Brad and Victoria together.  They don't seem to click, you know?  I can't stand Colleen so I've just stopped watching it altogether. 



    well, of course you make more with your own accounts cuz you're not employee
    yeah, pretty much what we're saying, accounts set the rules
    over anthing else. If JC says something to them - they will let us know.

    For Pete's sake, you're not terminating a pregnancy, you're just typing a report after the
    It's already been done before you even hear about it, and NOTHING changes regardless of whether you or someone else types it. Sheesh.
    It's not funny when you're on a board where language is one skill you're selling.
    Hope you're gonna have a glass of wine while you're relaxing

    in your spa goodies. Congrats!

    If you're experienced, try for 9cpl or higher, and you're lucky to get that! nm
    Skip it. No one cares. Either you're good on the test or you're not.
    You're probably right. Plus we're losing our percentage of good people by .... (sm)
    allowing every loser from every 3rd world country on the planet to just stroll on into our country, some legally, most illegally, and take advantage of the social services all us hard working little gerbils pay for by having money taken out of our pay every month. But I don't think we're all lazy. Just the ones on permanent welfare driving around town in brand-new Cadillac Escalades. Saw one just today on the Bayshore Fwy. Brand-new black Escalade with expensive spinner wheels, with 5 or 6 Mexicans in it. Well, who knows - maybe they stole it and it was on its way to a chop-shop. Smart-and-hungry people aren't always hard-working and honest.
    You're not going to find a word expander for free. You're going to have to pay
    You're lucky they work for you. I've never gotten a refill to work right, ever.
    You're forgetting all the stuff you can't buy when you're UNEMPLOYED!
    Unemployed people have a hard time buying anything, including cheaply made offshore products. How many will have to end up depending on public assistance? That means more tax dollars being eaten up - besides the taxes NOT being collected from the overseas workers. In the long run, are you really enjoying a lower price?
    If you're on the job, ask for samples to do it how they want it. If you're testing, separate o
    You're not losing it, you're burned out on your main job.
    I feel for you... I am having my own "version" ;-) of these kinds of struggles. Lots of recent changes at the admin level have made my job do a 180, going from a really great one to a really crappy one.

    For me, it's a struggle to get through the day with a shred of motivation. I get distracted in the way you discuss as well.

    I just try to make my environment as comfortable as possible and make the best of it while I decide what the best way is to deal with the burnout... I figure if I can't change my inner brain workings so that I still like this job, I need to find another one, or this feeling will possibly get worse!

    I hope it works out for you. Wish I had some better advice for you, but this really does look like burnout and extreme job dissatisfaction to me. We all wear it differently. Try to be good to yourself while you figure out a solution.

    Don't know what you're complaint you're making with this post. sm

    You stated in your original post that you don't want to work weekends or odd shifts. What is your definition of an odd shift?  Second shift?  Third shift?  Sounds like you want to work M-F on days.  Sounds kind of rigid to me. 

    Personally I like second shift, so everyone working days means more work for me! 

    You're 100% right! And where we work - (sm)
    (and what we wear!) should have NO bearing whatsoever on whether or not we're considered 'professionals'.

    I think the reason the MT industry has gotten out of the hands of MTs and hospitals, and into the hands of plain old businessmen, is because, since we're a mostly 'invisible' workforce, they could see countless cracks and loopholes they could take advantage of when it came to cheating the workers (and the laws in this country) and making more profit for themselves.

    I caught something on TV last night speaking about the "equal value" laws some states have, when it comes to the disparity between men's and women's pay. Certain jobs were awarded point systems to determine their worth to an employer. One example was secretaries (women) vs. the building's heating/AC/etc. maintenance workers (mostly men). They each were worth 100 points. Yet the men made twice what the women did, and worked fewer hours on average.

    Considering what MTs are expected to know (especially according to AHDI/AAMT), I wonder what our point-value would be compared to, say - a paralegal, or a paramedic, or an executive secretary, etc. (Probably not the best comparisons, but all I can think of at the moment). The only difference between us and them is where we work. They're on-site & highly visible; we are off-site and totally invisible. (How many of us have ever even met our bosses or supervisors face-to-face? Very few, indeed). But does that make an MT worth less? NO. Only in the eyes of the tunnel-visioned doctors, dictating away and aware only of their own jobs, or the hospital CEOs trying to bolster their own worth to their institutions by cutting transcription costs (many of them don't even quite know what transcription even IS), and worst of all, the owners of large MTSO's, who in large part these days are simply businessmen or women who bought the company because they felt they could turn a huge profit with it by underpaying its workers, and most of whom have never been an MT a single day in their lives.
    I think you're all wrong. It's all about getting the work done
    for the hospital in the fastest time possible and my company doesn't care if I do it or if you do it (if you worked for us) or if someone else does it, just get it done for the client. So complain as you like, find somewhere else to work if you need, but get the work done. That's the bottom line.
    Look at what you're using now as far as ports for work. sm
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    I just bought off lease a Dell and made sure it had all the ports I wanted, including a parallel port because that's the foot pedal I have. The laptop was built in 2002, has over 1 gig of RAM, all the updates for Windows XP and it works just fine for me.
    I understand what you're going through. I work both myself. sm
    I have been IC for several years, and thought I might go back to employee for benefits.  But I found the insurance was so high, and the pay was not as good, so I work both part time now.  The bottom line is, I can't give up the freedom I've had in the last several years.  I am given so much work in the morning, and have all day to finish it, and I love this system.  I tried to set a schedule for my part-time employee job, thinking I would like to go to full time if it worked out.  But I had too much trouble making myself fit a schedule (they have offered to let me work when I can, so I'm still keeping the job, but if I can't do it right, I will quit).  Unfortunately, when you get used to IC, it is hard to fit back in a "box."  Maybe you could look for a company that would allow you some flexibility in your schedule, say an 8-hour window to work 6 hours.  If you have the experience, some companies will work with you that way.  I don't think IC is a dead end, it is just a little harder to manage.  But the benefits did not pan out.  I can get the insurance cheaper individually, the pay was lower so I could actually put a little back as an IC every pay period and take time off "paid."  The only thing I miss is what they pay for taxes (I think 7% or so), and having someone else do these things for me.  If you like IC as I do, try setting up your own retirement plan, getting your own insurance, and put a little back each pay period for some time off.  Good luck with your decision.
    You're RIGHT, & many of us *need* to work at home
    How does income tax work when you're IC?
    I was offered a position from a company as an IC, and the contract had a clause about being responsible for your own tax deductions, etc. As I have only ever been an employee, I am not entirely sure how this works. If you are IC how do you pay taxes? Thanks!
    You're lucky. I get lots of work but have

    You're right! I wouldn't work for a company that SM
    expected me to surf all over the world just because some prima donna didn't want to be bothered with proper dictation.
    I work for a national, and we're allowed
    Any program will work if you stick with it and it's NOT what you're doing right now. nm
    Depends on where you work and how you're paid
    It depends on what kind of work you're doing..sm...

    If you're doing clinic work, you would need the book that pertains to your clinic.  I'd also recommend a Stedman's Abbreviations, acronyms & symbols.  I'd also recommend Sander's Pharmaceutical Book.  Other than that, I'd use Google and trustworthy websites. 


    You're right. Unfortunately, in some areas inhouse work is
    I keep hoping some sort of changes in U.S. laws may come to the rescue before it's too late, and the whole industry becomes offshore and automated. Because if that happens, there will be less and less reason to want to entrust one's care to an HMO.
    You're not under a rock, you're just like me... an adult with more to
    It's not because you're beautiful, it's because you're an IDIOT!
    Does that make it any clearer for you??




    Honey you're not being a shrew, you're being a
    I don't get it when husbands and wives *allow* the other to have money that THEY work for...just don't get it.  Go buy the flippin' keyboard and tell him to take a hike! (To put it sweetly!) 
    Why is it the only expander you're permitted to use? How would any know what you're using?


    They think they're smart to accept it, but they're
    If they're withholding taxes, you're not an IC.
    As an IC, you should already be paying taxes. That said, the only benefit having them withhold FICA is that your Social Security/Medicare share will be less. Social Security is 15%; if you're an employee, you pay 7.5% and your employer pays 7.5%. As an IC, you pay 15%. Doing the math, 0.0925 would be your 0.10 minus 7.5%--the 0.0924 is just a tad less than you're making now.
    We're out here (good MTs) but we're busy! sm
    I don't recall ever taking an employment test where I wasn't offered a job. My MTSO does not even look at my work unless I happen to have a question or a blank, which happens maybe once in every 30 or so reports with an ESL. If you find a really good MT, how much training would be involved? Certainly you would save time in the long run once they're trained and you don't have to check all their work.
    If you're one of the MTDesk clan then you're ok
    You're right if you're single it's tough.

    I am an IC as well, but I have a husband with benefits and makes a fair buck.  I am fortunate after 20 years to able to work from home.  I worked on site for 17 years with a "chocolate cake" the day I left.  Nothing more...  The loyalty in any profession is gone, gone, and gone again. 

    Most companies want new employees/ICs that will take low pay and that won't cost much in the way of paying vacation time.

    I do take every Friday off and try only to get on to check e-mail, etc. 

    However, I wouldn't trade being here for my kids at this point.

    There are headaches no matter what profession you are in.  It seems if it isn't one thing it's another. 

    Raises?  Out of the question in this profession since most are afraid they will lose the account including myself.  I also underbid my last account because I wanted the account so bad.  I should be charging more. 

    It is a neverending cycle really.

    But, I still enjoy the work, so I guess that's the difference.  It does take will power to sit and type.  Some people need that boss hanging around to keep the production up and the incentive of a nice paycheck is just not good enough.

    Good luck with your new job!  Sounds great! 

    If you're new, good - if you're not a newbie, not so hot
    Would need to know how long you have been an MT. For a newbie, this is a pretty good rate of speed.

    However, if you have anything over a couple years of experience, then this is not too hot.

    Also, what are the dictators like? Is it a "United Nations" account??

    If you ARE capable of 200 lph or more and you can't seem to get it, then the problem has got to be with the platform you are using. In my experience, the platform into which you transcribe can make or break your paycheck - so if the platform stinks, then I hate to tell you, but there is no way you will be able to improve your line rate. I have quit jobs because of awful platforms more than once.
    True. So then don't work. We're talking CHOICES here. nm
    No! And boy do I know where you're coming from! I tried to get the Olympus pedal to work, but..
    wound up pulling my hair out instead.  They don't make it easy on us, do they?!?!? 
    If you're so brilliant then, why aren't you in a better line of work?
    1. Surgeon.

    2. Attorney.

    3. College professor.

    oh, and yes, my brilliant one - what year exactly did you graduate with your Ph.D. from Harvard?

    So you use MCI for unlimited LD for work and they're fine with it? About how many minutes do you
    use per month, do you think?
    You're right about the "prehistoric" part! The place I used to work (sm)
    uses Lanier, and it's a mess. It's WORSE than prehistoric. It was down more than it was up. It was also not at all friendly for at-home MTs, either.
    They're not thrown to the dogs when they had no work to begin with!
    For Pete's sake, if you're too sick to work,
    call in sick!!
    This past week I've had chronic sinus drainage and a nagging,constant cough that has kept me up most of the night. Felt okay during the day,(although typing speed decreased significantly).Was able to take cat naps off and on during the day to make up for lack of sleep, otherwise,I wouldn't have hesitated to take a day or two off.
    If I'm "really" sick,I call in for a sick day without hesitation!!
    You're rude. That being said... Some people just work alone for a couple doctors and don't