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but if the same scenario you describe existed 30 years ago, you would not know because

Posted By: sex offenders were not registered then. (nm) on 2005-07-05
In Reply to: we are not just talking about it more, there is more of it today -- - sm


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    Wow, I never knew that existed!
    At least you were spared 35 or more years of that "monthly" stuff!!!
    It never existed, looool

    It existed this morning and nothing "bad" was said that I know of, sm

    but I have been gone most of the day, so maybe it turned ugly.  I contributed to the thread, but do not recall saying anything rude or nasty to anyone.  Oh well ...........

    Happy Friday! 

    The double standard existed before
    we got involved, i.e. they supposedly have more education and certainly make more money than we do, so why should we be expected to not only be perfect, but to fix their mistakes too??
    I did not know such a thing existed. Shows what I know...nm
    Thanks! I had no idea this existed. It is wonderful.
    It beats the heck out of the BOS as far as clarity.
    In this scenario..sm
    I would venture taking a guess at one hour of typing per 10 minutes of dictation. I can do 2 hours of dictation in about 12 hours of typing, and that is with knowing my doctors and using expanders. This may take longer with it being a meeting type format and probably various people. Good luck.
    What about this scenario:
    I am a company employee working at home being paid production, NOT hourly. I have set hours because the company claims I need to be available "if something comes up from the client" and I'm needed. I understand that. When there is no work though, I am still expected to be here for my scheduled hours though I am not being paid to do so. This lack of work has been going on for weeks, my paycheck is no where near what it should be, but I am expected to be available, regardless. Is this the norm?
    If AAMT and its dishonest 'advocacy' had never existed,
    They've turned MT into nothing more than exploited, sweatshop labor.

    They shouldn't be allowed to do business in this country.

    But the climate in the US has definitely begun to change since all this economic crisis B.S. started coming to light, and very likely the healthcare industry is going to get a thorough shaking-out, as well. I believe the time was never better for MTs across the country to start talking, writing, and making their voices heard in Washington that we want these AHDI people investigated, and hopefully prosecuted.
    Not even close to the same scenario.
    Oh, please... that's like saying you should put your dog into a little cage that's only 4x his size, and give him a little exercise wheel and that he'll be fine... after all, that's what people with hamsters do, right? Apples and oranges. Again, talk to your vet.
    What about this scenario, folks!

    What do you think of a manager of many MTs, who shares intimate details with each of us regarding her situation as a wife as well as sharing details of other MTs with each other, some extremely complicated and highly personal, which I believe were given to her in confidence.  Then, having her turn into a professional zealot and alienate us with her emotionless response to us which is such a contradiction to prior interactions that it leaves us spinning and feeling as if we do not know her at all.

    I have come upon this before early in my career.  And I would say that changing ths subject in the conversation is the answer so to not end up in this web.  What do you think though?  It is awkward and confusing. 

     She is new at supervision and maybe it can be chocked up to that but she holds a lot of power over us and some whom she confided in during long emotion-filled  conversations, word has it, she has turned against to the point they had to transfer to another department.

    It is placing a shadow over the job for me


    ONE Virginia scenario
    SCENARIO:  You and your husband jointly own a home, both names are on the deed.  You both technically own the home 100%.  That's right, 100% plus 100% equals 100%.  He has NO WILL, but dies, taking his 100% with him.  You are left with 100%.  If he dies with NO WILL and your name is not on the deed, the house is divided between you and any children.  My grandmother, mean-spirited woman that she was, was widowed.  Husband had no will.  Grandma had a will, and left $1 to one of her children.  However, her name had never been on the deed of the house. So, she really did not have the right to only leave that child $1.00, and when she died, all of her children received equal portions of the estate.  Because her name was not on the deed, the house was not 100% hers upon grandpa's death, even though she was legally married to grandpa.
    The scenario you are describing is often (sm)
    encountered when working the graveyard (3rd) shift.  If you can steer clear of that shift, despite the shift differential, don't take it on.  Long ago, company hierarchy coined these workers "the clean-up sweepers."
    Yes, and FEMA went through this exact scenario
    for this storm with the same demographics and destruction level almost a year ago with NO and they were told they would not survive, given a list of procedures and policies to put into place, etc., and a hefty grant to initiate all the action...almost a YEAR ago. Nothing was done by NO authorities. Nothing.

    He will have his share of blame for this, I'm sure.
    As this is the best case scenario. They aren't allowing
    anyone on the first level at all and CNN says only 30,000 people and that the transportation to the dome has been shut down, but they will take people in if they come.  
    They lost me. That bomb scenario was just too stupid. nm
    HOW is it different? Please describe. nm
    Describe your workspace!

    Big desk, small desk, filing cabinets, books on shelf, books in drawers?


    Organizational tips?

    What you describe is not unique to MT

    I've worked in manufacturing (production control & customer service) for many years and realized that EVERY company, EVERY manager can do a better job at motivating and communicating with their employees. However, many managers do not know what to do or how to. They have their own managerial style and they “apply” that to everyone they supervise. A good manager will figure out each person working for them and determine what novitiates that person. Some like to be praised in public. Others want a private encouraging word. Each person is different and has different expectations. The grass is not always greener on the other side. I’ve learned that too many times in my career! BTW, I am considering enrolling in an MT course and read this board and others for information to help make my decision. This was a topic I just HAD to chime in on because this is true of ALL companies… Wal-Mart, GE, Walgreen’s, Ford, Kroger etc. Looking at the big picture, doesn’t it all boil down to how good are you at relationships and making them work?????

    thanks for helping to describe
    what I cannot - and Jim is the guy that I talked to, also.  I wanted to jump through the phone and kiss him when I finally found one to replace my old one.  I am so glad someone knows what I am talking about.
    The way you describe your situation ...

    is just as if you had a crystal ball and were describing mine.  I can't see where it's possible at all any more to make a decent living in this profession without working yourself to a frazzle ... and it's only going to get worse. 

    I love this type of work, but I can no longer sit by and make little better than minimum wage chained to this computer for hours on end after having paid my dues with over 20 years of experience. 

    There's just got to be a better way ...

    Describe your workstation!
    Hi, All,

    I thought it would be fun to describe workstations. I get extremely bored with work sometimes. At various times in my career I've had different ways to combat this--once my office area (bedroom) looked out on beautiful woods. At another time I had a small TV on my desk which was usually tuned to QVC (usually muted) during work (that was a deadly habit that had to go!). Yesterday I bought a 2-1/2-gallon fish tank and have had fun filling it with gravel, plastic plants, a bridge and two creatures--a male betta fish and a golden apple snail. During the workday it's nice to kind of glance over and see what the critters are up to. The drama currently is that the betta is no too keen on having a snail in his tank, even though the pet store reassured me that he wouldn't mind and that there was enough space for the two of them.

    As for the rest of my workstation, I keep it pretty clear of clutter. I have a river stone that has JOY carved on it, purchased at a fair trade shop. I have a few fortunes from fortune cookies promising nice things about money. There's a small black-and-white cat figurine that's supposed to be a creative muse. He looks just like my tuxedo cat, so I liked him right away. To the right is a mug that has the Chinese symbol for "fortune;" I've filled this with highlighters. And there's a card holder (a piece of wood with a carved slit in it) that I place inspirational cards in. Usually before work I'll draw a card and place it there. Sometimes I'll glance over and take a look at it. I figure if my mind picks up some good messages subliminally during the day, it's a good thing!

    So...please share! What do you have on your desk? Pictures welcome!
    Can you describe the wallpaper ;-) Not for any other reason than...
    I'll describe the packaging for you (sm)
    These are just little no-frills ear buds (black). The packaging is about the size of a soda can and is primarily yellow and red with black lettering and says "Stereo Ear Buds" on the front. The Maxell brand is listed on the back.
    Unfortunately, the situation you describe is TRUE IC status.

    Did you commit to working xx lines per day or accepting xx minutes of dictation each day? If so, it's not the company's problem if your daily routine changes and you have to work hours that are not convenient to you. A true IC gets the work done in a timely manner, no excuses. Your vent is exactly what gives WAH such a bad rap.

    Could you share a link? I looked there and didn't see what you describe.
    Contact Start/Stop at their website and describe your pedal and ask them. They were very helpful
    Cumbersome is a good word here to describe Meditech. The designer obviously doesn't type.
    Describe your dream job in one sentence. (anything goes; it's a dream job.)

    My dream job would be straight transcribing half oncology and half psychiatry on a flexible schedule Monday through Friday as a statutory employee for a reputable company with decent dictators at 11 cents per line (a fair living wage for 17 years' experience), first shift.


    58, AHP/self-taught, trained at hospital 5 years, now with 2 of my own accounts for 10 years, employ
    Also worn out 2 keyboards in 4 years. I will never retire. DH will come home some day from work and I'll be slumped over my keyboard. I put in 14 hours a day 7 days a week.
    Pack years = packs smoked per day x years of smoking - sm
    25 pack-years = 25 years of 1 pack a day, or 12-1/2 years of 2 packs a day.

    I don't think pack-years applies to someone who smokes only cigars. But I don't know for sure.
    I worked for Cbay for 3 years. I was also part of their lay off back many years ago. sm
    Even though I got stuck in a lay off era, I still love the company. They paid well then. The people were nice (exception of 1 person) and if I had the opportunity I would go back again. Fortunately (or unfortunately - depending on how u look at it), I have a great paying job right now, so I am not looking for a change. I do know that at one time, they asked management to accept late paychecks, but never sure of the reason why. My check was never late.
    I know it used to be 5-10 years back, but the laws changed within the last 2 years. They can only g
    6 years legal then switched to medical 17+ years ago. sm

    I don't mind doing legal and will do it now from time to time, but be prepared to be totally bored out of your mind.

    At least that's the way I feel.  I love to transcribe, learned legal in college, went on to get my paralegal degree, etc., etc., but I did temp work when the kids were younger, which was about 90% medical and I would never go back to legal except for once in a while.




    Only 3 years away from reaching total years for retirement
    but if I had to do this and raise a family, would feel exactly like you do. The pay is terrible compared to what I used to make. I work 32 hours a week, hope to be able to continue even after full retirement age. I have worked on VR now and unless places get to where they really do not care about how their reports look, think they will need MTs. I very seldom do a report and it is 100%, just cannot remember 1 like that and most take a lot more editing. Working now because want to, not have to anymore, thank goodness!!
    I dumped my ex 20 years ago, but got lucky 13 years ago

    It would take me all night and pages and pages to describe what a bad person my ex-husband was.  After six years of putting up with his OCD, verbal abuse and alcohol, I left him the house, took the kids (5 and 1) and didn't look back. That was 20 years ago.

    I wasn't looking to get married again, but I did.  After 13 years I only complain when hubby doesn't see things my way. :) 

    My older kids, who were 5 and 1 when I left, are married and have kids of their own now.  My husband gets the Father's Day cards.  Their "real" father sits alone in the perfect little house I left behind and let him have and he drinks himself into oblivion every night because nobody is "perfect" enough, including his kids and his grandkids that he never sees. 

    Sad, but true.  So glad I smartened up and got  out of there when I did.

    We have been supporting other countries for years and years now.
    What is the big deal.  Look at your clothes, cars, items in your house.  You will see mostly China, India, Indonesia, Pakistan etc., etc.  We have not supported our own people like we should have for years now!!!!
    Only 2 in 13 years for me. First Edix for 8 and now Webmedx for nearly 5 years. nm
    When I trained, back years and years ago
    We did not have spell checking nor the internet (Google for instantaneous help). OMG, how did we do it? We used Correcting Selectrics with the lift-off tape to correct errors- you only had dictionaries, both English and medical, to look up things so yes we did have to learn to spell all those big longgggggggggg words.
    MT: 24 years. Same company: 11 years same co. after buyout.
    Grammar Question: 9 years' ago or 9 years ago? *sm*
    I have a terrible time trying to remember this rule! HELP!
    Worked inhouse for years and years
    Inhouse transcription from 1973 to approximately 1992 and we had no downtime for answering the phones and when the physicians came into the room (or others) needing some assistance, just part of the job. I did not feel bad about doing it then and I dont see why you would either. You don’t realize that probably you are making right now more than if you are outsourced, right? You have hourly salary plus incentive. Guess how many of us have that now? Probably inevitable about outsourcing so I would say just enjoy while you can. The pay our here now sinks further and further. I make, for instance, 4 cents a line for voice recognition and 8 for straight. Now, more complaining?
    19 years old...married 26 years. nm
    they've been doing this for years and years (nm)


    People have been saying that for years and years - SM

    however, I am working fewer hours and making more money. I think maybe the answer here is working as an IC for a one-owner company. MTSO was an MT for many years and she knows the secret to making lots of $ is putting your MTs doing what they do best and leaving them alone.

    I don't think it is the "national" part of services that hurts. I think the low wages can be gauged by the number of suits in the company. More suits = less $.

    And why pay QA? Just hire people experienced/good enough to do the work correctly the first time.

    I have been doing Radiology only the last two years after several years (sm)
    of acute care. I love it and find it easier although not as interesting as acute care. I was told by those who hired me that a good medical Transcriptionist will be able to do Radiology even with no experience in it. There are some specialized terms but easy to learn. I would never go back to acute care unless there were very good dictators and good sound quality.
    30 (!) years; OTJ (don't think there were schools 30 years ago) nm
    Years ago it was 7 years. Not certain as to status now.

    10 years here, too, and making 8.4....same as i was 5 years ago. nm
    Shame on me.. Am I the only one with 4+ in 2 years, but with my last one 2 years.

    Lots of little "stints" in between, just trying to keep my head above water.

    24 years MT, 7.5 years with the same hospital nm.