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i gave blood, sweat, and tears as a QA person -

Posted By: misty on 2006-04-29
In Reply to: thank you everyone for your kind opinions. sm - anon - OP

I tried for over a year with a very lame lady who supposedly graduated from one of the *top 3* schools and was a former nurse. She had a terrible ear, little to no comprehension, and was clueless on how to even use her reference books! She was hands down the worst MT out of dozens of people I worked with. The point is this - You can usually tell pretty early if someone is worth training or not. What does your gut say?

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I left and came back to it.  You'll remember everything and your speed will go up after a couple of weeks, and it'll be like you never left.  Go to the Job Seekers board or the Jobs database to find available positions.  You might want to post your resume in the Resume database.  That's what I did, and my current IC employer came to me.  I knew I didn't want to work for a big national (like Spheris) again.

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delve into the pile of laundry in the basement. :)

That way I don't have to deal with other sweaty people.  Eeeeuw.

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I don't think they even cared why I was quitting.  I called the supervisor to tell her in person and she simple said "I need it in writing and when will your last day be".  Personally, I like things quick and painless. 

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Can hardly see through the tears here...that was beyond beautiful!!!

Bless you and your wonderful family.  What else can I say but...


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Don't look back.
I loved it. Brought tears to my eyes nm


Thank you all for your support... it brought tears to my eyes.

Seriously, I really appreciate all your supportive advice and thoughts! I have decided after being treated like this and putting up with it for too long, to look for another job or maybe even another career.  I wish I could quit on them right on the spot without notice, but I have decided to show them what class or professionalism is, even in this bad situation. (Of course, if they do not pay me, then I will quit immediately.)  I can only hope they treat their next MT with some courtesy and respect which we all deserve. 


Hugs to you all ~


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Yes to all the above - they need some new blood
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if that is all they WANT to type.   Is the person who wants to be a supervisor willing to make up for those people?

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It is amazing to me how each year the profession requires more and more knowledge from us, more skill, more ability, more dedication, more resources ... and in direct correlation to what is demanded from us our pay is cut more and more and without apology.  I mentioned in another post that I remember when I first got into MT'g some 20+ years ago hearing the Powers That Be constantly resentfully complaining that we made too much money and were no more than glorified typists.  Who could have known that one day they would finally all band together and make an industry-wide collective effort to correct what they felt was an unacceptable dynamic? 

It seems that everyone directly and indirectly involved in the process of transcription is valued and compensated well for their contribution to the process -- everybody except us --  the ones who actually make the final work product a reality. 

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Some companies try to squeeze blood out of you
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Favorite love song that brings goosebumps and tears to the eyes?

No spin. No blood pressure problems.
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Did he have blood work w/his job physical? Maybe they missed something. nm
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He drew my blood for my marriage license - engaged to someone else
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MAs take vitals, draw blood, give injections, etc.

PAs have the mostly the same authority as a doctor EXCEPT writing narcotic prescriptions they need their suopervising doctors signature.  I used to work in a doctor's office as an MA for a PA.  Hope this helps!!!

Yes - it was explained to me that this happens when the egg implants in the uterine wall. The blood
Had this with all of my pregnancies.
blood or visible bones?! lmao - I love it!
Leave it to the drug companies - how brilliant!! Tears Again, Teargen, Teardrops, Tear Drop
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no wonder I'm always skirting the edge of sanity...