Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Medical Professional

Kim at Emergiblog has linked me as a "Medical Professional". (oops, it was, in fact, "Medical person of interest" which is just as good). It actually brought tears to my eyes when she did that. I have done my job (and loved it) for three and a half years now. When I worked at home I didn't feel all that professional because most days I never made it out of my pajamas and ate my meals at the computer. Oh yes, I worked from rise till bed,my precious husband bringing me food, especially during this time of year when everyone had met their deductibles and were flocking in to get whatever stuff done that they wanted to go on their insurance before January. I felt like a shlep. Then I came to work for "The State". I thought it would be a glamorous job working for a big hospital. However, I found that most of the people here think that transcription is just "typing". I have actually been referred to that way. "Oh that's kim, she's the typist." I am pretty sure I have commented on this before. When I "just type" I have to know what the term/disease/medication is, how to spell it, what it means, what amount of medication is within certain parameters (i.e. had a doc prescribe 1000 mg of Risperdal q d last month, I HAVE to know that Risperdal is given in dosages of 1-4 mg per pill. To be given most likely once or twice a day.) This is my job. I know meds that I type, I know diseases, I know that there is no such thing as Regular N insulin. I know these things so that when doctors are tired and have to dictate 20 to 30 notes on the patients they see and make a mistake that they do not hear, I am there, I gotchur back doc. My docs know this, but my bosses do not, so I make a below poverty wage working for the state. I AM a MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL, and I love what I do. Just wish the place I work for would recognize it.

1 comment:

SuperStenoGirl said...

I get referred to as the "typist" or as a "clerical" or any derivitive thereof. Yea, ok we're not doctors or nurses. Chances are we can't tell if you've got a broken arm, or are having a heart attack. We don't know what to look for in a neurological exam and we can't perform bypass surgeries.

But our job is important to - for patient care. It's important that the family doctor get reports on their patient, it's important that wards get copies stat and it's important .... well it's just important!

I'm not "just" a typist. I'm your medical languages and communications specialist. I listen to you when you're switching between Chinese and English. I work around your Punjabi accent. I listen as you chomp through your salad and I try to figure out what you say when you turn your head or sneeze and talk at the same time.

I am more than just a typist. I am a listener, a detective, a problem-solver, a counsellor, and so much more!

My job is boring.
I'm stuck in a stuffy office with no light source aside from flourescent tubes.
My back aches.
My eyes hurt from staring at the screen.
But without me - you'd actually have to WRITE the report yourself, taking up valuable patient time.

Respect me.
Respect my job.
Life would be much more time consuming if it weren't for us Trannys.

Conceited? Me? Never. :)

Thanks for the link!