My story is somewhat interesting. I am a Registered Nurse with approximately
eight full-time years of hospital nursing experience. I started my
RN career with direct patient care at my local hospital, with medical-surgical
patients. After the first year, I became head nurse of the same medical-surgical
floor. I learned a great deal. I had to read the physicians' orders
on the patients' charts and schedule the appropriate tests and procedures.
I also had to accurately read the medications that were ordered. It
was my responsibility to read the results of the lab tests and x-rays
(and understand them). I was expected to know normal and abnormal
laboratory values. It was challenging and motivating. I had to teach
the patients about the tests or x-rays before they were performed.
The medical terminology was second nature to me.
I later got married and moved to a town that had a very large teaching
University Hospital College of Medicine. I worked as a float nurse
for about one year. I had the wonderful opportunity to work on several
of their specialty floors. I worked in pediatrics with the children,
obstetrics and gynecology, oncology, intensive care units, neonatal
nursery and much more. I also worked as a supervisor of a surgical
floor at a community hospital. I held the position of the Assistant
Director of Nursing at a local nursing home. It provided me with a
wealth of medical experience.
As I got older, I kept thinking... wouldn't it be great if I could
find an opportunity to work at home. I then discovered many educational
ads regarding home study for medical transcription. I researched the
different available programs and chose an MT program with an excellent
course outline. I did all of my studies at home with textbooks, a
laptop, internet access, cassette tapes, a foot pedal and medical
resource books. I absolutely enjoyed every part of the course. I was
very successful academically. I was very proud to graduate and become
a medical transcriptionist.
I thought it would be creative to develop a learning resource web
site with self-study, helpful information. My goal was to introduce
new transcription students or potential candidates to some common
features of transcription education and explain some knowledge that
is necessary to do the actual work. This web site is written completely
with my opinions, knowledge and experience. It is up to you to choose
your specific course, method or program of education. Click here to
study what VLC offers regarding their medical transcription courses.
They use distance education learning modules and instructor mentoring
with the M.I.M.E. method. M.I.M.E. stands for mentoring interactive
modular education. The program has very organized learning modules
and is self-paced. It makes it easy to study when the material is
presented in an orderly, step-by-step method.