I am a transcriptionist who stopped nursing school because my youngest was on the way. I enjoy staying home with my kids but when they are all in school full time I will head back and finish my RN--I am a people person. There is no comparison in pay, transcription $ is minimal and really the greatest benefit in doing it is the hours that you choose to work.
The medical transcription world is actually changing quite a bit and before you make any decision about going in to it make sure that your bases are covered.
-Is the company looking to go all digital? (just happened in a small town not far from here and let all transcriptionists go)
-Do they allow you to work at home? Some places refuse while others will allow it after a probationary period.
-Is it a live platform where you are subjected to the timezone of the company if you are working online?
-Will you be an hourly wage earner or billed by character? 65 characters per line WITH spaces, every time you hit your spacebar it is a keystroke!
-Will they allow you to bill via an accepted line count software?
-Is the turn around time STAT, 6 hours, 12 hours or 24 hours or greater?
-Are your references current as far as a PDR or online membership--especially for meds!
-If it is for a large company, have you checked the BBB? Some places are not what they preach they are!
And keep in mind, our new president will be making changes to medical records that have some in the transcription community scratching their heads in wonder as to what will happen to our jobs...something to ponder
Just some ideas, not advice :wink2: