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Changing career temporarily

by Colleen8080 Colleen8080 (New) New

I am considering learning how to be a medical transcriptionist so I could work from home. I have been an RN for 14 years and I recently just quit my job as a medical/surgical nurse. I want to take a break from the craziness and take a step back from it for a few months until I can figure out which direction I could take as an RN outside the med/surg setting. Has anyone tried medical transcribing as an RN or prior to becoming one? From what I have read they prefer you to be certified in it. I am just wondering how to find out about the ins and outs of it and how did you like it?

Hoosier_RN, MSN

Specializes in dialysis. Has 28 years experience.

To make decent pay, you need years of experience and certification. Don't let some fly by night school tell you otherwise

speedynurse, ADN, RN, EMT-P

Specializes in ER, Pre-Op, PACU.

From what I understand, medical transcriptionists do not make decent money at all - not compared to a nurse’s salary. Have you looked into non bedside nursing positions? There are still those positions available - maybe not as plentiful as before the pandemic, but they are there.


Has 24 years experience.

Does anyone know of any nurses who changed careers and started doing medical transcription?