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Oedgar Oedgar (Member)

Started new job this week. So diffrent than floor or even clinic nursing!

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I began a chart abstracting job this week. I work in the HIM dept and sit in an office cubicle with a friendly bunch of coders. OMG wow! I can't get over how laid back this is compared to anything I've done. The folks in my group just sit at computers all day, work, and intermittently stop and chat. Everyone gets full lunch and 15 minute breaks.... and bathroom breaks lol. The boss is flexible and helpful. It is such a contrast from the days of running my behind off, sweating (yes even in a clinic job)... and working way past quitting time to get phone calls done. No doc breathing down my neck and secretly timing/scolding me because it took me 8 minutes to get a clean catch urine, vitals, weight, and history from the patient. Nobody in this new position is worked to death. It's just so... odd. But I'll take it!!

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Sounds like a nice change. Are your coworkers nurses too? What kind of experience/training do your coworkers have?

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My coworkers are all HIM people, coders, RHIT, transcriptionists. The job opening asked for RN and/or RHIT. I am LVN and have a few HIM classes done.

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Oedgar, it is unreal how much you and I have had in common in our job situations! Your new job/environment is so similar to mine it is uncanny, except I'm working as a Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialist, but in the exact same situation as far as office dynamics as you are, and I too am a LPN . I'm also working in HIM :eek: LOL!!!

Congrats! Those pee and lunch breaks are nice huh? :D

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LTCNS..... OH my wow!! Yes I recall your struggles. I think your office was even more messed up than mine! My title is Clinical Data Integrity Analyst. It is a brand-new position at the hospital, so the boss is still determining what I will be doing. So far I have been running reports on the timliness of verbal orders being signed, contact docs to please sign them, and track that I notified the docs. I am sure I wlll be tracking performance in this area... and also H&P's and having a Progress Note in the chart daily. The job posting asked for a nurse license and/or RHIT. So far I haven't done anything that uses my nurse background though.

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LTCNS... may I ask generally what your salary is? My job is not paying me quite what I expected, but I took it anyway, because I felt it was a rare opportunity. If you don't want to discuss I understand.

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sound so much fun. I am almost done with my MSN in informatics and looking forward to CDS jobs. Any suggestion? I have 3years of EHR experience as an RN.

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