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After graduating from LVN school, I got a job working in a trauma department. Shortly after that they decided to only have RNs. I had just finished LVN training and boards and didn't want to go through that again, so I went to pediatrics, but I hated it. I had two patients: one with cancer and the other terminal. I couldn't handle that. So I went into geriatrics. Yuck there again. I decided to be a minister and while I was going to seminary I got a job working in a physician's office. While there, he noticed how fast I could type and started me out in transcription. In the meantime, I moved and the local hospital had an opening for a transcriptionist. Thinking I would have no problem since I was an LVN and had been transcribing SOAP notes, I went for the job. Lucky for me they hired me in spite of it all. In addition to learning acute care dictation and radiology, I was training on doctors from India. I remember being so frustrated that I just started crying. (I do that when I'm super frustrated.)

I graduated from seminary and, because of other things going on, felt disillusioned with organized religion and decided to not be a church-type minister. So, I enrolled in a school for naturopathy since I still wanted to do patient care but was a firm believer in natural medicine. My father's side of the family is Native American and my grandfather is part of the healing clan, so I had been raised with some of this belief. Meanwhile I stayed transcribing. I loved it. It was always a challenge, I was always learning new things and had to stay on top of so much information. I later transferred to the pathology dept. so I could broaden my knowledge. That was very interesting but didn't have near the variety.

Now I'm the radiology information systems manager for a regional hospital system in Washington State and also have responsibility for radiology transcription. I love technology but still really love transcription, so this job provided both for me. Thanks to some motivation from folks on the Physicians Board ( http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/physicians), I started doing natural health consulting again along with acupressure, Healing Touch and Reiki. I started The Chrysalis Center and am hoping to be in a position to start doing that on a more part-time basis, hopefully eventually doing that full-time, in addition to the Physicians board ;-). I also formed Chrysalis Ministries which is a nondenominational, nonsectarian ministry devoted to healing and helping people through the transformation of body, mind, spirit, and soul. The ministry has grown rapidly all of a sudden, and we now have almost 20 ministers in the US, the UK, Ireland and Brazil.

I'm really thankful to the participants on the Physician Board who constantly encourage me and have such great questions. It helped rekindle a passion for me and helped give me the courage and motivation to go at it on a grander scale than ever before.


1. New private board for CPR MTs. Write me for information.

2. Have you lost an MT job or account? Post your story at http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/lifeboats

3. Coming this week: Interviews with Spantel.com and Healthiva.com, two new website dictation service providers: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/leaders

4. IC/MTSO expectations: http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages13/4287.html

5. Employee/supervisor understanding: http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages13/4232.html

6. Audiology resources: http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages13/4166.html

7. Hardest of Basic 4? http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages13/5240.html

8. How much dictation from one physician? http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages13/5229.html

9. OSHA and home offices (they retracted statement later): http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages13/5013.html

10. New date format? http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages13/4926.html

11. Stopping cookies from websites: http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages13/4825.html


12. Kyle (chickenpox at 13) improving: http://www.mtdaily.com/vent/messages4/3713.html

13. Healing Heart off ventilator in hospital: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/prayers/messages/1427.html

14. Flu reports from many states: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/friends/messages3/5559.html

15. Putting kids to bed: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/pandora/messages/4089.html

16. Y2K disappointments: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/pandora/messages/3711.html


1. What is Reiki natural healing? http://www.xs4all.nl/~remy/history.html

2. Medical privacy public policy: http://www.intellectualcapital.com/issues/issue335/item7810.asp

3. NTx test for osteoporosis: http://www.businesswire.com/webbox/bw.101299/1386087.htm

4. Help with resumes: http://www.provenresumes.com/

5. Computerized ER: http://www.msnbc.com/news/353090.asp

6. Male infertility gene: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/19991224/hl/mna_1.html

7. Winter cardiac arrests more dangerous: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/19991224/hl/dsd_6.html

8. Smoking marijuana and cancer: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/19991227/hl/ada_4.html

9. Blocking glutamate receptors, treatment for MS: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/19991227/hl/dsb_21.html

10. Female infant vitamin D increases bone density: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/19991228/hl/chb_10.html

11. Vitamin C and K3 for prostate cancer: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/19991228/hl/rsb_2.html

12. Marriage and Alzheimer's: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/19991230/hl/agb_1.html

13. Colon cancer vaccine: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/19991231/hl/dsc_22.html

14. Lung cancer gene: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20000104/hl/rsa_13.html

15. Black women getting breast cancer younger: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20000104/hl/wmc_1.html

16. Less strep B in infants: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20000105/hl/chc_7.html

17. More high blood pressure in the South: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20000106/hl/dsa_26.html

18. Controlling antibiotic-resistant bacteria: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/leaders/spantel.html

2. Interview with Healthiva.com: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/leaders/healthiva.html

3. New Lab and Path Word Board: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/labs

4. An Australian perspective on MT: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/world/messages/1350.html

5. Classified: DICTAPHONE voice processor. C-phone, Model 0421. Includes headset and foot pedal. This dictaphone was used only two times. Original box and instruction booklet. $525. See http://www.mtdaily.com/ads.html for contact information.

6. Want-to-buy: Looking for a used "call-in" system for just one client - preferably digital and not too expensive. If anyone out there knows of a system that does not cost thousands of dollars and is digital and is geared for a small amount of work, I would appreciate hearing from you. See http://www.mtdaily.com/wanted.html

for contact information. 7. Starting your own website: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/webwork/messages/174.html

8. Update on Kim's special needs baby. Preemie clothes needed: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/mothers/messages/7524.html

9. Improving typing speed: http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages13/6733.html

10. Learning macros in Word: http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages13/6407.html

11. Who started MT Daily? http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages13/6397.html

12. Transferring all data to another computer: http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages13/6347.html

13. MTs making money surfing web: http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages13/6274.html

14. Lab test and abbreviation websites: http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/index207.html

15. In memory of Miriam, gopher's friend: http://www.mtdaily.com/vent/messages4/4148.html

16. Doctors orders (humor): http://www.mtdaily.com/vent/messages4/3957.html

17. MT Daily in another dialect: http://www.mtdaily.com/vent/messages4/3902.html

18. Full C-drive: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/computers/messages/2261.html


1. First double hand surgery: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20000114/hl/rsa_17.html

2. AIDS now more prevalent among minority gay men: http://cnn.com/2000/HEALTH/AIDS/01/13/minorities.aids.02/index.html

3. New asthma drugs: http://cnn.com/2000/HEALTH/mayo/01/11/asthma.drugs/index.html

4. Concerns about implant ignorance: http://cnn.com/2000/HEALTH/01/13/medical.implants.ap/index.html

5. Limits of flu drugs: http://cnn.com/2000/HEALTH/01/13/flu.warning.ap/index.html

6. Dangers of listeria to unborn babies: http://cnn.com/2000/HEALTH/women/01/13/pregnancy.risky.food.ap/index.html

7. Internet can be good for your health: http://cnn.com/2000/HEALTH/01/12/internet.healthcare.ap/index.html

8. Sonata, new sleeping aid: http://cnn.com/2000/HEALTH/01/11/sonata.wmd/index.html

9. New generic Prozac: http://cnnfn.com/2000/01/12/worldbiz/wires/prozac_wg/

10. Lou Gehrig's disease may be caused by a http://cnn.com/2000/HEALTH/01/11/health.gehrigs.reut/index.html

11. Is Internet addiction real?: http://foxnews.com/health/011300/netaddict.sml

12. Stomach cancer risks from family history and H. pylori: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20000113/hl/dsd_9.html

13. Oral forms of drugs increasing: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20000113/hl/dga_18.html

14. L&H make deal with e-DOCS.net: http://biz.yahoo.com/bw/000111/tx_e_docs__1.html

15. Asteroids, not to worry: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20000113/hl/psf_1.html

16. Lumpectomy limited success: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20000114/hl/dsa_31.html

17. Low cortisol linked to behavior problems in boys: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20000113/hl/bha_15.html


Thanks to Medbookstore for a $10 coupon on $50 purchases for MT Daily MTs. See http://www.mtdaily.com/marketplace for coupon number. If anyone is using flat-rate or free phone service for dictation and free Internet service, please let us know about it on the main board. Thanks for letting others know about the newsletter. And thanks to all who help each other on the boards. Circulation 4,423. -Mary Morken, mary@mtdaily.com, and Lora Payne, lora@mtdaily.com.

**********************MT DAILY ROUNDS, 1/21/00**********************

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I hope you find some things of interest to you among the links below. Don't miss the link about international airline pilots having problems with English and the safety concerns it poses. English as a trade language is a topic I've been thinking about a lot this week, and I wonder how it is influencing medical records. From my perspective, quality is still king in our field, and computers still need people!

When the dictator is hard to understand, I am reassured of our job security. The three MTs I've been mentoring for a few months have mastered many details of editing and their ears are getting tuned, but when the learning is slow and I must point out more details, I am reassured of our job security again. When I get news of someone getting a better job or a new MT finding an intern position, I know it influences our expanding market for the good of MTs. There are lots of job listings on mtjobs.com this week, and lots of used equipment available on the ads page. Lots of humor on the boards, and lots of people helping people! Have a good weekend, and see you online!


1. Featured Classified Ad: Stedman's Medical Dictionary, 26th edition, Mosby Medical Encyclopedia, The Surgical Word Book, Stedman's Pathology & Lab Words, Current Medical Terminology, Stedman's Ortho & Rehab words, American Drug Index, 98' and 99', The Gregg Reference Manual, Stedman's Psychiatry Words, Abbreviate! Word Expander, and a Sony M-2020 transcriber. Some of these books are brand new and the rest are in brand new condition. You will not be disappointed. Package sells for $325 + shipping. See http://www.mtdaily.com/ads.html for contact information.

2. Featured Wanted Ad: Looking to purchase used Lanier Voice Write EX transcribe machines. See http://www.mtdaily.com/wanted.html for contact information.

3. PC Anywhere versus E-mail: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/digital/messages/2105.html

4. MT thinking about LT: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/legal/messages/1491.html

5. A deal at Office Max: http://www.mtdaily.com/mtbycompany/messages/8873.html

6. "Firing" a contract: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/pep/messages/183.html

7. Tribute to a cancer-surviving grandfather: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/casupport/messages/478.html

8. Special need for clothing: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/exchange/messages/172.html

9. Tip on a recipe site: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/cooks/messages/3211.html

10. National hug day today: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/friends/messages3/5839.html

11. Looking for fellow MS sufferers: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/friends/messages3/5845.html

12. Ideas for working with a newborn: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/mothers/messages/7793.html

13. Frustrations wtih neighbors: http://www.mtdaily.com/vent/messages4/4722.html

14. Itchy dog advice: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/petlovers/messages/2917.html

15. Support for Kyle: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/prayers/messages/1525.html

16. Encouragement for Special Moms: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/specialmoms/messages/403.html


1. International pilots' language and flight safety: http://www.msnbc.com/news/358541.asp#BODY

2. More research on the affects of alcohol: http://www.reutershealth.com/cgi-bin/ssi/framethis?catalog=eline&file=2000012013.html

3. Accutane still causing birth defects: http://www.reutershealth.com/cgi-bin/ssi/framethis?catalog=eline&file=2000012019.html

4. Ramipril/Altace can help high-risk heart-attack patients: http://www.reutershealth.com/eline/open/2000012001.html

5. Gastrostomy feeding may not help dementia patients: http://www.reutershealth.com/eline/open/2000012002.html

6. Breast implant complications reduced with antibiotics: http://www.reutershealth.com/eline/open/2000012004.html

7. Rotavirus research discoveries: http://www.reutershealth.com/eline/open/2000012007.html

8. New hotline for HPV: http://www.reutershealth.com/eline/open/2000012009.html

9. Apples and lungs: http://www.reutershealth.com/eline/open/2000012011.html

10. The Freestyle or Alameda, a new blood glucose monitor: http://www.reutershealth.com/eline/open/2000012015.html

11. New stats on abuse of women: http://www.reutershealth.com/eline/open/2000012023.html

12. Human brain stem cells isolated: http://www.corporate-ir.net/ireye/ir_site.zhtml?ticker=CTII&script=410&layout=7&item_id=70009

13. Medical newswire: http://www.prnewswire.com/health/index.shtml

14. Cancer drug approval page: http://www.fda.gov/oashi/cancer/cdrug.html

15. FDA Orange book (drug), searchable: http://www.fda.gov/cder/orange/links.htm

16. Routine delivery procedures that hurt, not help: http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/01-21-2000/0001120646&EDATE=

17. Drug information from the FDA: http://www.fda.gov/cder/drug/default.htm

18. New drug for breast cancer, Aromasin: http://www.pnu.com/press_display.asp?258

19. American Society for Dermatalogic Surgery: http://www.asds-net.org/

20. Nurse helps patient find identity: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20000120/us/found_identity_2.html

21. Mixed senses, synesthesia: http://foxnews.com/health/011700/synesthesia.sml

22 The Dobelle eye, artificial vision: http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/000118/ny_dobelle_1.html

23. MedQuist suing Lernout & Hauspie: http://www.quicken.aol.com/investments/news/story/djbn/?story=/news/stories/dj/20000120/on20000120001469.htm&symbol=Medq

24. Inovent inhalation therapy: http://dowjones.wsj.com/i/hlth/ON-CO-20000121-000691-d-industry-c1-hlth.html


Thanks to Medbookstore for a $10 coupon on $50 purchases for MT Daily MTs. See http://www.mtdaily.com/marketplace for coupon number. If anyone is using flat-rate or free phone service for dictation and free Internet service, please let us know about it on the main board. Thanks for letting others know about the newsletter. And thanks to all who help each other on the boards. Circulation 4,300. -Mary Morken, mary@mtdaily.com, and Lora Payne, lora@mtdaily.com

**********************MT DAILY ROUNDS, 1/28/00********************

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Each week when Lora and I choose and gather MT Daily news and web resources, we are overwhelmed with the large community of people helping each other and the amount of useful information that is available to us. We are all like a think tank together with an enormous library. All of us are smarter than one of us, and we are all students in the ever-changing cyberschool of information!

We've overcome much ignorance and we no longer rely on old wives' tales (see http://members.aol.com/tireswing/tbcont.html), but now there is much more to know and much more we need to know, so we can feel even more ignorant! I hope these weekly listings of websites can be guides through the raw materials of the week and goads to personal enrichment (like new wives' tales). Unlike our computers, we are alive and doing processing no chip can do. We are needed and performing a valuable service, and we are watching out for each others' welfare.


1. New Boards now that MT Daily on a bigger computer:

MTSOs recruiting MTs: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/recruiting

MTs who live alone: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/loners

Grandmothering MTs: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/grand

Radiology words: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/rad

Diagnostic words: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/dx

Visitors researching MT: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/justlooking

Internet technical questions: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/internet

Equipment (noncomputer): http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/equipment

2. Three new religion sub-boards:




3. Interview with MTscribe.com, TASP: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/leaders

4. In memory of 10-year-old Kyle: http://www.caringbridge.com/mn/kylewestphal

5. Supporting MT whose son has brain-stem glioma: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/casupport/messages/483.html

6. Frustrated mothers with preschoolers in public: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/mothers/messages/7925.html

7. Learning along with medical students: http://www.mtdaily.com/mtbyschool/messages/4485.html

8. Grammar site with tests: http://www.mtdaily.com/mtbyschool/messages/4609.html

9. Love at first sight: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/pandora/messages/6755.html

10. Start your own website: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/webwork/messages/176.html

11. Computer jokes: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/humor/messages/1103.html

12. WAV pedals: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/digital/messages/2191.html

13. Classified feature of the week: VDI four-port digital transcription system. System includes computer, monitor, keyboard, footpedal, headset, adapter, phone lines, superstation, with all of the prompts already set up, $4,500 or best offer. See http://www.mtdaily.com/ads.html

14. Wanted ad feature of the week: I need sturdy headphones for a Dictaphone two-prong-style headset. Does anybody know of a place I can get a really sturdy, durable, great-sounding headset? See http://www.mtdaily.com/wanted.html

15. Being paid by report: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/finance/messages/203.html

16. MS Word, printing multiple documents: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/msword/messages/688.html

17. How to handle "indeed": http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/style/messages/1558.html

18. Bargain shopping on the web: http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages13/9069.html

19. Computer warranties: http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages13/8915.html

20. Input on dialysis: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/caring/messages/13.html

21. Add your dinner ideas: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/cooks/messages/3275.html

22. Anyone else enjoy The Green Mile? http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/stories/messages/1642.html

23. How to clean a Nordic Trak: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/exercise/messages/106.html

24. Kudos to Jane, one-month ex-smoker!: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/smokeout/messages/779.html

25. Researching homeschooling: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/homeschool/messages/1343.html

26. Are you involved in local politics? http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/politics/messages/2257.html

27. Going to watch the Superbowl? http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/sports

28. Home MTs going back to the hospital: http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages13/8712.html

29. QA standards: http://www.mtdaily.com/wwwboard/messages13/8438.html

30. Comfort board renamed Tribute Board: http://www.mtdaily.com/mentors/tears


1. New Health Resource: http://www.sickbay.com

2. Court denies MedQuist's motion re Lernout & Hauspie: http://biz.yahoo.com/rf/000124/gx.html

3. OSHA won't inspect homes: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20000127/bs/osha_telecommuters_1.html

4. Possible key to killing pneumococcal disease: http://www.todaysheadlinenews.com/apsv/story?id=623074&feed=PRN

5. Certiva(R)-IPV-Hib combination vaccine: http://www.todaysheadlinenews.com/apsv/story?id=622610&feed=PRN

6. Bionx BioSorb, resorbable urology stent: http://www.bionximplants.com/press.htm

7. FocalSeal-L in Canada: http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/01-27-2000/0001125962&EDATE=

8. Off-pump bypass surgery: http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/01-27-2000/0001125959&EDATE=

9. Medical search engine: http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/01-27-2000/0001125869&EDATE=

10. Primsol for otitis media in children: http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/01-27-2000/0001125675&EDATE=

11. Aromasin, the first oral aromatase inactivator: http://www.pnu.com/press_display.asp?258

12. Pharmaceutical Observatory: http://www.spinnaker.fr/en/go/indpharm.html

13. New drug list: http://www.pslgroup.com/newdrugs.htm

14. List of health profession websites: http://www.spinnaker.fr/en/go/go_us.html

15. Drug information site: http://www.pharminfo.com/

16. Clinical trials list: http://www.centerwatch.com/main.htm

17. Nursingspectrum.com, free nursing continuing education: http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/01-26-2000/0001124440&EDATE=

18. Drug information center and reference: http://www.rnweb.com/drugs.html

19. No link between fetal ultrasound and leukemia: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20000128/hl/cha_37.html

20. Brain mapping for opiate addiction: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20000127/hl/bha_22.html

21. Health news and information: http://www.LaurusHealth.com


22. K-Centrum spine fixation device: http://www.spineology.com/news/

23. Hand transplant information: http://www.handtransplant.com/

24. The SmartScrew: http://www.bionximplants.com/smartscr.htm

25. Reveal Insertable Loop Recorder for the heart: http://www.medtronic.com/reveal/new.html

26. Trileptal anticonvulsant: http://www.pslgroup.com/dg/158bf2.htm

27. Tequin for respiratory infections: http://www.pslgroup.com/dg/155a82.htm

28. INOmax for newborn lung problems: http://www.pslgroup.com/dg/153bfe.htm

29. Tagatose for anemia and hemophilia: http://www.biospherics.com/PressRelease/Pr012600.html

30. Dictaphone announces TASP: http://www.dictaphone.com/news/prelease/pr01122000a00517.htm

31. Bioethical issues: http://doyle.ibme.utoronto.ca/philosophy/index.htm#Q14

32. Nutritional benefits of chocolate: http://www.cocoapro.com/cocoapro/chocolate_health.html


Thanks to Medbookstore for a $10 coupon on $50 purchases for MT Daily MTs. See http://www.mtdaily.com/marketplace for coupon number. If anyone is using flat-rate or free phone service for dictation and free Internet service, please let us know about it on the main board. Thanks for letting others know about the newsletter. And thanks to all who help each other on the boards. Circulation 4,293. -Mary Morken, mary@mtdaily.com, and Lora Payne, lora@mtdaily.com