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Question for Red - Bummer Knees - 08-05-2007 12:47 AM
In another thread I posted about taking an online class this fall.
Well, the class I will be taking is medical terminology.
The week before my last knee surgery I was offered a job in the medical records department of our local hospital.
I was unable to accept the job due to my surgery and other medical issues. The department director requested that I have her personal cell phone number and asked that I call her when I am able to return to employment. I told her that would be sometime and she said that is okay, "I always need help."
I am looking at life after work comp and realize I won't be able to return to my former job as an Early Childhood Teacher due to my injuries.
So now I am looking at types of classes to prepare me for future employment. I would like to work in a hospital setting and have some experience working with medical records and I have 12 yrs experience working as an accounting clerk.
Would you have suggestions of classes that I can look at in the future?
I realize I have some medical issues, although I hope to have them resolved one day.
Sorry this was so long.
RE: Question for Red - Tuffy - 08-05-2007 12:56 AM
Bummer this isn't red but most hospitals offer there own training classes or on the job training for medical Records depts. or most junior collages also have classes. I don't know about on line classes, you may want to check with that hospitals Dept and they can give you some information, or any local collages. Hope this helps.
Another suggestion would be to check into a Unit clerk or unit cordinator position They do pay well. Hospitals do have a lot of different positions for some one of your experiance. and most have web sites now where you can check out what type of employees they are looking for.
RE: Question for Red - Bummer Knees - 08-05-2007 01:06 AM
I realized we have two nurses on this board after I posted.
The local college where I am taking the class provides much of the training for the local hospital and their terminology class I am taking is for a hospital setting.
RE: Question for Red - Tuffy - 08-05-2007 01:19 AM
Sounds like fun to me, I did not take any of those classes, I guess I just picked them up in school and on the job. most haven't changed over the years. There are so many depts in a hospital that use support staff that you could almost have your pick of where you want to work. there are always openings. Be sure to check them out before accepting a position and get a job discription. some pay better than others. some work all holidays and weekends and others don't. Just a few thoughts.
Most hospitals will have grants for employees who want to go to school.
RE: Question for Red - red1030 - 08-05-2007 01:53 AM
Hi bummer...this sounds exciting. I think Tuffy gave you some good suggestions. Exactly what would you like to do in the medical field? Medical Terminology is always a good place to start. Hospitals always need people who as Tuffy said, would be a good unit clerk and knowing medical terminology is a must for this type of position. Another position that is some what demanding but is usually done strickly on a phone and with a computer, it staffing coordinators. They usually make a few dollars more than unit clerks. Now if you are going to go back for a degree, medical record consultants do very well especially in the long term care facilities. most long term care facilities can't hire a medical record person all the time so they hire consultant to come in to just look over the files that are kept by self trained employees. Also medical record consultants are used for the same thing in Rehab centers etc. Therer are also positions working with the Director of Nursing as a secretary. This takes people skills and usually minor typing at least mine never did a lot of typing, because I did it all on the computer as I went.
It really depends on how long you plan on being in school. Which school are you taking the online courses from. I was doing my Ph.d from University of Phoenix. That was a really nice school. It was expensive, but all upper level courses usually are...Let us know what you decide...red
RE: Question for Red - Bummer Knees - 08-05-2007 01:58 AM
The college I am enrolled in a a local community college.
I also have 60 hours in Business Administration.
RE: Question for Red - Tuffy - 08-05-2007 02:07 AM
I guess the only thing left for me to say is go for it, The world is your oyster when it comes to the medical field. I loved it.
RE: Question for Red - Bummer Knees - 08-05-2007 10:24 AM
Thanks Tuffy & Red, both of you have given some great advice.
RE: Question for Red - ksgirl - 08-05-2007 12:47 PM
Yay! We can go to school together. I won't feel as alone.
RE: Question for Red - Bummer Knees - 08-05-2007 01:21 PM
What classes are you taking?