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Career Advice Needed !

  • 1.  Career Advice Needed !

    Posted 18 days ago
    After having been an RN with a bachelors degree for over thirty years and never really happy with nursing, I fell into a contract position doing HCC coding and I loved it. So after my 6 months ended and I had to return to nursing, I started looking at every single coding program and I found that in Colorado, there was very little available for an old nurse who didn't want to obtain an associate degree and/or take out a student loan for a Masters degree. None of my credits would transfer because they were obtained in the 1980's. I'm single and have no extra financial resources. As luck would have it, I crushed my arm and was forced to apply for disability in 2014. Very rehab became available and I knew that I wanted a career in medical coding. But the counselors that I met with didn't know anything about the field. I was erroneously placed in the CCS program. When I discovered that error, 3 years of coding does not equate to 30 years of nursing. I thought that I could take the CCA review bundle and I bombed on the exam.
     I need a mentor or someone to help me navigate the system. I don't need to take the basics course as medical terminology is a second language; I was married to a physician. I even have the coding basics down but not well enough to pass the exam.
    PLEASE Advise me as where to begin !
    I was thinking that taking the CCA course may be the best way to begin again but I don't have anyone to discuss my options with so I am asking the entire AHIMA community to give me the leadership that I need.
    MANY THANKS

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    Ann Moore
    annelis.moore@gmail.com
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  • 2.  RE: Career Advice Needed !

    Posted 17 days ago
    Hi Ann:

    I would feel privileged to help coach you through the transition into CDI/coding world.  I'm an RN myself, currently pursing a dual MSN/MBA degree. I've an associate's in nursing and a bachelor's in HIM. My feelings about nursing (not as.a service but as a profession) may be similar to yours. I embraced my feelings sooner than you did and sought out a filed that would allow me to utilize my clinical skills, and as nursing instructors like to say, "critical thinking skills" in a meaningful way but away from the bedside. It's worth mentioning, that nursing was not my first career path - I was in the legal field for about 15 years - but within 8 years of bedside practice endured enough wear and tear on the body that I would not be able to return to the bedside even if I desired to. Upon completion of my HIM degree

    Based on your message, I feel you would be a perfect fit for role in CDI. As CDI continues to evolve, many programs would hire an experienced RN without any HIM knowledge and provide the necessary training. I, for one, started by CDI career at a major academic hospital in Chicago where CDI falls under HIM governance and out of 12 CDI RN on staff only 2 joined the team with prior CDI experience. You would be at an advantage to begin with since you have had 3 years of coding experience. If you still consider adding a formal education credential to your professional belt - and I am a big proponent of continued education - I would recommend looking around for programs that may offer a post-baccalaureate certificate in HIM. My alma mater, UIC (University of Illinois in Chicago), ranked 2nd in the nation by U.S. World and New Report  for its online BS program in HIM, has an online post-baccalaureate certificate in HIM (see link: Biomedical and Health Information Sciences).

    Please do not hesitate to reach out to me in person at marinakravtsova@gmail.com and we could set up a time for a phone call. I love doing this. I've coached a few individuals in the past. My main motivation is I wish I had a mentor when I found myself at a professional crossroads.

    Best regards.

    -Marina

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    Marina Kravtsova
    Ambulatory Clinical Documentation Specialist
    Health Information Management,RHIA,CDIP,CCS,RN
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  • 3.  RE: Career Advice Needed !

    Posted 17 days ago
    Edited by Christi Lower 17 days ago


    Hi Ann:

    I would feel privileged to help coach you through the transition into CDI/coding world.  I'm an RN myself, currently pursing a dual MSN/MBA degree. I've an associate's in nursing and a bachelor's in HIM. My feelings about nursing (not as.a service but as a profession) may be similar to yours. I embraced my feelings sooner than you did and sought out a filed that would allow me to utilize my clinical skills, and as nursing instructors like to say, "critical thinking skills" in a meaningful way but away from the bedside. It's worth mentioning, that nursing was not my first career path - I was in the legal field for about 15 years - but within 8 years of bedside practice endured enough wear and tear on the body that I would not be able to return to the bedside even if I desired to. Upon completion of my HIM degree

    Based on your message, I feel you would be a perfect fit for role in CDI. As CDI continues to evolve, many programs would hire an experienced RN without any HIM knowledge and provide the necessary training. I, for one, started by CDI career at a major academic hospital in Chicago where CDI falls under HIM governance and out of 12 CDI RN on staff only 2 joined the team with prior CDI experience. You would be at an advantage to begin with since you have had 3 years of coding experience. If you still consider adding a formal education credential to your professional belt - and I am a big proponent of continued education - I would recommend looking around for programs that may offer a post-baccalaureate certificate in HIM. My alma mater, UIC (University of Illinois in Chicago), ranked 2nd in the nation by U.S. World and New Report  for its online BS program in HIM, has an online post-baccalaureate certificate in HIM (see link: Biomedical and Health Information Sciences).

    Please do not hesitate to reach out to me in person at marinakravtsova@gmail.com and we could set up a time for a phone call. I love doing this. I've coached a few individuals in the past. My main motivation is I wish I had a mentor when I found myself at a professional crossroads.

    Best regards.

    -Marina

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    Marina Kravtsova
    Ambulatory Clinical Documentation Specialist
    Health Information Management,RHIA,CDIP,CCS,RN
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