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Can A Nurse Earn Dollars Without Leaving the Country?- Interview with Ruth Concepcion

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When you're a nurse here in our country, it's either you push yourself to do a lot of hard work with not enough pay – OR – work abroad to earn dollars and be away from your family.

Others resort to changing careers, just so that they could cope up with the increasing prices and needs of every family.

Just like Ruth. She almost changed her nursing career so she could be there for her baby. She transitioned from being a nurse to a freelancer but was not getting jobs that are related to her career before.

Until she found out about the Virtual Medical Scribe opening for VA Bootcamp students. She grabbed the opportunity and is now working comfortably at home with her baby, earning dollars without even leaving the country, with a career that's totally related to her field in nursing.

In this interview, Ruthie will talk more about her freelancing journey, including:

✅How She Landed a Job as a Virtual Medical Scribe

✅How She Handled Rejections and Stayed Motivated Despite It

✅How She Earned Dollars Without Having to Work Abroad

And a whole lot more…

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Ruth will tell her story about how she has transitioned from a nurse to a virtual medical scribe.

Notable Quotes:

  • You have to keep believing in yourself. Any hard works should be coupled with prayers.
  • Huwag bibitawan po ang belief sa sarili. And that if you have this hints na you'll do good on this, you eventually find something like this, you have to fight for it.
  • Once there is an opportunity kasi sabi nga nila, “Opportunity knocks only once.” So you have to grab it and you have to stay focus. And of course, ask for the support and assistance of the people that might be helpful for you so kapit lang.
  • It's not really about the skills because you can learn it, the VA Bootcamp can help you improve your skills. But what is more important is your attitude on the things you do.

Ruth’s Journey to Freelancing:

  • She is a nursing graduate and worked as a nurse in one of the major hospitals in the Philippines for 6years.
  • She quit work because of schedule conflicts and can barely see her daughter.
  • She eventually landed a job in a BPO as Medical Coder, which is related to her previous job and worked for 3 years.
  • She quit BPO because of some problems with the nanny.
  • She always dreams of working at home while she was working in a BPO.
  • She came across with the VA Bootcamp course and enrolled last April and finished the course last August.

Q&A Highlights:

Were you doing side businesses while you're enrolled in the Bootcamp?

Yes, I resell bags and sell pasalubong from Bulacan. Even when I was still working in the BPO, I used to sell delicacies to my colleagues like chicharon and pastillas each time I went to visit my mom in Bulacan. I even have a page for online selling but it's inactive now.

Does it take a lot of your time or parang sideline lang?

Yes, it is like a sideline lang like if somebody orders me chicharon then I will tell them the day when I'm going to visit my mom so I can deliver them their orders. So it's like hitting two birds in one stone.

What happened when you finished the course last August?

I was hired by a small German company that does T-shirts designs. All you have to do is to look for popular T-shirts designs in the US in Amazon site and then check on the graphics if how popular it is and the copyrights if it has the same designs in the Europe counterpart and if there is none then you can submit it to them. That was my first job as a freelancer.

Did you get it from Upwork or OnlineJobs?

I got it from OnlineJobs. It's not in dollars, it's in euros for me. I have to gain experience since I know how to make researches so I can do it that was my mindset during that time.

Was that a short time gig lang?

Yes, because it started in August and it lasted last November. Because by November, somebody from medical device company noticed my profile that I have this medical or healthcare background and she approached me in OLJ to be her Virtual Assistant.

Would you say that your background in nursing helps?

I think it was an edge since dealing with medical devices like if there are medical terminologies I could relate to it. So if she asks me to research on something that is medically inclined, it would be not so hard for me to produce the output that she wants me to do.

Puwedeng maging Virtual Medical Assistant po kahit no knowledge in medical?

To be honest, it would be challenging. Pero if you're up to the challenge, then it's okay for you to try. But it really depends on what the client is looking for. Because in my case they're really looking for someone with at least 1-year experience in hospital, so you got this familiarity of things because you have to understand that the doctors in the US are so busy. Although they train you, they don't have this luxury of time from training you to get familiarized with the medical terms. I'm not closing doors but if you have this desire of learning it on your own and you are up to the challenge then why not give it a try.

136 thoughts on “Can A Nurse Earn Dollars Without Leaving the Country?- Interview with Ruth Concepcion

  1. hi miss ruthie, im medtech by profession, i want to learn also about medical coding, please help, thank you!!

  2. Angel Sabellina Pona panoorin mo bait

  3. Tin Kaii amu ni hambl ko cmu

  4. I am teacher, may I know how to be VA?

  5. Watching from lipa batangas god bless to everyone hi po sainyo ni madam Ruthie and sir Jason.

  6. Edelisa Quicoy Butanas

  7. Interesting work hope i can too

  8. Joysie Khey Sanchez Lorenzo watch this

  9. Hi watching from Bulacan Hi ruthie

  10. hi,pls pm me the details, thanks😍

  11. Watching from laspinas..

  12. Di bale sir dulay gwapo ka pa din..

  13. HI sir Jason, leah from cebu watching your VA bootcamp. :).

  14. thank you for sharing your story

  15. Hi Ms. Bong Isleta

  16. I was inspired by what u have shared ms ruth…m not a medical graduate m a commerce graduate specifically acctg graduate and i want to work to VA…i want to be one…

  17. Will an ofw become a VA?

  18. Watching from calauag quezon province

  19. need po ba hospital experience ? Thanks

  20. Hi watching frm buk.

  21. Hi, Ruth! Congrats po! 💖

  22. Ruthieeeee.. Galing… I want!!! ❤️

  23. Missed the live pero #teamreplay in support for Ruth Quiambao-Concepcion 🙂

    1. Quirie Lacambra Thank you 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

  24. How to start here as newbie…Hindi Rin aq masyadong techie…plain housewife….have experience in selling and other mlm selling ..and affiliate marketing….Anong course Ang pede kong ienrol to enhance my experiences as Future VA…at Anong job Ang pede kong applyan here…I graduated BSBA-Computer Management but the job experience is on sales marketing.

  25. Hello im from pampangs

  26. Hello Ruthie, you’re story is really inspiring 😘

  27. is it possible for me to join in your online work from home? though i haven’t any expirience in bpo company?

    1. Celle Robles Estacio hehehe. Ikaw talaga!

    2. Ruth Quiambao-Concepcion Oo Hehehe. Akala ko si matet. no need to have make up … pretty na

    3. Celle Robles Estacio OMG! Napanuod mo?

  28. Maria Palma-Feliciano
    Cory Roxas Herno

  29. Watching from zamboanga here..

  30. Hello Watching from Pasig

  31. Hi done sharing and watching

  32. how to start from being a medical scribe?

  33. Wow wanted to earn more…watching from zamboanga del norte

  34. Regina Gacula Cartnal, Liza Sonido Gacula

  35. thanks for sharing i’m inspired!

  36. Thank you sir JD abd ms Ruth

  37. FREE Course:

  38. Leny Macasaet oh virtual medical scribe

    1. Kuh sana nga ay kaya pa ng oras ko…12hrs shift ko lagi..

  39. wow Jasmine it’s your time to shine!

  40. #mayghc
    Thank you coach Ruthie.

  41. ASK. Attitude.Skills and Knowledge. correct po Godbless

  42. Thank you Sir Jason & Ms. Ruthie for this interview, I can definitely recommend this niche to my friends!

  43. Thank you po for this. Godbless you both po =)

  44. Thank you for sharing your knowledge Maam Ruth.

  45. thanks for sharing ms ruthie

  46. thank you for the knowledge…

  47. Done,thanks Ms.Ruth for sharing

  48. GODBLESS everyone. Pray. Hope. and Dont Worry

  49. Thank you, Ms. Ruthie, for sharing here. You inspire us freelancers and also those who are still desiring to be one.

  50. Karla Venica Serapon Ulpindo

  51. FREE VA Course:

  52. Anong pangalan nyang gamit mong headset mam Ruth.. sa lazada ko lang din nabili ung akin ahhaha

  53. san po pwede mgtake ng mga courses online for virtual medical scribe

    1. good question. 🙂 thanks for raising it.

  54. Are you recommending a specific company? How to apply and what are the requirements? Been working from a healthcare account as pharmtech. How is it? I’m planning to work at home sana. Thank you

  55. What site you can take the hipaa exam?

  56. thanks for answering me. hope to finish the course already. hi tta/ms bong i will contact you soon. hehe

  57. I am a med tech graduate, a medical representative for more than 10 years, a manager of an HMO company for more than 10 years too…do you think i can be a medical transcriber too?

  58. Thanks for answering my question sir jason dulay

  59. i work with a good blouse and very short shorts or pajamas na lng.. hehe

    1. Hahaha saken friend hahaha oo basta formal pangmataas ok na .. di naman makikita sa baba

  60. is the a non voice account for virtual medical scribe?

  61. How many clients do you have right now?

    1. Lilet A. Gozum I have 2 clients. 1 is as General VA and 1 as virtual medical scribe.

  62. What companies can we apply as Virtual Medical Scribe? The only one I know is HelloRache.

    1. Ruth Quiambao-Concepcion Thank you, Ruth! 😃

    2. Dyan Escolano You can check out Bottleneck Virtual Medical Services

    3. Ako din hellorache lang din hehehe

  63. Mam ruth regarding sa 1yr exp sa hospital na requirement. Pwede po kayang kahit sa clinic lang? Ang naging hospital exp ko lang nung student nurse po ako…

  64. Is there any required specs for the computer?

    1. 2GB RAM minimum. Atom Processor minimum. If Atom processor, nothing older than 5 years. Pero even if hindi pasa ang computer mo. Pyede parin. I know someone whose computer crashes when 5 tabs are open. Pero nakakaclient parin. 🙂 Ang gustong mag online job ay hahanap ng paraan.

    2. Bruhilda Ako Zeritram, you can check this blog post from Sir Jason

  65. If you want to start working from home, whether you’re a nurse or not, you can start as a General VA. Signed up for the free course here:

    1. as a generalist YES po

    2. Ah, is data entry under the General VA position? Thank you for the info.

  66. I wanted to do this also. I wanted to take nclex so i need to stop working at the hospital but i wanted to work at home kasi hawak mo ang schedule.

  67. Hello sir Jason dulay,, konting tiis nlng po makakaipon n q for the boot camp course…

  68. Mam ruth thank you the info 🙂
    Currently puro virtual assistant lang data entry about medications hehehe…
    Since meron pala nitong medical scribe icheck ko po about this.

  69. thanks for answering my question..

  70. So many questions today. 🙂

  71. How much does it cost to become a certified medical coder?

    1. good question! thanks for raising it. 🙂

  72. Do they pay you per hour also?

    1. good question! thanks for raising it. 🙂 hintay tayo sa sagot nya.

  73. bagay s ato dzai Nierah B. Mastail

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