RE: novice question (please change to TWR Medical Documents)

Subject: RE: novice question (please change to TWR Medical Documents)
From: "Mark Barrera - Tech Writer" <mdb-career -at- cox -dot- net>
To: "'Christine Voillemin'" <wrkwriters -at- yahoo -dot- fr>, <TECHWR-L -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 7 Mar 2007 08:45:01 -0700




Hello Christine -

For USA medical docs - suggest you check out the FDA stds.

Google for "FDA 21 CFR Parts 11 & "Part 820" for starters.

Good luck.

Mdb

Mark David Barrera
Engineer @ Writer @ Editor
www.mdbinc.com


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Subject: novice question

Hello Technical Writers Group or should I say bonjour because I live outside
Paris?

Anyway, this is my first note through the listserve. I am interested in
suggestions on how
to develop a medical, technical writing career. I have communicated with
Kevin and Sean
and found their experience and suggestions helpful.

I have a Bachelors in Nursing and a Masters in Urban Planning. Don't ask.
But if you must
ask. I like to draw portratis. Thus, (any chance to use thus) my first
degree was in painting and than I got tired of my restaurant job and became
a nurse. Then my work paid for my masters. Sooooo, using my art degree I
got the Planning degree....

I worked for one year writing an architectural procedure manual. What a
headache. I learned a lot from this experience. Especially how cubicles
cause people to regress. Me and my cubicle
partner started our own version of "Survivor". We called in "Survivor
Cubicle". We also created variations of Survivor Cubicle, one of which was
called "Survivor Trailor Park". The manual is finished and many univerisity
personnel find it useful.

Now, I am teaching english which is wonderful because I am actually
learning english grammar in the process. In additon, I enjoy being quiet and
listening and guiding. I find it very rewarding. The people that come to
our language school are often of the highest cadre of professionals in
France. As the French government pays for work related education courses,
which include english lessons.

My husband is French and likes his job and we are likely to stay here
indefinately. We have an infant son and basically are home all the time.
So, I slowly realized, that perhaps technical writing might be an option.
If I where to become a nurse in France I would be required to attend nursing
school for one year; and take the test and they earn 25K under socialized
medicine.

I would like to start with an online course. What computer programs do
you suggest I become familiar with? I know the basics, word, excel,
powerpoint. I wrote a thesis and a technical document. I also wrote a 300
page novel in three months. I can write. I have not focused on it and have
kind of stumbled into this.

Sincerely, Christine






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