4 Reasons to Consider Locum Tenens Holiday Work

The holidays are here! Normally, this time of year brings celebrations, shopping and time with family and friends—but this year it will look a little different. Perhaps a lot different.

The COVID-19 pandemic will certainly impact the way that we celebrate the 2020 holiday season. Yet it also presents an opportunity for clinicians to work
locum tenens assignments that can make a difference, caring for patient populations who may need their help the most. 

Locum tenens holiday work offers many advantages, with part-time and full-time opportunities for physicians and advanced practice providers. In fact, holiday locum assignments could set the stage for new adventures and practice settings in the year ahead.

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4 reasons to consider locum tenens holiday work in 2020

1. Earn great pay  

Most locum tenens assignments offer physicians and advanced practitioners the chance to
earn more compensation than they would in a permanent practice setting. According to the latest data from Staff Care, locum tenens’ pay can range from several hundred dollars per day to over $2,000 per day. While pay rates will vary based on location, specialty and a facility’s need, locum clinicians can expect to be paid well for what they do. 

"A primary care physician working as a locum tenens full-time can easily generate $180,000- $200,000 a year in income, and with overtime shifts they can earn considerably more," according to Jeff Decker, president of Staff Care.

By partnering with a locum tenens recruiter, you can find assignments that meet your compensation requirements. In addition to great pay, locum tenens holiday work also brings a host of other benefits, such as free housing, travel expenses, medical malpractice coverage and state licensure assistance. Because locum tenens providers are independent contractors, these types of perks make the work that much more convenient, and can save a provider significant time and money.

2. Help those in need

Chances are you became a physician or advanced practitioner to use your skills and knowledge to help others, and locum tenens holiday work can magnify your contributions. This holiday season in particular promises to be more challenging for those in healthcare, as the country continues to battle the coronavirus along with seasonal flu and other ailments. As a locum tenens working over the holidays, you can help hospitals fill critical gaps in coverage. 

According to the
latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), weekly hospitalization rates from COVID-19 between the end of September and the end of October have continued to increase. Due to more inpatient and outpatient cases, facilities across the country are expecting a greater demand for locum tenens providers this holiday season. 

3. Combine work and vacation

Whether you are looking to spend the holidays in a big city, small town or even a rural setting, chances are there will be a locum tenens assignment for you. The beauty of locum tenens holiday work is that you can choose when and where you work. If you want to spend some time skiing or enjoying winter activities, consider a locum assignment that is within driving distance of a ski resort. If you prefer to spend time with friends and family this holiday season, look for an assignment in a city close to your loved ones.

Staff Care’s locum tenens job search tool
allows you to find assignments using a variety of criteria such as location, specialty and duration. You can also stay abreast of new opportunities by signing up for  job alerts, which offer instant notification when locum jobs fitting your criteria become available. But the best way to stay current and get notifications—even before they are posted online—is to connect with a Staff Care recruiter, who can be looking at opportunities on your behalf and prepare you to begin an assignment in your preferred location.

4. Enjoy schedule flexibility

In many cases, locum tenens providers have negotiating power when it comes to an assignment. If you have certain limits or requirements when it comes to your schedule, you’ll want to voice them before you sign a contract. Start by discussing your needs with your recruiter so he or she can connect you with a locum tenens holiday assignment that will give you the flexibility and income stream you desire. Some facilities will even offer incentive pay for providing much needed coverage on a major holiday.

Just remember: the more flexible you are, the more likely you are to find a locum opportunity, whether over the holidays or during other times of year.

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