By the Staff Care team Aug 09, 2021
healthcare industry has long recognized the need for greater work–life balance
for physicians and other clinical providers, and the COVID-19 global pandemic
exacerbated existing problems. Clinicians have been pushed beyond their limits,
with many still trying to recover and regroup.
daily grind of clinical and administrative responsibilities can become
overwhelming. So what is a physician or advanced practitioner to do? Take
control of your career as a locum tenens provider.
tenens assignments provide flexible work options, including the ability to choose
when and where you work. They can be part-time in your local area or full-time
assignments that allow you to travel to a new location and stay for a few weeks
or months. While working locum tenens you can explore new cities, learn new
skills, enjoy more time with family and gain a new perspective on your medical career.
advantages of working locum tenens in 2021
1. Refresh your perspective
several difficult months of treating COVID patients or dealing with other
fallout from the pandemic, working locum tenens in 2021 can provide a fresh
perspective and a mental break. Even if patient cases are similar to what you’ve
been experiencing, a new workplace with less administrative responsibility can
offer some reprieve.
jobs can break up your routine, allow you to experience new places and take a
fresh approach to how you practice. Spending more time with patients and caring
for a new patient population may also help you reenergize and reconnect with
why you originally fell in love with medicine.
2. Allow time to consider your next step
you are a recent medical school graduate, considering a change in mid-career, or
nearing retirement, locum tenens jobs can allow you some time to consider what
your next steps will be. These assignments can provide temporary employment and
a healthy income while you weigh your options.
are looking for a new location to practice, a locum job could provide the
bridge to get you there without making a long-term commitment. Talk to a Staff Care recruiter about locum tenens
assignments in a destination where you might like to relocate.
3. Gain flexibility and control of your work
Recent survey data from the American
Medical Association shows that the majority of physicians work 40-60 hours per
week, with 1 in 4 averaging between 60-80 hours per week. With so many hours committed
to their jobs, physicians are anxious for new solutions that allow them greater
Freedom and flexibility is a primary benefit of
working locum tenens, according to 81 percent of clinicians who participated in
Staff Care’s 2021
Survey of Locum Tenens Physicians and Advanced Practitioners. Locum providers can decide when and where they want to
work, and how often. The
majority of providers (61 percent) worked three or fewer locum tenens
assignments per year, while 18 percent worked seven or more.
"Many physicians and other providers are
burned out by the administrative and reimbursement hassles that come with
medical practice today," said Jeff Decker, president of Staff Care.
"Locum tenens allows for a comparative degree of freedom and the ability
to focus on treating patients, which is what healthcare providers enjoy the
4. Provide more time for family and other
can enjoy flexible work options, including part-time or full-time assignments.
They can choose their locations and contracts, and decide how much time to allow
between assignments for vacations, family visits or other pursuits.
Jaffee, MD, a certified otolaryngologist, chose to work part-time as a locum
tenens provider after retiring from his solo private practice. For the last
several years, he has been taking locum assignments with Staff Care that still
allow him plenty of time to spend with family and enjoy personal hobbies. Watch Jaffee’s locum tenens story here.
5. Earn extra income
who are focused on paying off medical school debt, saving up for a major
expense or preparing for retirement can opt to work part-time locum assignments
in addition to their current jobs. These assignments could involve an extra shift
on days off or using vacation time for short-term locum jobs.
can also choose to work locum tenens full-time, with an excellent salary over an extended
period of time, as they work with their recruiter to book back-to-back
6. Enhance clinical skills and gain experience
learn something new? Locum tenens assignments offer opportunities to increase
your skills or learn procedures that may not be available in your current
workplace. You can gain exposure to a variety of practice settings, patient
populations, best practices and cutting-edge treatments and procedures.
7. Help the patients who need you most
Locum tenens assignments
range from large academic medical centers to rural hospitals and practices that
allow clinicians to care for patients in underserved areas, with patients who
desperately need their specialty training. Many physicians relish the
opportunity to give back during a locum tenens assignment, or on a medical
mission made possible by their flexible locum schedule.
Want to know more? Contact a Staff Care
recruiter to get started.
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