What is Locum Tenens?

What is Locum Tenens?

The definition of locum tenens, roughly translated from Latin, means “to hold a place.” Locum tenens physicians fill in for other physicians on a temporary basis for a range of a few days to up to six months or more. When a healthcare employer faces temporary staffing shortages due to vacancies, illness, or other causes, they hire locum tenens physicians and other part-time clinicians to fill those vacancies and maintain patient care quality.

What locum tenens means to employers

Staff Care partners with every type of healthcare facility, regardless of size and location, to fill their staffing gaps. Some healthcare organizations depend on these temporary employees while they conduct a permanent search, while others may use locum tenens providers to test the need for a new staff position or specialist. Locum tenens means added flexibility for facilities as they make staffing plans. Healthcare facilities often employ a variety of these part-time healthcare professionals, including physicians, dentists, certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs), nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs).

What locum tenens means to physicians and advanced practitioners

Working locum tenens means a change in lifestyle for physicians, dentists, and advanced practice healthcare providers, and can occur at any career stage. Along with the freedom to choose your place of work and travel to new locations, Staff Care offers an extensive list of benefits that make the locum lifestyle uncomplicated and rewarding. After connecting you with the right job, we also handle travel, lodging, transportation arrangements, and licensing.