Locum Tenens Critical Care Physicians & Advanced Practitioners
Physicians and advanced practitioners in critical care medicine, or intensive care medicine, need special training to care for patients with life-threatening conditions. And when hospital ICUs, PICUs, NICUs and other critical care settings experience short-term staffing shortages, they often turn to locum tenens critical care physicians (intensivists), nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs). These temporary positions offer clinicians the ability to apply their skills at some of the country’s top trauma centers, hospitals, children’s hospitals and clinics.
Statistics from the Society of Critical Care Medicine show1:
- Nearly 10,360 intensivists practice in the United States
- More than 5 million patients are admitted to ICUs each year
- Critical care costs represent approximately 13.4% of all hospital costs
- 24-hour intensivist staffing reduces ICU costs and length of stay
- The average base salary for intensive care physicians is $261,383, and the average for critical care NPs is $100, 406
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Critical need for critical care. ICUs require greater staffing coverage than other units due to the tenuous nature of their patients’ injuries and illnesses. According to Staff Care’s white paper, Trend--The Growing Use of Locum Tenens Providers to Supplement Permanent Staff, facilities now use a multi-layered staffing approach that includes full-time and part-time personnel, employed physicians, remote physicians and locum tenens physicians, NPs and PAs.
Source: 1Society for Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) website, Critical Care Statistics.