This is a guest post from MaryAnn Stolgitis of Barton Associates about the possible benefit of Locum Tenens. This is not a solicitation of practitioners nor an endorsement of the author’s contribution by M3USA.
By MaryAnn Stolgitis, Barton Associates,
Are you hoping to find more freedom and flexibility in your career? You’re not alone.
During a worsening nationwide physician shortage, healthcare professionals are experiencing burnout, battling hospital politics and toxic professional environments, and working long hours through nights, weekends, and holidays. Fortunately, work-life balance, extra income, and the opportunity to care for patients who need it most are all within reach.
What Is Locum Tenens?
Latin for “holding one’s place,” locum tenens refers to the placement of physicians, NPs, PAs, dentists, and CRNAs in temporary short- and long-term positions at healthcare facilities in need of coverage across the U.S. Locum tenens recruiting companies help HCPs find roles that accommodate their interests and skill sets, matching them with a single recruiter who works to meet their specific needs.
Is locum tenens right for you? This can be a rewarding career path for many in medicine:
1. Find Work-Life Balance
Locum tenens roles let you to pick and choose when and where you work, allowing more freedom and flexibility. and a fit for providers at any and all career stages — whether a new graduate or an experienced provider preparing to wind down without leaving medicine altogether, or anything in between.
2. Escape Hospital Politics
A widely recognized benefit of locum tenens work is the escape from hospital red-tape and politics. Medical professionals experience burnout for a variety of reasons, and not least among them is the stresses of the work environment. Locum tenens work is often short-term by nature, avoiding workplace drama. It can be a break from the challenges of a permanent job at a hospital and allows focus on what actually matters: patient care.
3. See the Country
Some locum assignments take providers across the country with family and even pets. Where might your locum tenens journey take you?
Says locum tenens nurse practitioner Marti J.: “[Locum tenens] has given me the opportunity to travel to parts of the country that I probably wouldn’t have gone to on my own. I’ve been able to bring my kids up to spend time with me and we’ve gotten to see the United States!”
4. Build a Varied Skill Set
Because locum tenens assignments allow you to practice in different settings and locations, work within different professional cultures, and treat diverse patient populations, HPCs on this path are constantly adapting and learning new skills. Not only does a varied skill set make you a valuable team member at your current locum assignment, but it’s also attractive to future potential employers.
5. Earn Extra Income
Some locum tenens providers opt to take weekend assignments to supplement their existing income, while others make it a full-time gig. (It’s worth noting that many locum positions offer greater compensation than full-time roles.) With a locum tenens recruiter, you’ll be able to choose from options that work best for you, your needs, and your lifestyle. Then, they’ll locate assignments that best match what you’re looking for.
MaryAnn Stolgitis has been vice president of operations at Barton Associates, a healthcare staffing and business services company, since 2010. She is responsible for overseeing and implementing operational processes to improve and streamline recruitment operations, helping Barton become the leader in locum tenens healthcare staffing in the process.
This is not a solicitation of practitioners nor an endorsement of the authors contribution by M3USA.