The benefits of locum tenens positions are becoming increasingly attractive to healthcare practitioners such as physicians, Nurse Practitioners, and Physician Assistants. The excitement of being able to travel, of not having a 60-hour-plus workweek, and being able to build an impressive curriculum vitae are just a few of the many perks that locum tenens positions have. However, knowing if a locum tenens position is right for you can be tricky and requires careful consideration. Knowing if locum tenens is right for you depends on a few key factors, but before discussing what makes a physician a good candidate for locum tenens, it is important to dispel a myth.
Locum tenens is no longer nontraditional. In fact, locum tenens was never nontraditional and since its inception, the industry has seen a massive demand. Locum tenens is fast becoming the new normal and more physicians looking for locum tenens positions find themselves in good company and with great benefits. Answer these three questions and one of our experienced recruitment consultants will be happy to place you if you are ready.
Are you Looking for Supplemental Income or Continuous Income?
It is not exactly moonlighting, but doctors who want supplemental income to pay off medical school loans, mortgages, or even physicians who are not ready to retire and want to create a cash flow, will all turn to locum tenens positions as a means to create those opportunities. However, locum tenens may not be right for you if you are looking for a long-term career at a local hospital or medical facility that will guarantee steady income for years.
Do You Like to Travel?
If you specialize in a field of medicine that is in high demand or enables you to work in a variety of settings, locum tenens will give you the benefit of traveling the country to practice medicine in almost any state. Other physicians may find their choices a little more limited, but not by much. So if you like to travel or want to look for the perfect state to settle down and plant your career in, locum tenens positions are a way to do that while making sure that you have income coming in.
Do You Need Medical Experience?
Many physicians use temporary staffing agencies to gain experience. Are there procedures you haven’t performed in some time? A locum tenens assignment could be the refresher you need. Young physicians in particular find locum tenens positions to be a great way of gaining the experience they need in order to advance their careers.
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