Over the last few years, much has been said about the ongoing physician shortage plaguing the healthcare system. So, where are we at now? Well, doctors are still very much in demand throughout primary care and across nearly every specialty. Medical schools are doing their best to keep up with the demand while both hospitals and staffing agencies are making the best of the staffing levels they have. Suffice it to say that the high demand for doctors puts them in the driver seat.
Wishing nurse practitioners across the country a happy NP Week! We appreciate your skillful expertise, your comprehensive approach to health and all that you do to expand patient-centered, high-quality care for the millions who need it.
National Nurse Practitioner Week is November 13-19 this year, marking 51 years that NPs have provided proven, expert, patient-centered health care across the country.
The ability to connect with patients is important for every health care provider. Right alongside sound clinical judgement and a certain level of competence, empathy is simply expected. But it’s particularly important for primary care physicians. After all, most of us will hopefully see our PCPs more than we will see hospitalists, surgeons or other specialists. That said, great primary care physicians are distinguished by their people skills and the relationships they build with their patients.
Wisconsin has a lot more to offer than delicious dairy. If you’re looking for a change in scenery, here are just a few reasons to think about calling this friendly Midwestern state home for your next locum tenens assignment.
Topics: Licensing & Credentialing
Online reviews are for restaurants, hotels and spas, not healthcare providers… right? Wrong!
Most of your work as a healthcare provider is done face-to-face with your patients. But that doesn’t mean you don’t have an online reputation to think about. Before choosing a provider, more and more web-savvy patients are doing their research.
Think about it this way. If a potential patient—or maybe a facility looking to hire—searched for you online, what would they find? Take these steps to make sure the answer doesn’t include any unwanted surprises.
Topics: Facilities & Practices
With the autonomy and flexibility of locum tenens comes the need to step up your financial management skills. Locum tenens work follows an independent contractor model, which means you’re responsible for setting aside money for taxes and keeping tabs of business-related expenses. Tracking things like the miles you drive, the medical equipment you purchase and even your meals while on assignment can turn into tax benefits and deductions.
Luckily, technology is there to make it easier. Try these 5 powerful expense tracking mobile apps. They support all major currencies, offer multiple options for tracking mileage and integrate with popular accounting solutions to make bookkeeping a breeze, but each offers something a little different.
Locum tenens work offers exciting advantages for your medical career—your taxes just may be a little more complicated than a standard employee. Because most locum tenens work is based on an independent contractor model, a key part of managing your career is accurate and diligent recordkeeping.
Turn the following tips into habits to avoid surprises at tax time—and to ensure you take advantage of all tax deductions you’re entitled to.
Pay Yourself Last
Forgetting to set aside money for taxes could eat into money you have budgeted for other items. A good rule of thumb for 1099 employees is to pay taxes, debts and bills before paying yourself. That includes setting aside 40% of your earnings for federal, state and self-employment taxes. It’s also smart to set money aside for time between jobs to fill the gap in income, and to put a fixed amount into savings each month for emergencies.
Hospitalists are defined by where they practice medicine — in the hospital, usually addressing severe illnesses and emergencies. If you’ve made a career in this specialty, you’re familiar with long hours and heavy workloads, plus the benefits of a flexible schedule and the opportunities to connect with patients during their most critical time of need. Hospitalists that want to broaden their experience may find that locum tenens is a natural next step.
Considering a locum tenens position in hospital medicine? Ask yourself these 4 questions:
Happy providers, healthy patients. You can see the logic in the idea that the more satisfied a healthcare professional is in their work, the better, more attentive care that can be delivered. But what’s most important for career satisfaction?
Medscape’s sixth annual Physician Compensation Report says it’s not just the paycheck. In fact, physicians with lower salaries were among the most likely to report that they would choose a career in healthcare again, if given the chance. So what does contribute to career satisfaction?
Medscape’s report joined similar studies in illuminating many non-monetary reasons why physicians are happy in their chosen professions. Here are the top 3:
About VISTA Staffing Solutions
Founded in 1990, VISTA Staffing Solutions helps hospitals, medical practices, and government agencies in the US, New Zealand, and Bermuda optimize their physician staffing, ensure quality and continuity of care for patients, and maintain financial stability. A leading provider of US Locum Tenens and Permanent Physician Search Services, VISTA is the only agency that offers both domestic and international work opportunities for locum tenens physicians.