If you’re a locum tenens clinician, accepting a new assignment can be a big decision. Add in a temporary relocation for an extended locum tenens assignment, and the decision can get more complicated. If you’re married or in a serious relationship, you’re not the only one making it!
Your significant other probably plays a role in all important decisions in your life, including those with your locum tenens career. Whether you’re relocating together for an assignment or they remain home while you’re away, traveling for work isn’t always easy when you have a family to consider. In our discussions with the clinicians we help place, questions frequently come up from their significant others. Here are some of the most common ones.
3 Questions Your Significant Other Has (and the Answers When You Work with VISTA)
1. “How involved am I expected to be in the process?”
The short answer is, it depends. If you have children and are considering temporarily relocating your family during your assignment, your partner’s involvement could be a lot more critical than, for example, if you were relocating just the two of you.
Especially when it means a long-term assignment or temporary relocation, locum tenens work can come with a lot of conversation with your loved ones. But that doesn’t mean you have to figure it all out. With VISTA, you have access to a recruiter and full-time travel department to help with the logistics.
2. “What’s covered?”
You and your significant other may both want to understand what expenses are involved in getting started with your next locum tenens assignment. For instance, are you on your own for booking flights and hotels? What about travel from the airport, or car rental services?
VISTA covers the costs and handles the arrangements of a clinician’s travel and accommodations for all assignments placed through us. Travel for additional people such as spouses and significant others is not covered, but we’re here to lend our expertise to make sure everyone gets where they’re going comfortably and safely (including pets!). We take your travel and lodging preferences into consideration, and our full-time travel department is always on-call if issues or questions come up.
2. “What's the community like?”
Doing some online research can give you a feel for some things about the place you’ll be working. What type of people live in this community? Will you like it there? Are there community activities and events to participate in? A little research up front can start your assignment off on the right foot.
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