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Tax Planning Tips for Locum Tenens Clinicians

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Feb 22, 2019 9:30:00 AM

As we enter tax season, it’s important for locum tenens clinicians to plan accordingly to avoid surprises. When working locum tenens, you are considered independent contractors, and there a few things to know when filing your taxes.

What is an independent contractor?

An independent contractor is someone who is considered self-employed. This means they will receive a Form 1099-MISC and are subject to self-employment tax. Additionally, independent contractors are paid without taxes being held. They may be required to pay quarterly estimated taxes or taxes on the amounts paid throughout the year.

As an independent contractor, you have distinct advantages and challenges when preparing your taxes. Here are a few tax planning tips to help navigate the upcoming tax season:

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Topics: locum tenens work

5 Must-Haves When Applying for a Locum Tenens Job

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Feb 20, 2019 9:30:00 AM

Demand for locum tenens workers is growing, but that doesn't mean that it's easy to find the ideal position. Instead, you must take a strategic approach to efficiently find the role that suits you the best. To do this, we suggest focusing on these key factors:

1. Job Preferences

The first step to landing a locum tenens job is knowing where you want to go. This means deciding on things like the type of facility you want to work in, the location, duration of assignment, pay and other crucial factors. Defining your preferences before starting your job search will increase your chances of finding a role that fits your needs and wishes.

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Topics: Interview/Hiring Tips

5-Step Process for Getting Licensed in a New State

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Feb 14, 2019 9:30:00 AM

There are a number of benefits to working locum tenens, notably the ability to travel from state to state for various assignments. The downside: you may need to obtain a medical license in the state you choose to work.

The licensing process varies by state. While some medical boards are able to deliver licenses within a two-week period, larger states like California and New York could take several months. The Interstate Medical Licensure Compact (IMLC) can even help clinicians become licensed in multiple states sooner than through standard licensure.

Despite the state-specific requirements or route you take, there are a few factors that hold true for every locum tenens clinician when getting licensed in a new state:

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Topics: Licensing & Credentialing

A Career in Locum Tenens: Advice From VISTA Clinicians

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Feb 14, 2019 9:30:00 AM

Whether you’re considering locum tenens or just starting your journey, you can learn a lot from experienced locum tenens clinicians. These three clinicians chose VISTA because of the personalized service, assistance with licensing and certifications and location flexibility. Here’s what they had to say:

Dr. Mark Rholl, a recent retiree, used to work locum tenens assignments in various locations. Here’s why he considered locum tenens:

“I was at a meeting sitting next to someone a little younger who mentioned what a great experience he had working locum tenens. That piqued my interest, along with the fact that it could be part-time, I could work 2-6 months, then have some time off to be with family or to do some traveling.”

Dr. Rholl worked with VISTA from 2012 to 2018, which gave him an opportunity to travel and explore new communities. His wife, Carol, usually accompanied him on his assignments, and together they were able to visit places like Chinle, AZ, Ignacio, CO (with the Northern Navajo), and in rural Hana, HI. On advice for a doctor considering locum tenens:

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A Day In The Life of a Professional VISTA Healthcare Recruiter

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Feb 11, 2019 9:30:00 AM

At VISTA, a locum tenens recruiter’s job is two-fold: we are dedicated to connecting facilities with highly qualified providers and we’re passionate about helping clinicians find the perfect opportunities to grow their career. Whether there’s a travel emergency or a licensing issue, we work to ensure the process is as smooth and stress-free as possible. To get an inside look at the role of our dedicated recruiters, check out a day in the life of VISTA recruiter Xi Feng from our Hospitalist team:

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Top Qualities of a Competent Psychiatrist

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Feb 8, 2019 9:30:00 AM

As a psychiatrist, you’ve attended medical school, completed residency and earned your M.D. to diagnose, treat and prevent mental, emotional and behavioral disorders in your patients. You have the skills and abilities to provide psychological treatment, prescribe medications and perform specialized procedures in order to treat people with mental illness.

But beyond your educational background, there are other key qualities that are crucial to your role as a psychiatrist. They will help ensure you are providing quality care to your patients, as well as succeeding in your role. Here are the top five qualities of a competent psychiatrist.

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Topics: locum tenens work

A Different Approach: Working Locum Tenens With a Full-Time Job

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Jan 30, 2019 9:30:00 AM

There are many benefits to a career in locum tenens. You have more opportunities to travel, you can get exposure from diverse areas and backgrounds and you can manage how, when and where you want to work. However, there is a misconception that full-time clinicians in permanent positions can’t work locum tenens because there is little to no time to take on additional work and/or it may interfere with their existing role.

Fortunately, the flexibility that locum tenens offers has allowed many full-time clinicians to take this route with much success. If you’re considering a part-time opportunity, here are a few reasons why working locum tenens with a full-time job is worthwhile:

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The 6 Most Important Details When Reviewing an Assignment

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Jan 28, 2019 9:30:00 AM

When considering taking a locum tenens assignment, there are a few details you must know before making a final decision. The location is only one factor, and speaking to your locum tenens recruiter to gain insight into the other details can help ensure you are properly prepared. Here are the six most important details to review with your recruiter about a potential locum tenens assignment:

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Topics: locum tenens work

How to Take Control of Your Staffing Needs During Cold & Flu Season

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Jan 24, 2019 9:30:00 AM

Cold and flu season puts a strain on every organization that requires staff in order to operate. Hospital and healthcare facilities feel this strain more than most. Sick healthcare workers are not only less efficient than well ones, but can also put vulnerable patients at risk.

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Topics: Facilities & Practices

VISTA Celebrates National CRNA Week—How CRNAs Make a Difference, One Patient at a Time

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Jan 21, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) across the country are celebrating the 20th annual National CRNA Week, January 20-26th. Established by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA), National CRNA Week was created to educate the public about anesthesia patient safety, questions to ask prior to undergoing surgery and the benefits of receiving care from nurse anesthetists.

The annual observance helps patients, hospital administrators, healthcare professionals, policymakers and others become more familiar with the CRNA credential, and the exceptional advanced practice registered nurses who have earned it.

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Topics: VISTA, Advanced Practice Providers, Industry Updates

About VISTA Staffing Solutions

Founded in 1990, VISTA Staffing Solutions helps hospitals, medical practices, and government agencies in the US 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 has over 28 years of experience providing award-winning service in the locum tenens industry.

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