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

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

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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 current 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:

Supplement Your Income

Working locum tenens while having a permanent position can help you increase your savings, pay off debt, save for retirement, and cover other expenses. You can also pick up locum tenens work during paid vacation days to double your pay. Moreover, if you work with a locum tenens staffing agency, they may cover travel and housing expenses during your assignment to offset the costs you may incur.

Expand Your Skill Set

You will be able to learn new procedures, skills, and best practices to use in your current position that could be used to leverage a promotion or greater visibility within your organization. By learning additional skills, you may also find another role that interests you - opening the doors to more opportunities.

Explore New Career Opportunities

By working in several locum tenens positions, you gain insight and guidance on what specific roles entail. Giving you the ability to assess which role best fits your needs before leaping into another position. You can also get hands-on experience for a role you’re considering, increasing your chances of landing the role in the future.

Serve Communities in Need

Giving back is what healthcare is all about. With locum tenens, you will be able to travel to remote locations and increase healthcare access to underserved populations. If you have a passion for helping others in need, this is an excellent way to start. You’ll have the access needed to make a difference while receiving other benefits of working locum tenens.

Experience Different Practice Settings

With locum tenens, you are exposed to a variety of facilities. You will be able to work with others in different settings to determine which one fits your needs and preferences. You can also get a feel for different work styles and cultures, helping you to manage staff relations in your current role better.

Having options is vital in determining your career path. Locum tenens is a viable option for all clinicians – even those in permanent positions. While it may seem challenging to navigate, the flexibility of locum tenens allows clinicians to find assignments that fit their schedules and needs. As a result, they can receive a range of benefits, like extra income, new skills, and new experiences. To learn about locum tenens opportunities, contact a trusted agency like VISTA to explore your options. 

Topics: Locum Tenens Work


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VISTA Staffing Solutions has over thirty years of experience providing award-winning customer service to clients and providers alike. Headquartered in Salt Lake City with additional offices in Atlanta and Houston, and employs approximately 1,000 people between corporate staff and field clinicians and contracts with over 2,500 physicians across 60+ specialties and subspecialties. VISTA helps U.S. hospitals, medical practices, and government agencies optimize their physician staffing, ensure quality and continuity of care for patients, and maintain financial stability. As a leading provider of U.S. Locum Tenens and Permanent Physician Search Services, VISTA also operates VISTA Select, a first-of-its-kind technology and services solution utilizing advanced data and analytics to provide healthcare organizations with customizable workforce optimization solutions.