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Four Questions Kids Have About Locum Tenens and How to Answer Them

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Nov 16, 2018 9:00:00 AM

If you’re considering accepting a locum tenens assignment, you may be wondering how being a parent fits into the mix. Guess what? Your children are probably wondering, too! The good news is that locum tenens jobs and family life are a perfect fit. Still, your kids may have some concerns - which is why we’ve compiled this list of four questions your kids might ask about being a locum tenens clinician. We’ve also provided answers aimed at satisfying their curiosity, while helping them to understand the many benefits associated with locum tenens work.

1. “Why do you travel for work?”

Working locum tenens provides many professional advantages, including everything from job flexibility to extra pay. And while the chance to travel is also an upside, it’s something more than that: An opportunity to give back.

In traveling to remote and underserved communities, many locum tenens clinicians play an important role in increasing access to care. In addition to serving as an explanation, this answer also sets an inspiring example by modeling good citizenship for your children.

2. “How long will you be away from home?

Because the length of locum tenens assignments varies, the nature of this work is inherently flexible. Locum tenens clinicians can not only choose assignments that are within their comfort zone in terms of length of time away from their kids, they can also choose local assignments and amenable hours. The result? More time with family and the chance at attaining true work-life balance. Plus, if you do need to take time off for a family event or commitment, doing so is always an option with locum tenens.

This is also a good time to remind kids that even when you’re on the road, there are many ways to stay connected thanks to technology like social media and video chatting.

3. “Can I travel with you to your locum tenens assignment?”

While your kids may not always be able to travel with you due to conflicts with school, extracurricular activities and other obligations, many locum tenens clinicians turn short-term assignments into family vacations. Others seek out assignments during the summer months to minimize disruptions. In cases where families want to travel together all the time, online school is also a possibility.

The best part of bringing your kids along when you travel? Not only will your expenses be covered, but you’ll also be earning money while you’re there - a great way to cover travel-related costs, such as entertainment and attractions. Not to mention all the travel rewards you’ll rack up.

4. “What will we do when we travel?”

The answers to this question are exciting and near-endless! Traveling gives kids an opportunity to experience different places, cultures and communities. If your children are anxious about new things, invite them to join you in researching locations beforehand. Identifying interesting events, museums, parks and other attractions can help keep kids eager for and engaged during your next locum tenens assignment.

Locum tenens work is not only suitable for healthcare practitioners with kids of all ages, but also offers many perks for families. Still, it’s natural for kids to have questions about how your work as a locum tenens clinician will impact them. Keep these responses on hand to set their minds at ease while informing them of the many amazing aspects of locum tenens life. And keep in mind that the VISTA Staffing team is committed to supporting a smooth transition to locum tenens life for you and your family.

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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.