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The Truth About Locum Tenens (3 More Myths Debunked)

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Feb 20, 2017 8:30:00 AM

truth-about-locum-tenensThe myths surrounding locum tenens work continue!

In a previous post, we addressed misconceptions around job factors such as money, stability, workload, and the ability to really get to know your patients as a locum tenens clinician. We’re continuing to tackle the many myths of locum tenens here. Have you heard any of these before?

Myth 1: Locum Tenens Clinicians Are Given the “Unwanted” Jobs

Locum tenens work is not “bottom of the barrel” work. It is just as critical and can be just as rewarding as permanent placements. There are opportunities for any clinical specialty in a variety of settings, with chances to save lives and take on exciting cases, help short-staffed facilities or fill a critical need in underserved regions.

Myth 2: Locum Tenens Means Traveling

The chance to travel is a definite benefit of locum tenens work, but not a requirement. Ultimately, it’s up to you how far you travel and how often. If you prefer to expand your career while staying close to home, you might discover there are plenty of locum tenens work opportunities close by. Make sure you let your recruiter know your requirements and preferences so that they can find you assignments that will be a good fit.

Myth 3: Locum Tenens Clinicians Are Seen as Incompetent

If you’ve ever considered locum tenens work and this myth stopped you, reconsider—because it’s simply not true! Most physicians and advanced practitioners are familiar with locum tenens as a practice alternative, and locum tenens clinicians are widely accepted by colleagues and patients.

Any other locum tenens myths out there? Let us know and we’ll do our best to keep on debunking!

Contact VISTA today or visit our job board to see where locum tenens could take you.

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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.