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Fact or Fiction: Understanding Locum Tenens

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

Fact or Fiction Understanding Locum Tenens

Many myths circulate around locum tenens work, causing qualified practitioners to avoid this exciting career path. It can also keep clinics and other healthcare centers from finding the professionals that they need. Therefore, it is vital to continue debunking these fallacies so that the truth about locum tenens becomes more widely known.

In reality, locum tenens work provides diverse experiences, the chance to travel, and needed flexibility. Here are some myths about these roles along with facts to dispel them.

Myth #1: Locum Tenens is Inconsistent

Many people fear that assignments – and their finances – can dry up unpredictably with locum tenens work. Fortunately, it is a myth that there are prolonged dry spells. In reality, there is a shortage of physicians in many practice areas. Keeping demand high and making it easy to find new assignments when your current ones end. Often, you can even find recurring assignments in the same facility!

Working with a locum tenens agency makes it even easier to avoid unwanted gaps in employment. The agency will take your needs and preferences into account when making selections for future assignments.

Myth #2: You’re Away from Family for Extended Periods

There is a large variety of locum tenens positions available, and this makes it so that you can find one that meets your needs for flexibility. Clinicians can take day or weekend shifts or even bring their families along on assignments. However, those who do want longer-term assignments can get them as well. The wide range of opportunities allows you to choose the assignments that fit your desires in terms of flexibility.

Myth #3: You’re Assigned to Undesirable Locations

While some may choose to accept positions in more rural locations to provide care to underserved communities, there are plenty of openings in more appealing areas as well. Depending on your preferences, you can choose a facility near the beach, in a bustling metropolis, or close to home. As a locum tenens clinician, you have the ultimate say in where you take an assignment.

Myth #4: You Can't Build Patient Rapport

Some clinicians considering locum tenens fear they won’t have enough time to build rapport with their patients. The truth is that locum tenens clinicians can often spend more time with patients because they don't have as many administrative duties as permanent staff members. They may even have the opportunity to take recurring assignments at a facility to build lasting relationships with patients.

Myth #5: The Pay is Lower for Locum Tenens Positions

This myth is outright false. Locum tenens clinicians often make hourly rates that are 33-50 percent higher than those of average full-time staff. Working with a locum tenens agency like VISTA makes it even more likely you’ll receive great pay, as we offer excellent compensation. We also eliminate placement fees, so that you can save money on these recurring costs.  

Myth #6: Locum Tenens Negatively Impacts Your CV

Working locum tenens gives you the chance to gain experience with many different settings, patient populations, EMR systems, and facilities. When appropriately explained in your CV, this makes it even more attractive to potential employers and improves your chances of getting better opportunities in the future.

As this shows, locum tenens is a viable and rewarding career option for all clinicians, but there are many misconceptions about this path. Now that you're armed with the facts take the next step and contact a full-service locum tenens agency like VISTA to help you explore available locum tenens opportunities.

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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.