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Meeting characters in a land with character - my locum tenens assignment in New Mexico

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Apr 15, 2014 2:13:00 PM

As we were traveling to Taos for my locum tenens assignment, we were crossing a large area of plains on the way to Las Vegas, New Mexico.We ran across a man on a horse.He looked like he was out of the 1800s.He had a long beard and an oil-skin coat; he rode on a paint pony and he was leading another pony.We stopped and talked with him and photographed him.His name is John Wayne Haynes.He was traveling on a long ride from Michigan to Santa Fe!It took him over six months to make his trip and he has been acclaimed by the Long Riders Guild, which chronicles such things.It turns out that he has become quite well known.We have since gotten to know him.My wife, Dee, has done two paintings of him that are on her website,www.deebearddean.com . They have aroused a lot of interest.

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Locum tenens on the top of the world

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Apr 10, 2014 4:15:00 PM

Hafa Adia!Greetings from Guam...the top of the world, 7000 miles from home.Top of the world?Yes, if you consider that Guam is the summit of a seamount higher than Everest, rising 36,201 feet from the depths of the Challenger Deep in the (newly designated national marine monument) ariana Trench.Pretty amazing!

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Work hard and reward yourself with a little R&R

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Mar 11, 2014 1:33:00 PM

 


During a recent locum tenens assignment in Winslow, AZ, we took a weekend trip to Sedona. Had a great time and loved the scenery. Here we are sporting our VISTA t-shirts.

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Beautiful places, wonderful people – from the journal of a locum

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Mar 4, 2014 12:47:00 PM

 

Working as a locum has been quite the adventure. We are into our second year and have been to Washington, Arizona, Idaho, Alaska and Bermuda. The longest job has been two months, and the shortest was a week. My husband has enjoyed working with the people in the clinics he's been to. He says, seeing the patients is the easy part. It's the different computer systems in each office that is the challenge, but his skills have been rapidly improving.

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Change, opportunity, and the chance to pursue our passions (locum tenens, education, activism, and photography)

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Mar 4, 2014 11:47:00 AM

I remind myself frequently that change is good. This year the community hospital at which I practiced emergency medicine for more than a decade relocated. Patient volumes dropped dramatically. Ironically, in this world of physician shortages and long emergency department waits, I found myself working fewer shifts than I wanted.

But here’s the part where change is good. My wife and I started thinking about options. We thought about going to interesting locations where she could pursue her passions—she’s an activist and a photographer –while I practiced medicine and developed my other passion—science education. Locum tenens offered us the chance to at least try to have it all.

I’m now working emergency medicine assignments with VISTA and finding more time to present and refine the first module of an educational program I developed that is called Inner World Discovery (IWD).

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Can I take my knitting needles on my locum tenens flight?

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Mar 3, 2014 11:53:00 AM

No, this is NOT the strangest carry-on question I’ve received, but in thinking about physicians traveling to locum tenens assignments and actually having a little free time to pursue other interests, it seemed like a good answer to share.

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Locum pets require almost as much planning as locum doctors

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Feb 19, 2014 12:48:00 PM

 

Checklist for international assignment for Dr. Jennifer R., emergency medicine:

Registration—check; visa—check; credential packet—check; travel arrangements—check; husband’s travel arrangements—check; travel arrangements for two 90-pound Akitas—uh, check.

International assignments generally last about a year, so it’s not unusual for a locum doctor to ask about taking a beloved pet along on the adventure. VISTA just placed the emergency medicine physician featured above in a 12-month position in New Zealand, spouse, dogs, and all. I thought this would be a good time to share a little information about taking your furry pals along on an international locum tenens assignment.

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Finishing in 50 states! A note from a locum tenens psychiatrist

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Jan 30, 2014 12:46:00 PM


Dear Friends at VISTA!

Big news! As of May 2, when I finished the Providence, Rhode Island Marathon, I have run, walked, limped, etc. the requisite 26.2 miles in all 50 of our fine states! I’ve been at this pursuit since 2001, when I turned 60 and decided I needed to get in better physical shape. On one of my early marathons I learned of the “50 States Marathon Club,” which I qualified to join after finishing 10 states. I joined and got the T-shirt!  It has been a fun association and continuing motivation to keep running. I have now earned the privilege of wearing the much coveted shirt that says, “50 States Finisher.”

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Time flies. Keep up.

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Jan 2, 2014 11:59:00 AM

It is not easy—when you have been in medicine for a long time and worked in a lot of places—to get through all the documentation material and pick up a new license or two when you decide to sign up to work with locum tenens staffing agencies.But (VISTAites) Bessie Thornton, Chris Taylor and Sean Clark have been very good to me and have found me good situations to work in. It does take some focus and attention to keep the work situation going while making sure you have the time you need to climb, hike, fish, ski, play tennis, golf and keep the house from falling apart.My move to Colorado has accentuated the way time flies with the change of seasons vs. living in California where there is little change of season. Makes it more important to keep your scheduling skills sharp and VISTA has been a big help to me.

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Things to know about social networking for a locum tenens

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Dec 17, 2013 12:37:00 PM

 

Social media.  It’s not a new concept, but it’s certainly one that has gained unprecedented momentum in the past decade.  With the growing popularity of networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, as well as the ease and regularity of “googling,” it’s important to consider how tweeting and photo tagging will affect your career as a physician.  With more than 400 million active Facebook users and Twitteradding an estimated 300,000 new users each day, the chances of remaining untouched by social media are slim.

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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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