Locum tenens has become an integral part of the American healthcare system due to its popularity among healthcare providers. Just like any other popular thing it has become bombarded with facts and misconceptions about it.
A common misconception is that locum tenens cannot be a full time career. There are people that belief that locum tenens is so unreliable such that they would not even consider it as a full time career. This is not the case these days as facilities have developed myriad options that cater for locum tenens such as the availability of full time positions on locum, extended locum contracts or locum-to-term openings. A lot of hospitals have adopted the locum tenens models thus there is plenty of work available.
It is true that one can work as a locum tenens even if they have a full time job. This myth is true since many practitioners who have private practitioners or hold full-time jobs elsewhere use locums to increase their income. The good thing is that many facilities are able to adjust to the schedule of such healthcare providers and offer them locum opportunities that fit their schedule. Some of the common programs include moonlighting and working over the weekends.
Things have changed and healthcare providers that work as locum tenens can make a full time career out of it. One of the merits of locum tenens is the varied work environment that allows practitioners experience new advances in medicine in various areas. Locum tenen is an easy entry point for graduates to gain work experience as they look for a full time job. It also offers some flexibility before settling on a particular career line since there is no long term commitment.
For people that like to travel then locum tenens offers the advantage between work and leisure. Locum tenens can be used as a chance to visit dream vacation spots. They can also opt to work in facilities near national parks and even near the wilderness if they are the adventurous type. The beauty of working in such places is that the person can work and also get time to tour the area in their own spare time without the need to travel to the place if they were permanently employed in a facility that is far away.
Locum tenens is no longer just a side hustle but a full time career that is laden with so many benefits compared to holding down a full time job in one facility.