It is worth stating that locum tenens has become wildly popular in the American healthcare system. In spite of all this popularity there are still very many misconceptions around it thus there is a need to shed some light into it and eliminate the ambiguity that leads to the development of such myths and misconceptions.
There are some people that believe that one cannot build a full time career from locum tenens. There are some people that view it as inconsistent and not viable as a career that one can build on. 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. Also there are many hospitals that share this model thus the healthcare provider can be kept as busy as they want.
It is true that one can work as a locum tenens even if they have a full time job. This is true because initially it was providers that had a private practice or a full time job that used locums as way to get extra income. Over the last copule of years many hospitals have designed work programs that enable full time healthcare providers to work in their facilities. Some of the available options include working on night shifts or working over the weekend in a facility nearby or in one that is located elsewhere.
The other myth that needs to be addressed is the fact that locum tenens is a smart move to make in one’s career. Locum placements enable the healthcare provider to experience new things in other practice settings thus they are always in the know regarding new scientific developments in the field of medicine. Locum tenen is an easy entry point for graduates to gain work experience as they look for a full time job. Locum tenens gives the healthcare provider the chance to sample out various career options before settling on one.
If one fancies traveling then locum tenens is a great option since it will give them a chance to travel to any place they want for both work and leisure. Locum tenens can be used as a chance to visit dream vacation spots. For people that love the outdoors then they can apply for work in areas near a game park or in the wilderness so that they can have a chance to work and also relax at the same time. Working in such places enables the provider not only make money while they are there but also get a chance to tour the place without the constraints that come with holding down a full time job.
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.