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 is a certain belief that locum tenens cannot be built as 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 so far from the truth since many hospitals have many options when it comes to locum tenens such as full-time positions, long-term contracts and locum-to-term option that rival the stability of any permanent position. A lot of hospitals have adopted the locum tenens models thus there is plenty of work available.
A known fact is that locum tenens was first popular among providers that had a full time job. Locum tenens began as a side hustle among many full-time healthcare providers as a way to get some extra cash. 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.
The other myth that needs to be addressed is the fact that locum tenens is a smart move to make in one’s career. One of the merits of locum tenens is the varied work environment that allows practitioners experience new advances in medicine in various areas. Locum tenens are a good choice for new graduates because they give them a chance to build their curriculum vitae from the word go thus putting such a graduate way ahead of his peers. 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. 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. 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.