How Locum Tenens Benefits Providers
Many healthcare providers we work with are not aware of the ways locum tenens can work for them. Traditionally, providers are encouraged to jump right into full-time positions, but there are many, many, reasons to consider working locum tenens assignments, whether you’re fresh out of residency or a seasoned veteran.
More Time for What’s Important
With a permanent assignment, you might be close to home and be able to see your family each night, but how much of that time spent together is quality time? Full-time providers are typically obligated to work a minimum number of shifts/hours per month. With the flexibility of locum tenens assignments, you could complete your shifts all at once and have the rest of the month to spend with family, friends, and hobbies. The trade-off for those days you are away is enjoying the rest of the month seeing your children go to school in the morning, enjoying time away with your partner, or finally learning to paint or speak a new language.
Surveys indicate that locum tenens doctors can make up to 1.5 times more than their counterparts working as a full-time employee. Working as a full-time locum’s provider can add thousands of extra dollars into your pocket each year. Even if you fall into the category of permanently employed providers or are part of a practice, locum tenens work can be a great way to supplement your income. Plenty of our providers take on assignments seasonally, whether it is for holiday funds, paying for a vacation, or cutting down student loan debt. Any way you look at it, locum tenens provides an opportunity to increase your earnings and further your financial goals.
The kind of work you want, when you want it
As a locum tenens provider, you will have the opportunity to experience different medical settings without being locked into them permanently. You will have the opportunity to work across the USA and find an environment that maximizes your potential. You may feel more comfortable expressing your expertise in lower-volume facilities or perhaps find yourself flourishing in a higher-volume facility. Locum tenens enables you to work in your specialty and encourages you to apply all those years of school and training, into the work you enjoy doing.
Your Skills Are In Demand
Recent studies show a shortage of providers that is only getting worse as time goes on. Between worsening shortages and physician burnout, the number of facilities seeking locum tenens providers is increasing. Your skills can help keep a struggling facility afloat while they build up their roster of medical providers. Also, your skills can help provide coverage during the busy seasons where a facility finds themselves short of staff.
Lexx Healthcare is your ally. After your internal credentialing is complete, we handle many of the details with your external credentialing for each assignment. We assist with licensing and even keep track of your certifications, so you are always in fine shape for work.
Explore the World
Have you seen the Rocky Mountains? The Grand Canyon? Ever been skiing or canoeing? Locum tenens assignments can take you from sea to shining sea if you would like. Maybe you have been looking to move and want to see your options. Explore new states, cities, and hobbies while you earn money.
You’re In Control
You are in control of when and where you work. We schedule work for the dates that you provide, and we confirm them with you. Part of this confirmation is your compensation rate. All these details are proposed and confirmed by you before we officially schedule you for work at an assignment, so you can plan your schedule and finances accordingly. If you plan well, you could spend half the year working and building up your savings and the other half however you would like.