Locum tenens has become an integral part of the American healthcare system due to its popularity among healthcare providers. It then follows that due to its increased popularity locum tenens has led to the development of some 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. In the past locum tenens might have been inconsistent but due to its uptake by most health facilities then this has changed and most hospitals have openings designed around this concept. Also there are many hospitals that share this model thus the healthcare provider can be kept as busy as they want.
The other myth is that one can work 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. 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.
Times have changed and locum tenens is no longer just a side hustle but a full time 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. The truth is that locum tenens is a great point for any new graduate to begin from so that they can gain experience in the market. 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. Healthcare providers can look for locums in vacation destinations like Los Angeles which is near beaches and has many ski resorts. 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.