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. Some people believe that it is very inconsistent thus it cannot be viewed as a 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.
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.
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. 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 is also a great opportunity to try out a job that one has an interest in without feeling the pressure to make a 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 good thing is that the person can have both work and play at the same time since they get a chance to tour the place when they are free and are also able to make money while they are there.
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.