Make this holiday season merry and bright – for patients and providers.
The winter holidays bring a unique challenge for healthcare leaders. During this time, healthcare demand spikes, and provider availability declines. Patients need services, but providers need time off. In response, administrators may feel like they have to make tough and often unpopular decisions to meet coverage needs.
But, that doesn’t have to be the case. Locum tenens support can be the solution to ensure a smooth holiday season and spread some holiday cheer. Locums physicians and APPs can alleviate burdens on permanent staff, give providers much-needed vacation time with family, and ensure patients have continued access to safe, high-quality care.
Two Challenges Combined
Higher demand for health care during the holidays. Typically, emergency department patient volume is higher during the holidays (EHS). First, the winter holidays coincide with flu and respiratory virus season – and more recently, COVID cases. Further, many people become lax about their diets, medications, sleep habits, and overall health during the holidays. Some overindulge in food, drink, or other substances, leading to more emergency room and physicians’ office visits. Moreover, there may be an increase in alcohol poisoning, broken bones, slips, falls, and other accidents during this time.
Increased requests for vacation time. There’s no place like home for the holidays, and of course, physicians and APPs want to spend time with loved ones this time of year. Many want to take vacations, see relatives, or simply relax. Others need respite from the demands of caring for patients with COVID. Administrators inundated with leave requests may respond by asking other providers to work extra shifts. But this strategy can add to providers’ stress levels and reduce morale.
Locums Is the Solution
Here’s how using locum tenens support can give your providers much-needed relief and keep your facility running smoothly and effectively during the holidays.
Locum support can help you:
Meet complex scheduling demands – Many providers request leave for the same shifts or have last-minute changes to requests. Locums providers stand ready to mobilize quickly and can fill in as needed.
Avoid provider burnout – Asking permanent providers to take additional shifts and cover for one another may contribute to burnout. Using locum tenens relief can give your physicians and APPs a much-needed break and time to refresh.
Provide continued access to high-quality care – Patients need and expect safe, high-quality care, even when regular providers are out on vacation. When you partner with a trusted locum tenens agency, you’ll have access to skilled, quality professionals to ensure seamless, uninterrupted care for your patients.
Spread Some Holiday Cheer
Avoid the “Bah Humbug!” Get locums support to ensure your staff and patients have a merry and bright holiday season! We’re here to help.