From the philosophical to the financial, the reasons physicians and advanced practitioners cite for working locums are nearly as varied as the number of medical specialties practiced today. Here are some of the most common reasons for choosing to live the locum lifestyle:
Work/life balance and career flexibility
Working locum tenens gives you space to breathe and enjoy a higher quality of life. It also lets you balance your work life with your family life, because you get to choose when you work and where you work. Whether you’re looking to spend more time with your kids, step back from work but not fully retire or enjoy life’s other pursuits, locum tenens could be a great fit.
Trying out a new position before committing to anything permanent
Locum tenens allows you to gain hands-on experience in a given position, helping you to make a more informed decision about whether a position is a good fit and a sound permanent choice.
Traveling and exploring new destinations
The need for locum tenens physicians and advanced practitioners can be found across the country in rural and urban settings and everywhere in between, which means there are plenty of opportunities to experience new places or get reacquainted with familiar ones. Locum tenens providers often enjoy this exploration without spending a dime, as travel and housing are typically provided by the contracting facility.
Avoiding the administrative aspects of a traditional medical practice
Which is more satisfying, paperwork or patients? While you will still have some paperwork to complete, locum tenens lets you step away from the business side of the healthcare profession and immerse yourself in what you do best – treating patients and making a difference in the lives of others.
In longer term scenarios, healthcare providers experience additional benefits including:
Try out a practice setting
A temp-to-perm opportunity allows you to evaluate a hospital, clinic or practice hands on before you and the facility decide whether it’s wise to take the relationship to the permanent level.
Get to know the patient base
Working locums-to-perm can help you gain a greater understanding of a community before serving it on a permanent basis, thus improving your chances for personal satisfaction and professional success.