It is worth stating that locum tenens has become wildly popular in the American healthcare system. It then follows that due to its increased popularity locum tenens has led to the development of some myths and misconceptions.
A common misconception is that locum tenens cannot be 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. This is not the case these days as facilities have developed myriad options that cater for locum tenens such as the availability of full time positions on locum, extended locum contracts or locum-to-term openings. Many health facilities have designed structures around locum tenens and it is rare to find a facility that does not have locum openings.
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. 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 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. One of the many advantaged of locum tenens is that one gets to experience new working environments thus leanr a lot of new things in the process. Locum tenens are a good choice for new graduates because they give them a chance to build their curriculum vitae from the word go thus putting such a graduate way ahead of his peers. 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.
If one fancies traveling then locum tenens is a great option since it will give them a chance to travel to any place they want for both 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. Working in such places enables the provider not only make money while they are there but also get a chance to tour the place without the constraints that come with holding down a full time job.
Locum tenens has many benefits and it has now shifted from just being a side gig to a job that offers so much flexibility and learning opportunities to any healthcare provider.