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.
A common misconception is that locum tenens cannot be a full time career. There are some people that view it as inconsistent and not viable as a career that one can build on. 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. A lot of hospitals have adopted the locum tenens models thus there is plenty of work available.
A known fact is that locum tenens was first popular among providers that had 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. Most healthcare providers design a working schedule that allows healthcare providers to moonlight or work 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. One of the merits of locum tenens is the varied work environment that allows practitioners experience new advances in medicine in various areas. 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.
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 healthcare providers that fancy the wild outdoors then they can apply for a locum in a facility near a game park or in the wilderness. 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 evolved over the years from being a gig that someone did when they are free to a full time career that can be leveraged to gain so many things that may not be available in a full time position.