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Top Five Benefits of Locum Tenens

It can be nerve-racking starting a new job in a new organization or hospital; it can be even more nerve-racking when you start a new position at a new hospital multiple times a year! For this reason, we’ve compiled a list of some of the top benefits of locum tenens work to keep in mind to ease your nerves as you start your new locum tenens position.


But before we dive into that topic, here is a brief overview of what locum tenens work is.


What Is Locum Tenens Work?

The phrase locum tenens, translated from Latin, means “to hold a place.” Similarly, locum tenens doctors accept temporary positions in order to fill in for other physicians or to cover a gap in a medical facility’s schedule.


These assignments can take anywhere from a few days to several months, and can be in any part of the country so long as the provider can obtain the proper credentialing and travel.


What Are the Benefits of Locum Tenens?

No matter where you are in your healthcare career, working locum tenens can be a valuable and rewarding experience. If you’re considering this option, here are several key advantages to keep in mind:


  • Financial benefits
  • Freedom to travel
  • Reduction in administrative duties
  • Flexibility
  • Exposure to different practice settings

1. Financial Benefits

Locums providers often make a higher hourly rate than permanent full-time hospital-employed clinicians.  As a locum tenens provider, you’re taxed as an independent contractor or a corporation and many of your expenses can be written off.


Regardless of where you are in your career, you’ll reap the benefits. Just starting out? Locum tenens can help pay off medical school debt. Mid-career? Earn extra income in your time off. Ready to scale back? Locum tenens allows you to maintain a skill set while working at a slower pace and continue to earn income. In fact, the main reason many clinicians choose locum tenens work is to supplement their income.


2. Freedom to Travel

Locums is a lifestyle that allows you the chance to explore different parts of the country, meet new people and experience new things. If you’d like to experience different practice settings or enjoy exploring a variety of cultural and recreational opportunities across the country, locum tenens is the way to go.


Travel used to be more appealing to the locum clinician new in their career, but in recent years locum tenens assignment’s have become more attractive to the more experienced medical professionals interested in exploring the country while advancing their professional skill set.


3. Reduction in Administrative Duties

Locum tenens providers are not tied down with bureaucratic headaches or hospital politics and rarely have teaching responsibilities. Additionally, they don’t have to deal with billing, coding, or staffing management issues.


Locum clinicians get to spend more time doing what they love — working and treating patients. This locum tenens benefit not only makes your job more rewarding, but it can pay off in the long run. Successful locum clinicians are often asked to return when the need arises.



4. Flexibility

You choose when, where, and how much you work to obtain a better work-life balance.  Locum tenens can also help clinicians fight burnout in their careers.


Alternatively, your flexibility can help provide a permanent clinician  with a much-needed break, helping to battle burnout among colleagues, as well.



5. Exposure to Different Practice Settings

Different practice settings and facilities allow clinicians at any stage in their career to “try it before you buy it,” as well as maintain or build a skill set. Locum tenens also allows clinicians to work in communities that are severely underserved or lacking access to healthcare  services.


Although this may sound like a negative from the viewpoint of patient care, it has actually been found that locum tenens physicians tend to increase patient satisfaction ratings.



Closing Thoughts

Hopefully this article has helped you learn more about the benefits of locum tenens, along with the job duties that go with it. At D&Y, we want to ensure you’re as informed as possible when making a decision about your career in the healthcare field.


Please be sure to check out our homepage to learn more about locum tenens and if it’s a right fit for you.


Alternatively, you can contact us using the form below to ask our team any questions you may have.


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