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Why You Should Be Working Holidays as a Locum Tenens

By Melissa Wirkus Hagstrom, contributor

Looking for some holiday miracles this year? Physicians and advanced practice providers have the unique opportunity to generate their own wonders by expanding their careers and caring for others through locum tenens assignments

Working holidays as a locum tenens provider can be rewarding both professionally and personally. Excellent pay, networking opportunities and the ability to help patients when they need it the most are just some of the reasons why many clinicians opt for locum tenens assignments, either to supplement their current job or as a full-time opportunity.

So if you are thinking of working the holidays as a locum tenens this year, here are a few reasons why the idea deserves some serious consideration. 

Earn extra holiday cash and benefits

The holidays can be a financially stressful time of year for many people, and today’s uncertain economic climate has only magnified the issue. 

By working holidays as a locum tenens, you have the opportunity to earn more compensation than in a traditional job as a permanent physician or other clinician. Many providers take time off during the holiday season, giving locum tenens the ability to step in and provide staffing coverage. Most facilities also offer shift differentials and bonuses for working on major holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

In addition to great pay, most locum tenens recruitment firms offer a host of perks and benefits. Locum Leaders, for instance, will take care of any state medical licensure issues on the behalf of the locum tenens provider. They also offer malpractice insurance and reimbursement for housing and travel. They can even make your housing arrangements, if you wish.

The team at Locum Leaders takes pride in their ability to handle the documentation and verification process for all of their temporary physicians and clinicians, and their licensing experts can act as a liaison with state boards and other entities. 

Expand your career, and your perspective

Working holidays as a locum tenens can also enhance your clinical skill set, help you network with talented colleagues in the medical community and expand your personal horizons. By practicing medicine in a new city or state, you are exposing yourself to new technologies, procedures and different patient populations -- all of which can help grow your career over time. 

In addition to giving your resume a boost, locum tenens work can offer a fresh perspective in your personal life. Consider an assignment that will let you explore a new region of the county, or check some dream locations or activities off your bucket list. Do you hate the snowy winters of the Northeast? Then how about an assignment out West where you can leave your snow boots behind? You never know what may come up when you take a chance on a locum assignment in a new-to-you location. 

You’ll also discover that each region and community has their own special way of celebrating the holidays. 

Make an impact during an unprecedented time

According to the COVID Tracking Project, a volunteer organization launched from The Atlanticand dedicated to collecting and publishing the data required to understand the coronavirus outbreak in the United States, as of November 10, 2020, nearly 62,000 people were hospitalized with a COVID-19 diagnosis. This record-breaking number signals the trouble that may lie ahead for U.S. hospital systems.

With hospitals reaching capacity in several states, locum tenens providers working through the holiday season and beyond can provide much needed relief to overworked clinicians.

Locum Leaders is in constant communication with hospitals and practices nationwide, and continues to respond to COVID-19 area needs while making the safety of locum clinicians a top priority. 


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LOCUM LEADERS has part-time and full-time assignments for the 2020 holiday season, and early 2021.