What Is Locum Tenens?

Locum tenens is a Latin phrase that means “to hold a place.” Today, the term refers to physicians and advanced practice clinicians who fill in for other staff on a temporary basis. Locum tenens assignments can range from a few days to up to six months or more, offering flexibility for medical providers and facilities alike.

Locum tenens agencies partner with hospitals and other healthcare facilities across the country to fill their staffing gaps and recruit qualified locum tenens physicians , nurse practitioners (NPs), physician assistants (PAs) and certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs).

Why Employers Hire Locum Tenens


Hospitals, physician practices and other healthcare employers hire locum tenens providers for a variety of reasons, including to:

  • Fill vacancies while maintaining patient care quality
  • Add flexibility to physician and clinician staffing plans
  • Test the need for a new staff position or specialist
  • Control long-term recruitment and overhead costs
  • Maintain or grow their patient base and satisfaction scores

  • Locum Leaders works with small and large healthcare facilities alike. We get to know your needs, develop solutions and place qualified candidates who meet your specific goals.

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    Why Physicians and Advanced Practitioners Work Locum Tenens

    Locum tenens providers enjoy a unique lifestyle that allows them to travel to new places and work short-term assignments. Some locum physicians, NPs, PAs and CRNAs choose locum tenens to:

  • Take control of their career, choosing their work environment and schedule
  • Gain experience in their medical specialty
  • Try out a new city, just for a short time or to consider a permanent move
  • Make more time for family or other obligations
  • Transition from full-time to part-time, or from working to semi-retirement
  • Concentrate on patient care instead of managing a practice


  • The team at Locum Leaders takes care of the documentation, medical licensing and logistics of getting our locum physicians and clinicians to their new places of employment. Once an assignment begins, we also pay your salary and provide professional liability insurance, housing and other benefits.

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