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Working Locum: Finding the Right Fit

There are a variety of reasons why healthcare practitioners choose to work locum tenens. Whether picking up a few shifts for extra income or working full-time as an independent practitioner, the experience of working locum is one filled with flexibility and full-time income potential.

While there are many benefits to becoming an independently contracted physician or advanced practice provider, there can also be a lot of decisions to make. You will choose your location, shifts, and schedule.

Some key questions to ask yourself early on to decide if working locum is right for you:

How far am I willing to travel? 
How frequently do I want to travel? 
What length of time do I prefer to be away? 
What volume of patients am I comfortable covering? 
What length of shifts do I want to work? What pay rate do I need? 

The transition from being employed by a hospital, clinic or another agency to being a self-employed independent practitioner is about finding the best fit for you. Keeping an open mind will allow you the flexibility to try out a few things first-hand before making a long-term commitment.

Interested in learning more about working locum and the opportunities available to you? Contact a member of our recruiting department at (888) 733-4428 or download Wapiti’s Official Guide to Working Locum.

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