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Why Healthcare Practitioners are Making the Switch to Locum

(The following article is from the National Association of Locum tenens Organizations [NALTO] and has been reprinted with permission.)

Healthcare providers of all ages, experience levels, and practice areas can benefit from locum tenens work. Now, more doctors and other medical professionals are making the switch and enjoying the numerous advantages of going locum. Working in the medical field no longer means sacrificing work-life balance to get the career you want.

From a physician standpoint, 78 percent of residents and fellows, 63 percent of solo practice physicians, 64 percent of salaried physicians, and 68 percent of retired physicians said they would consider locum tenens opportunities. Furthermore, up to 90 percent of healthcare organizations used locum tenens physicians within the last year, making it a highly demanded occupation. The reason for the interest in locum tenens work is due to the many benefits, including:

1. Better Financial Outcomes

Recent studies have found that locum tenens healthcare practitioners can earn up to 50 percent more than their traditional counterparts. This is an excellent benefit for those who are new to the workforce and have student loan payments, retired practitioners who are still looking to earn an income, or current providers who simply want to make more money or supplement their current income.

2. Increased Experience

Few things make healthcare practitioners more attractive to healthcare organizations than diverse work experience. With locum tenens work, you can gain an understanding of nearly any area of practice in any location without taking on a long-term commitment. This experience can lead to future job opportunities and increased satisfaction.

3. Improved Work-Life Balance

No career in the medical profession is more flexible than locum tenens work. Locum tenens organizations can create a schedule of work assignments that is amenable to your desired lifestyle. This leaves more time to pursue hobbies or to spend time with loved ones. Furthermore, locum tenens providers do not have to deal with the logistics or politics that are typically associated with full-time practice. This creates a stress-free environment, where you can focus on gaining experience and improving patient health.

No matter where you are in your career, locum tenens work can provide you with numerous benefits. Whether you choose locum tenens full-time or as a supplement to your career, you will experience the advantages associated with this rewarding work. Wapiti Medical Staffing stands out from other medical job recruitment agencies because we put you first. We offer flexible scheduling, credentialing assistance, malpractice coverage, travel assistance, and internal staff available 24/7 to assist you.

Bring us your skills, experience, and passion, and we will take care of the rest. Visit our online provider resources for more information.

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