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:
|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 as a locum tenens practitioner and the opportunities available to you? Contact a member of our recruiting department at (888) 733-4428 or download Wapiti’s Official Guide to Becoming an Independent Practitioner