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    What is Locum Tenens?

    Locum tenens is a Latin term meaning "to take the place of" and it applies to a medical professional who fills a transitory need at a hospital or other healthcare facility. The assignment may be as brief as providing added coverage for one week to fulfilling an extended or long-term need.

    An increasing number of anesthesiologists and CRNAs choose locum tenens work for a number of reasons, including the opportunity to: quickly build clinical experience, work in different geographic areas and practice settings, supplement income, reduce paperwork and eliminate medical malpractice insurance payments (since the hiring facility typically provides malpractice insurance for locum assignments).

    Physicians and nurse anesthestists choosing locum tenens work often fall into one of three groups. Some new medical professionals may not be certain where they want to practice and what type of environment they are looking for, so they may accept a few locum jobs to experience different settings before deciding on a permanent position. Semi-retired providers may not be ready to completely exit the field and choose the flexibility offered by locum tenens to maintain their skills. Anesthesiologists and CRNAs that are or will be between positions may also opt for locum tenens.

    Locum tenens is appealing to many providers because it provides exposure to different experiences and practice environments. In addition, doctors and nurse anesthetists maintain a great deal of control over their schedules, choosing the various shifts, days and times they want to work. Many locum tenens positions can become permanent, allowing the provider to "try it on" without making a commitment unless there is the right fit.

    More medical facilities are turning to locum tenens as an option to fill an immediate need or secure emergency coverage so that patient care is not compromised. Facilities may also use locum tenens when staff physicians or CRNAs are on an extended leave of absence.

    Locum tenens providers report a tremendous amount of satisfaction with their careers. In addition to the opportunity to earn top pay rates based on geographic region and practice area, anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists enjoy a flexible schedule and are able to broaden clinical skills through experiences in different environments.

    If you are interested in learning more about locum tenens work, please request a call and one of our healthcare staffing partners will contact you shortly.

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