It is worth stating that locum tenens has become wildly popular in the American healthcare system. In spite of all this popularity there are still very many misconceptions around it thus there is a need to shed some light into it and eliminate the ambiguity that leads to the development of such myths and misconceptions.
A common misconception is that locum tenens cannot be a full time career. There are some people that view it as inconsistent and not viable as a career that one can build on. In the past locum tenens might have been inconsistent but due to its uptake by most health facilities then this has changed and most hospitals have openings designed around this concept. Also there are many hospitals that share this model thus the healthcare provider can be kept as busy as they want.
The other myth is that one can work locum tenens even if they have a full time job. This myth is true since many practitioners who have private practitioners or hold full-time jobs elsewhere use locums to increase their income. Over the last copule of years many hospitals have designed work programs that enable full time healthcare providers to work in their facilities. Some of the common programs include moonlighting and working over the weekends.
Things have changed and healthcare providers that work as locum tenens can make a full time career out of it. Locum placements enable the healthcare provider to experience new things in other practice settings thus they are always in the know regarding new scientific developments in the field of medicine. Locum tenens are a good choice for new graduates because they give them a chance to build their curriculum vitae from the word go thus putting such a graduate way ahead of his peers. Locum tenens gives the healthcare provider the chance to sample out various career options before settling on one.
For people that like to travel then locum tenens offers the advantage between work and leisure. Locum tenens can be used as a chance to visit dream vacation spots. For healthcare providers that fancy the wild outdoors then they can apply for a locum in a facility near a game park or in the wilderness. The good thing is that the person can have both work and play at the same time since they get a chance to tour the place when they are free and are also able to make money while they are there.
Locum tenens is no longer just a side hustle but a full time career that is laden with so many benefits compared to holding down a full time job in one facility.