Providing objective answers to your locum tenens questions

Locumstory.com is your online resource for physicians, PAs, and NPs who have questions about the opportunities, adventures, and challenges locums assignments offer. It’s also a good starting point for those who are still deciding if locums fits their career, and their life. Click around, read on, and join in the conversation as we continue to add chapters to the powerful story that is locum tenens.

Considering locums? See the latest locums demands, rates, and shifts for physicians.

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Data provided by locum tenens agencies. Data is general in nature and for reference only. Pay, schedules, and assignment lengths can vary by region and facility.

Temporary assignments, permanent financial reward

Locums assignments almost always pay more than permanent positions. If you’re looking for numbers, the rate is trending at 33–50 percent more per hour. Overtime and on-call time can be part of your contract for added earnings.

Increased compensation can mean many things, including the freedom to pay off debt and retire earlier. Also, when you work as a locum tenens provider for a reputable agency, typically you’re working as an independent contractor. That comes with multiple tax advantages, increased income, malpractice insurance coverage, and paid travel and housing costs.

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Your life’s work doesn’t have to be all your life

Let’s address the 8,000 lb. gorilla in the exam room: work/life balance. As a healthcare professional, you’ve more than paid your dues financially and emotionally in medical school and during training. Then come the responsibilities of permanent positions — administrative duties, charting and billing, staff issues, and other bureaucracy.

Locums eliminates many of the elements that can lead to burnout, giving you more time to focus on patients, the rapid pace of medical change, and, yes, life outside the white coat or scrubs. And with its financial and lifestyle benefits, locums is becoming the primary career choice for more and more physicians.

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Working when, where, and how much you want

More than 40,000 healthcare professionals work locum tenens in all 50 U.S. states and around the globe. And over 90 percent of U.S. healthcare facilities require the services of a locum tenens physician every year.

With all the opportunity out there, locums gives you more control over your career. If you prefer holding a full-time, permanent position, it turns weekends or working vacations into substantial income sources. At the same time, more and more healthcare professionals are seeing the benefits of making locums their career choice. And when you think about it, locums is just that, choice. Discover how to put more choice into your career.

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