You’re In Demand: Why Locum Tenens Is Right For NPs
The physician shortage in areas such as Primary Care and Psychiatry has caused a dramatic increase in the demand for Nurse Practitioners. Resulting from an aging population and changes in the healthcare system, many facilities all over the country are left without adequate coverage, and the problem will only continue to grow. In order to fill those gaps, facilities are turning to locum tenens Nurse Practitioners.
Your services as a Nurse Practitioner are in high demand because facilities are employing locum tenens NPs to fill gaps in coverage. As a Nurse Practitioner you can combat the shortage and optimize your career by exploring locums work.
What is Locum Tenens?
Locum tenens is a Latin term meaning “temporary placeholder.” Locum tenens physicians and Nurse Practitioners provide care to patients temporarily – anywhere from a couple days to many months – in a facility that needs coverage. Facilities hire locum tenens providers to cover vacation time, account for seasonal high volume, combat high patient wait times or step in until a permanent hire is found. There are locums opportunities all over the country, but you are not required to be mobile. You can find opportunities in the area you live in.
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Why is Locum Tenens Right for Me?
Big, small, urban, government and private facilities use locum tenens. The benefits to you as a Nurse Practitioner include:
- More career independence and flexibility: You’ll have more variety of opportunities, the ability to chose your own schedule and freedom to coordinate your career to your liking.
- Extra income: If you’re looking to pay off student loans or looking to supplement your income, you can work locum tenens in addition to regular employment by picking up moonlighting or weekend coverage.
- A greater range of career experience: Being exposed to new environments/ hospital systems and learning to adapt to them can provide greater opportunities to expand your career.
- Traveling: Working locum tenens gives you the opportunity to see various parts of the country.
Nurse Practitioners are an important part of the solution to reducing patients’ barrier to care and providing better patient outcomes.
Source: American Association of Nurse Practitioners