Locum Tenens Tips: Preparing for Your Next Assignment

As a locum tenens provider, you have the unique opportunity to explore new regions, make a difference in various communities, and grow personally and professionally. Whether you’re a seasoned locum tenens professional or just starting out, Jackson + Coker will support you through valuable locum tenens tips to help prepare for your next assignment, creating a smooth and fulfilling experience.

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Before your next locum tenens assignment, taking a moment to prepare can transform your experience from good to great. Start with the essentials: work with our staff to ensure all necessary licenses and credentials are up to date and accessible. Familiarize yourself with the specifics of your assignment—know the location, facility, and expectations laid out for you in the job description. 

A thorough plan not only ensures peace of mind but allows you to fully experience the assignment. Our dedicated travel team will provide you with a digital itinerary so you can stay on track throughout your travel. However, we also recommend you keep a physical copy just in case you lose access to the digital version. Here is some information to have written down and saved to your phone: 

  • Recruiter’s contact information  
  • Hospital administrator’s contact information  
  • Flight information  
  • Rental car confirmation  
  • Lodging confirmation  
  • Important addresses  

We encourage you to lean on us as you prepare for your assignment. We have many resources available for you to take advantage of, and our team of specialists are here to support you through each step. 

With detailed planning and our unwavering support, you are empowered to make an impact, embrace flexibility, and elevate your professional journey.  

Establish connections early.

Locum tenens assignments can provide an excellent opportunity for you to create meaningful connections with new people. On your first day, take the initiative to meet everyone in your new workplace including peers, supervisors, and other medical colleagues. Demonstrating eagerness to join the team through simple gestures such as a smile or a handshake highlights your readiness to contribute beyond just your clinical skills. 

Adopt a team-oriented attitude and strive to be a colleague who listens, mentor who motivates, and clinician who offers support. Investment in fostering strong connections will enrich your locum tenens experience, emphasizing the importance of empathy and compassion in your work. 

Stay informed on industry trends.

We understand that staying ahead of industry trends is an important part of being a healthcare professional. That is why we have a curated monthly newsletter focused on industry trends, first-hand locums experiences, and tips for enhancing your career.   

Whether you are exploring new places or seeking to stay updated while on the move, our newsletter ensures you are always inspired and informed. Stay at the forefront of healthcare innovation no matter where your travels take you.   

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Federal facts for you.

We are a Federal Supply Schedule Contract holder. 

Federal Supply Schedule (FSS) Contract: 36F79723D0086, Professional and Allied Healthcare Staffing, effective March 15, 2023, through March 14, 2028.

NAICS Codes:
  • 561320: Temporary help services. 
  • 621111: Offices of physicians. 
  • 621112: Offices of physicians, mental health specialists. 
  • 621399: Offices of all other miscellaneous health practitioners. 
  • 621330: Offices of mental health practitioners.


Once you and our client agree to move forward with your assignment, our privileging team will assist you and the client in gathering information required by the healthcare facility to grant clinical privileges.


We contact the facility’s Medical Service Office (MSO) for their application and requirements.


We will assist you by pre-populating the facility’s application and sending to the MSO.


We will assist the MSO by following up on requested items.


MSO will grant privileges based on your training and experience, and you will be able to start your assignment.

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Maggie Youmans

Senior Vice President, Sales

As Senior Vice President, Maggie oversees several key specialty divisions and adjacent teams. With a demonstrated history of leading teams and developing individuals across the organization, she is dedicated to inspiring, challenging and empowering associates to achieve their personal and professional goals. 

Maggie earned degrees in marketing and management focused on consumer economics from the University of Georgia, Terry College of Business. She enjoys traveling with her husband to visit different bed and breakfasts. Together, they have been able to see the beauty within their own backyard and across the country.

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Anne Anderson

Executive Vice President

"I'm passionate about the locum tenens industry - we make a real difference in the lives of both our heroic healthcare providers and the patients they treat."

Anne has been at the forefront of the evolution of locum tenens for more than 35 years. She’s a respected leader with expertise in corporate operations, risk management, credentialing, and travel services. Before joining Jackson + Coker, she served as Executive Vice President at Medical Doctor Associates, part of Cross Country Healthcare. 

An ardent industry advocate, Anne served several years on the Board of the National Association of Locum Tenens Organizations (NALTO), including two years as president. 

Anne received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Spring Hill College. She is also a PADI open water diver and enjoys scuba diving. 

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