Tips for Your Next Locums Assignment

Consider these things before leaving for your locums assignment.

Your focus should be on your patients, not what’s happening at your house.

You love the opportunity to travel across the country taking locum tenens jobs. Experiencing new places, new sights and sounds. But how can you secure your home-base while you’re away for days or weeks at a time?

Here are things to consider before you leave:


Strategies to make your home have that “lived in” look while you’re away on a locum tenens job include:

  • Hire a house-sitter or asking a neighbor stop by periodically.
  • Put holds on mail and newspaper delivery so they don’t pile up.
  • Install motion-sensor lights outdoors and setting indoor lights on timers to come on at different times.
  • Make sure to leave a key and security system code with a trusted relative or friend.
Bill pay.

It’s easy to forget the basics while you’re away. Before you leave, set a plan to make sure all bills are paid during your assignment. You may want to:

  • Set up automatic payments for utilities, rent/mortgage, car payments and insurance.
  • Pay ahead if you know how long you’ll be away.
  • Enroll in e-billing so you can pay from your laptop or smart phone. Create a calendar of due dates and set up notifications on your phone so you

Jackson + Coker offers locum tenens physicians a weekly direct deposit so you don’t have to worry about getting paid while on assignment. We always pay on time.


Prepare your house to sit idle.

  • Ask a friend to take out your garbage.
  • Hire someone to mow your lawn or shovel snow from your walk and driveway.
  • Unplug/disconnect electronics, including your garage door.
  • Turn off your water supply. Consult your heating professional on whether it’s safe for your particular system. Remember to also leave on fire sprinklers.
  • Set your thermostat to a safe temperature to keep away condensation in the summer or to protect pipes in the winter.
  • Check your sump pump to avoid rainwater issues in your basement.
  • Don’t forget your car! Have someone drive it around the block a few times periodically.

Create a checklist that you can go back to each time you leave for an extended assignment. Then you can feel secure knowing everything is safeguarded back at home.

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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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