When partnering with a locum tenens staffing company, you and your fellow healthcare leaders want to ensure you are not only getting the most qualified medical professional but also are getting a provider who is a good match in terms of personality and culture. In addition, you want to promote fellowship between your permanent employees and temporary staff members. Read on for several easy-to-implement steps to help you manage expectations and foster teamwork among regular personnel and locum tenens providers at your facility or practice.
- Ensure open, clear communication with the locum tenens provider and that all information is properly relayed. To get everyone on the same page, share a fact sheet or similar document outlining everything from hours to processes and expectations specific to the given department or role. This information will give the locum tenens clinician a better understanding of the requirements and make sure he or she is in sync with what is expected. For instance, if the start time is 8 a.m. but you would like the provider to come in 15 minutes earlier, supply that information at the outset.
- Put into perspective your purpose for bringing in an independent contractor and how it can benefit permanent employees and patients alike. This practice will keep your employees in the loop and pave the way for interpersonal relationships among regular personnel and supplemental staff. You must set the overall tone, be supportive of contracting with locum tenens staffing companies, and promote integration between supplemental and permanent staffs. Whether a clinician is temporarily filling an open position, providing support for someone who is on vacation or ill, or assisting with expansion or growth, he or she is coming in to provide needed services.
- Give the locum tenens provider a thorough orientation and tour as well as proper introductions to the people he or she will be working with and/or need to know. Assign a preceptor to set the tone for collaboration and include him or her in activities, excursions, and other social events. Following practices similar to those used when a new employee is hired can help eliminate surprises.
- Help the locum tenens professional become comfortable with his or her new surroundings. Offer useful information on the community and practice environment. A welcome packet that contains information ranging from policies and procedures to where to report on the first day can make a locum tenens provider feel like part of the team before the assignment starts.
To set the stage for collaboration, there should be an equitable distribution of responsibilities, and regular staff and locum tenens clinicians should be provided with the same infrastructure and support. When core and supplemental staffs are blended effectively, your organization can achieve an even greater advantage thanks to the dynamic combination of diverse experience, respected techniques, and fresh perspectives.
Updated post, originally published April 12, 2016
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