What Is Locum Tenens?

Locum Tenens

[lo·cum te·nens] / noun
1 Latin for one holding a place.

Locum tenens providers temporarily fulfill the duties of other practitioners, assisting a hospital or practice that is short-staffed. The physician shortage and demographic shifts have increased the demand for locum tenens physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and CRNAs across the globe. With a wide range of available opportunities, locum tenens is well worth considering.

Locum Tenens Job Search

Many medical professionals enjoy working locum tenens at various stages of their careers and lives. You may be inclined to accept locum tenens assignments if you:

  • Recently completed training and are exploring career options 
  • Retired from full-time practice but are not ready to stop working entirely 
  • Are interested in gaining experience in a new subspecialty 
  • Want greater freedom and flexibility with your schedule and better work/life balance 

Explore the advantages of working locum tenens:

One week a month? Three months a year? A six-month assignment followed by six months off? As a locum tenens provider, you have the flexibility to create your own schedule and select where you work, such as at a hospital, an office-based practice, rural health clinic, or government facility.

Choose where to practice as a locum tenens provider and line up assignments that allow you to pursue your hobbies and interests in your dream locations.

Working locum tenens engages your intellect, allowing you to experience different regions and cultures, make new professional and personal contacts, and learn new technologies.

Locum tenens helps create financial security. With the extra income, you can pay off student loans, cover immediate and unexpected expenses, save for your children’s college education, and build your savings.

The “locum lifestyle” is low hassle and will free you from the day-to-day responsibilities of running a practice—from hiring and training staff to purchasing malpractice insurance and handling overhead costs.

Locum tenens lets you test drive a position with the potential for permanent placement, check out a new area before making a big move, and gain worthwhile experience in a new subspecialty area.

We invite you to request a consultation or call us at 855.301.0563 to discuss why working locum tenens may be right for you.

Locum Tenens 101 Guide

Our locum tenens guide for physicians, CRNAs, advanced practitioners, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants.

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