April 16, 2010 -- David Baldridge, president of CompHealth’s locum tenens division, gives advice for providers looking for a locum tenens physician, physician assistant or nurse practitioner job. Baldridge provides an overview of the locum tenens industry by answering ten basic questions, giving healthcare providers looking for locum tenens jobs the facts about what it’s like to have a locum tenens career, whether it’s right out of residency, as a career, or as a transition to retirement.
A physician, physician assistant or nurse practitioner may have a lot of questions about the locum tenens lifestyle: What is a locum tenens career like? What kinds of facilities hire locum tenens providers? What are the current locum tenens career trends? David Baldridge, president of CompHealth’s locum tenens division, recently sat down with ReachMD for a Q-and-A session to answer these questions and more, with the goal to educate healthcare practitioners about what it’s like to have a locum tenens job.
Some highlights from the podcast interview include:
- Who should consider a locum tenens job? Anyone. CompHealth works with doctors at any career stage. They can explore different practice settings and locations. Locum tenens jobs can be used to supplement income, bridge a gap between contracts, or as a full-time lifestyle.
- What should a provider look for in a locums staffing firm? Size, breadth of services, and the opportunities available: location, types of facilities, specialties, length of time, etc. Make sure the firm caters to the appropriate specialties; CompHealth recruits and places every specialty. A good place to start is the member list on the National Association of Locum Tenens Organizations (NALTO) website.
- What types of facilities use locum tenens docs? CompHealth works with just about every type of facility: rural community centers, hospitals, health networks, private practices, etc. Every facility has a need for a locum tenens provider to meet the demand in a variety of situations, including long-term recruiting and stop-gap, seasonal, maternity, or sabbatical coverage.
- What can providers do to ensure they have a successful locum tenens career? Be thoughtful, do the homework and research, and talk to reputable locum tenens staffing firms. It’s a partnership; a recruiter should understand what a provider’s likes, dislikes and preferences are. Keep all paperwork, licensure, and credentialing in order.
To listen to or download the podcast in its entirety, visit www.reachmd.com.