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Work-Life Balance and Locum Tenens
Exploring Professional Burnout in the U.S.
While professional burnout can affect workers across any industry, it’s a particularly widespread issue in healthcare. In 2017, 51 percent of physicians reported frequent feelings of professional burnout. For many of these physicians, pursuing a career in locum tenens has been the answer to greater work-life balance.
Experience Freedom and Flexibility
Establishing a positive relationship between work and the rest of your life, commonly known as “work-life balance,” is proven to reduce stress levels, increase focus and concentration, influence greater job satisfaction, and improve health. By offering their care at facilities in need of coverage, locum tenens providers help take the weight of extra shifts off the shoulders of permanent staff.
Locums themselves also experience greater work-life balance. In fact, the freedom and flexibility of locum tenens assignments are among the top reasons providers choose this career path. You’ll choose where you want to work, when, and for how long: a benefit not realized in permanent positions.
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What Is Locum Tenens?
LOCUM STAFFING COMBATS THE PHYSICIAN SHORTAGE
Latin for “holding one’s place,” “locum tenens” is simply another way to say “contract medical staffing.” A locum tenens staffing and recruiting agency such as Barton Associates places physicians, nurse practitioners (NPs), physician assistants (PAs), dentists, and certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) in short- and long-term positions across the U.S.
Whether they’re providing weekend shift coverage or filling in for several months while a facility searches for its next permanent provider, these locum tenens professionals play a critical role in helping hospitals, practices, and companies survive the ongoing physician shortage. By 2030, the U.S. is expected to experience a shortage of 40,800 to 104,900 doctors with an estimated shortfall of 7,300 to 43,100 primary care physicians and 33,500 to 61,800 physicians in nonprimary care specialties.
In response, healthcare facilities across the country are turning to locum tenens staffing solutions to ensure open revenue streams and continuous care for their patients.