For many, retirement is the light at the end of the tunnel—after working hard for your entire career, you’ve earned the right to relax and live off the fruits of your labor. However, according to the AARP, around 2.3 million people who called their careers quits during the COVID-19 pandemic are unretiring. And the great unretirement isn’t slowing down: a brand-new survey published by ResumeBuilder.com revealed that 12% of retired Americans say they’re very likely or somewhat likely to go back to work next year. If you’re a retired physician, nurse practitioner (NP), physician assistant (PA), or dentist who’s looking to rejoin the workforce, here’s why partnering with Barton Associates for locum tenens work is the right next step for you.
Why Are People Reversing Their Retirement?
As mentioned earlier, some Americans retired earlier than they may have originally expected because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now that it’s a few years after the pandemic began, many of the restrictions and concerns that marked the disease’s early days have eased significantly as effective vaccines have become available.
While that might serve as a high-level explanation for why people are returning to work, ResumeBuilder.com’s survey delved deeper into the pressures recent retirees face. One of the biggest factors spurring the return to work is money—according to the survey, 61% said they were unretiring because the cost of living has increased. Similarly, 34% said they were reversing their retirement because they didn’t save enough money to stay retired, and 34% said outstanding debt pushed them back into work.
Money isn’t the only reason why Americans are choosing to come back to work. In fact, 34% said they were returning to their professional lives to combat boredom.
The Benefits of Taking Locum Tenens Jobs
If you’re a retired healthcare provider who wants to rejoin the workforce but doesn’t want to take on a permanent position, locum tenens is an option to consider. As a locum tenens provider, you will act as a travel healthcare worker, taking temporary assignments at understaffed medical facilities across the country.
One of the best benefits of taking on locum tenens work is that you get to construct your own schedule by picking and choosing the assignments you take. When you partner with us to find a locum tenens job, you’ll be set up with your own personal recruiter who will get to know you, your professional goals, and your personal needs. Only want to live on the East Coast? Looking to work just a few months out of the year? Your BA recruiter will search through our open job listings and pitch you the assignments that make the most sense for you.
In addition to more flexible schedules, locum tenens providers often earn more than their permanent counterparts due to the temporary nature of the positions and the need of the facilities for extra help. When you partner with BA, you’ll also gain access to:
- Licensing and credentialing teams that will assist in obtaining credentials, privileges, verifications, certificates, and new state licenses (or reactivating lapsed state licenses)
- An in-house travel team that will coordinate and pay for travel-related details, such as flights, baggage fees, rental cars, and lodging
- High-quality and free malpractice insurance up to $1,000,000 per claim and $3,000,000 aggregate (and higher limits as required in certain states)