Video: 5 Myths About Locum Tenens

Posted on: September 30, 2016

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Barton Team

Maybe you have heard about locum tenens, but haven’t explored further because you have some concerns. This is understandable! Because the locum lifestyle is different from a traditional medical career, there are many myths surrounding it. As a result, it can be easy to mix up fact and fiction.

Check out our video explainer above to learn about locum tenens myths — and see how we bust them!


The locum tenens lifestyle offers independence and flexibility, yet we still hear from clinicians who aren’t sure if it’s right for them.

It’s time to clear the air! Here are some of the biggest misconceptions around locum tenens:

1. “Locum tenens is a last-resort option.”

FALSE! Locum tenens lets clinicians try out different practice styles, facility types, and locations. Many healthcare professionals choose the full-time locums lifestyle partially because of the flexibility and control it gives them over their careers and lives.

2. “A locum lifestyle is too unpredictable and will create an unstable work schedule.”

FALSE! Physicians, PAs, NPs, and dentists favor the freedom and flexibility that come with a locum tenens career. As a locum provider, you get to choose where, when, and what type of assignment in which you want to work.

3. “With so many hospital affiliations, I will be drowning in paperwork.”

FALSE! While paperwork is a part of the process, you are far from alone when you pursue a locum placement. From completing applications on your behalf to tracking down important information, dedicated recruiters and credentialing team members will be there to take care of everything you need.

4. “Locum tenens assignments will negatively affect my CV or credentials.”

FALSE! The experience you gain as a locum provider will make you an even more attractive candidate and strengthen your CV for future employers.

5. “Locum tenens only means part-time vacation coverage for facilities.”

FALSE! The truth is, organizations use locum providers for more than just short, placeholder assignments. Many bring in locums on an ongoing basis from a few weeks to a whole year to ensure their staffing levels can meet patient needs.

Interested in debunking more myths about locum tenens? Talk with a Barton Associates rep today to learn more!

About Barton Team

We're Barton Associates, the Locum Tenens Experts. We work with thousands of hospitals, medical practices, and organizations across the United States and its territories that need talented providers for short- and long-term engagements. Inspired by the pioneering, humanitarian work of Clara Barton, the Barton Team recruits physicians, PAs, NPs, dentists and CRNAs in a wide variety of specialties, so that we can quickly place them in locum tenens assignments nationwide.

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