What Does Locum Tenens Mean?

Working locum tenens jobs is an attractive option for doctors to gain clinical experience, get career flexibility, and avoid burnout. When locum tenens providers are engaged, rested, and well-paid, they’re able to provide better care, which benefits everyone — especially patients! What is locum tenens and what is the meaning of locum tenens? Watch the video and keep reading to find out.

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What is a Locum Tenens Physician?


“Locum Tenens” is Latin for “holding one’s place.” 

A locum tenens staffing and recruiting agency such as Barton Associates assigns physicians, PAs, NPs, CRNAs and dentists to short- and long-term positions at hospitals, medical practices and organizations across the United States.

There is a critical shortage of healthcare providers in the United States — and this shortage is growing at an alarming rate. This is where locum tenens providers can assist. In many markets and areas of practice, the supply of doctors is not sufficient to meet the needs of healthcare practices and their patients.

As a result, organizations are increasingly turning to locum tenens firms such as Barton Associates for fast and efficient physician, physician assistantnurse practitioner, CRNA and dentist staffing solutions.

Who’s "Going Locum Tenens"?

The increased need for healthcare providers across the country creates a challenge that locum tenens is uniquely suited to solve.


Locum tenens adds hiring flexibility for both clients and healthcare professionals because of its short-term assignment structure. This means companies looking to hire a healthcare provider are no longer at the mercy of long contracts and lengthy approvals.

Additionally, clients are not limited to only local providers. Healthcare providers enjoy the locum life as well because they too are not limited by local clients, giving them the flexibility to travel and work where they’d like, when they’d like. Win-win!

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