Locum Tenens for Nurse Practitioners (NP)

Are you a skilled Nurse Practitioner? Talented Nurse Practitioners are in high demand. Barton Associates works with thousands of hospitals, medical practices, and organizations across the U.S. that need Locum Tenens Nurse Practitioners (NP) for short- and long-term engagements.

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Locum Tenens Nurse Practitioners Earn, Travel, and Experience More

As a Nurse Practitioner (NP) Locum Tenens with Barton Associates

From advance practice and pain management, to primary care, your specialty is needed in one of our job descriptions. Hospitals, practices, and healthcare companies are turning to Nurse Practitioners (NPs) to manage growing patient populations with the United States.

They are experiencing a physician shortage that’s expected to grow to more than 130,000 by 2025. So much so, that the Bureau of Labor and Statistics predicts that full time and part time NP jobs will grow 31 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. It is a great time to take advantage of the freedom, flexibility, work experience, and unmatched earning potential that comes with locum tenens nurse practitioner job opportunities through Barton.

Barton Associates began placing travel nurse practitioners in locum tenens assignments long before our competition. This means we have the experience and expertise to navigate any licensing and credentialing concerns that may arise. Our locum tenens licensing and credentialing services are among the best in the industry, and our goal is to make the entire process as easy as possible. All you have to worry about is reading the job alert and treating your patients!

Travel Nurse Practitioner FAQs

Know your options!

What is a Travel Nurse Practitioner?

A Travel Nurse Practitioner (NP) has much of the same responsibilities as a permanent NP. However, Travel NPs are considered locum tenens providers, and work away from their permanent location to fill temporary, and often urgent staffing needs at facilities around the country for weeks, or months at a time.

Can a Permanent Nurse Practitioner become a Travel NP?

Absolutely, yes! We cover travel, housing, and handle your licensing, so at any time, current Permanent NPs could make the switch to locum tenens and begin working Travel NP assignments.

Do Travel NPs make more money than Permanent NPs?

Traditionally, yes. Wages tend to be higher as a Travel NP, and much of the pay comes as a stipend, which tends to be tax-free. For that reason alone, working as a Travel NP tends to be more lucrative than working as a Permanent NP.

Barton Testimonials


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Susan S., Locum Tenens Nurse Practitioner — Prompt pay. Great customer service!

Patricia A., Locum Tenens Nurse Practitioner — Barton rocks. My recruiter gets it. I recommend my clinician friends sign up to work locums with Barton. Pronto!

Jill S., Nurse Practitioner — Lael F., in NV is amazing. She has gone above and beyond to help me find work and to make sure I am happy and settled. When there is a problem, she follows up within 10-15 min, sometimes faster!

Check out some more reviews from our other providers!

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Locum Hero Nurse Practitioner Testimonials


“My [Barton] recruiter has been an integral part in my transition from the role of nurse to family nurse practitioner. She helped me through the journey of the credentialing process, job applications, interviews, and re-location. She made sure housing and transportation details were seamlessly taken care of, which enabled me to focus on my daily work responsibilities. Most importantly, she provided encouragement and confidence in my abilities. I love working with her!”




“With Barton, I can get a contract in my job that I want to work three days, four days, and then I can have the rest of the week off and have my free time to explore or travel or volunteer. That is the golden piece of locum work. It’s all in the contract, and whatever you agree on, so you can fill that other side of you. Locum tenens gives me the autonomy to choose my schedule, choose where I want to be, make my own schedule, have flexibility, and make more money. I can’t imagine doing any other job, to be honest.”

Become a Locum Tenens Nurse Practitioner


One of the most fascinating parts, at least in our opinion, about nurse practitioners is how many different paths they can go down at the beginning of their nursing career. You can be an RN, FNP, DNP, and so many more. But have you considered turning all of those wonderful specialized nurse paths into locum tenens careers? Being a locum is one of the reasons Feneta F.C., FNP has stayed in practice.

When we spoke to her in 2019, she told us “I think it’s actually made me, probably, stay in healthcare longer. I think, if I were working full-time, I probably would’ve retired by now.”

Her secondary reason for making the switch to locums is the flexibility that comes along with it. “I have elderly parents back home in England, and this was a good way to enjoy life and then also, to be able to go see my parents when I wanted to,” she said. A common positive attribute associated with being a locum provider is having the ability to build your schedule to meet your needs. “I love it because it does give you incredible flexibility and, for me, at this point in my life, this is very important,” she said. Read more of Feneta’s story.

Regardless of what you are looking for in your nurse practitioner career, there is likely a locum tenens assignment for you! Read some more testimonials from real NP locums and learn how making this career move was the correct one for them!

Whitney H., CNP

Nadia Santana, DNP

Terry R., NP

Cynthia J., NP

Want to learn more about how becoming a locum can change your career? Check out our resources page for more.

Need a new state license? Here are the states you can get a nurse practitioner license in under eight weeks!

Don't See Your Specialty?

These are just a few of the 100+ specialties we work with. Visit our locum tenens job board to search for assignments in your specialty.


How It Works

Barton coordinates your job search from start to finish!



We’ll schedule a phone consultation with a Barton Associates team member to discuss your interests, goals, and work history in order to get a sense of what you’re looking for in your next job.

Your Barton team will then go to work, compiling a list of open jobs in our extensive network that match your interests and skill set.



Once you’ve had a chance to evaluate your list of opportunities, your Barton rep will submit your information to facility you want to take an assignment at.

If there’s a match, we’ll work with the client manager on next steps.



Don’t worry! Barton Associates will handle licensing, credentialing, and travel arrangements before you arrive.

Your Barton rep will also work with your new facility to ensure you’re set up and ready to go on day one.


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