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5 Mistake Locum Tenens Providers Make (and How to Avoid Them)

Author: Mark C. Royer, MD, MBA

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Locum tenens providers play a crucial role in providing temporary healthcare services in a variety of settings. However, like any profession, there are common mistakes that locum tenens providers can make that may negatively impact their experience or the quality of care they provide. In this blog post, we'll discuss five of these mistakes and offer some suggestions on how to avoid them.

Mistake #1: Not researching the facility or area beforehand.

Before accepting a locum tenens assignment, it is important to research the facility and surrounding area. Failing to do so can lead to unexpected surprises and a negative experience.

Tip to avoid: Take the time to research the facility's website and reviews, reach out to other locum tenens providers who have worked at the facility, and research the surrounding area. Consider your personal preferences and what is important to you in a work environment and community.

Mistake #2: Overcommitting.

It is easy to overcommit when working as a locum tenens provider. However, taking on too many assignments can lead to burnout and a decrease in the quality of care you provide.

Tip to avoid: Set boundaries and only take on as many assignments as you feel comfortable with. Don't be afraid to decline an assignment if it doesn't align with your schedule or personal commitments.

Mistake #3: Not getting to know the permanent staff.

As a locum tenens provider, it is important to build relationships with the permanent staff you work with. Not doing so can lead to miscommunication and a lack of cohesion.

Tip to avoid: Make an effort to introduce yourself and learn about the roles and responsibilities of the permanent staff. Building a good relationship with the permanent staff can lead to a more positive work experience.

Mistake #4: Not asking for adequate information and details about the assignment.

One of the biggest mistakes a locum tenens provider can make is to not ask for adequate information and details about the assignment. Without proper information, it can be difficult to provide high-quality care and be successful in the role.

Tip to avoid: Ask for as much information as possible about the facility, patient population, schedule, and expectations before accepting the assignment. This will help you prepare and make informed decisions.

Mistake #5: Not taking care of yourself.

Working as a locum tenens provider can be physically and mentally demanding. Failing to take care of yourself can lead to burnout and negatively impact the quality of care you provide.

Tip to avoid: Prioritize self-care by taking breaks when you need them, eating healthy and nutritious meals, and getting enough sleep. Make time for activities that bring you joy and help you unwind.

Working as a locum tenens provider can be a rewarding experience, but avoiding common mistakes is important for success. By researching the facility and area beforehand, setting boundaries, getting to know the permanent staff, asking for adequate information about the assignment, and prioritizing self-care, you can make the most of your locum tenens experience and provide high-quality temporary healthcare services.

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