Alpharetta, GA (Vocus) July 23, 2008
Travel. Career flexibility. Professional stimulation. Work-life balance. Extra income. These terms summarize providers' open-ended responses when physician recruiting firm LocumTenens.com asked what working locum tenens has given them the freedom to do.
Responding to the question were more than 700 locum tenens providers in a range of specialties, roughly 12 percent of whom were certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs). Approximately 18% of respondents reported providing locum tenens services part-time while holding down full-time jobs. (For a summary of the survey findings, please visit http://www.locumtenens.com/LT_freedom.)
"Physicians' motivations for doing locum tenens work were even more varied and interesting than we expected," LocumTenens.com Senior Vice President Pamela McKemie said of the physician survey. "We're placing some motivated individuals into American healthcare facilities."
Many respondents cited 'control of their time' as their primary motivation for working locum tenens. Representative responses included:
A number of providers have used that freedom and career flexibility to achieve major life goals, often benefitting "the greater good" at the same time. For example:
Perspective and Romance
Many physicians reported gaining valuable insight on their lives and careers while earning extra income through locum tenens jobs. "Locum tenens has given me extra income to completely fund my children's college 529 accounts," wrote a Connecticut-based anesthesiologist. "On a professional level locum tenens assignments have let me evaluate practices of all types (and made me realize that my full time job is not so bad!)."
A physician from a village near Syracuse, New York reported, "…I have returned to obstetrics after doing gynecology only for 13 years and love the experience. I have left the desktop, 'comfort zone' of same day in, day out and feel I am 'back practicing medicine with a smile on my face.' "
One CRNA even found true love during a locum tenens assignment. "It is all about location, location, location," the Florida-based provider wrote. "… I met my husband of 17 years working in a little town of NC. That is a great story of happiness for both of us."
Founded in 1995, LocumTenens.com is a full-service physician & CRNA recruiting firm specializing in anesthesiology jobs, cardiology jobs, psychiatry jobs, radiology jobs, surgery jobs and CRNA jobs with U.S. hospitals, medical groups and community health centers. LocumTenens.com is part of the Jackson Healthcare family of companies. To learn more, visit LocumTenes.com/welcome.