Can You Connect with Patients as a Locum Tenens Clinician?
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Can You Connect with Patients as a Locum Tenens Clinician?

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Can You Connect with Patients as a Locum Tenens Clinician?

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Published 06 June 2017
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Can You Connect with Patients as a Locum Tenens Clinician?
If LJou’ƌe uŶfaŵiliaƌ ǁith loĐuŵ teŶeŶs ǁoƌk, LJou ŵight thiŶk thatshort-term assignments cannot lead to meaningful ĐoŶŶeĐtioŶs ǁith patieŶts. Afteƌ all, LJou doŶ’t see the saŵe patieŶts ƌegulaƌlLJ—as you would in a permanent placementand you might only see a patient one time. So how can a relationship be established, let alone a deep connection?
Truth is, many locum tenens clinicians argue that practicing locum tenens does not hamper the ability to bond with patients. In fact, working locum tenens can actually enhance your patient connections.
We touched on the myth that you ĐaŶ’t get to kŶoǁ LJouƌ patieŶts ǁoƌkiŶg loĐuŵ teŶeŶs iŶ a pƌeǀiouspost, ďut let’s go further here:
You’re There to Fill a Need
Roughly translated from Latin, theǀeƌLJ defiŶitioŶ of loĐuŵ teŶeŶs is ͞to hold a plaĐe.͟ No ŵatteƌ LJouƌ speĐialtLJ, LJouƌ job as a locum tenens clinician is to fill in and be there for patients and make sure they get the care they deserve. Introduce yourself as such, and the chance for a realpatieŶt ĐoŶŶeĐtioŶ is iŵŵediate. TheLJ kŶoǁ LJou’ƌe Ŷot peƌŵaŶeŶt, ďut LJou’ƌe theƌe Ŷoǁ.
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Depending on the location or facility where you serve, you could be the only clinician patients see. In the face of doctor shortages, especially in rural areas and underserved parts of the country, locum tenens clinicians are tasked with pƌoǀidiŶg Đaƌe at soŵe of the haƌdest tiŵes iŶ theiƌ patieŶts’ liǀes. BƌiŶgiŶg kŶoǁledge, skill aŶd dediĐatioŶ to the taďle, locums doctors are met with immense gratitude.
You Can Be 100% On
Working locum tenens gives you the opportunity to create better life balance. The freedom and flexibility that comes with making your own schedule, choosing to travel and block off time for your family can lend itself to greater focus and satisfaction on the job. Plus, locum tenens professionals often have less administrative paperwork and headaches to deal ǁith, ǁhiĐh tƌaŶslates iŶto the aďilitLJ to get ďaĐk to ͞tƌue ŵediĐiŶe.͟
You’re Either Passionate… or Not
If LJou’ƌe dƌiǀeŶ to seƌǀe patieŶts, it doesŶ’t ŵatteƌ ǁheƌe oƌ hoǁ LJou ǁoƌk—you will forge meaningful connections everyday. You may find that the benefits that come with working locum tenens can make your bond with patients even stronger.
We’re Here to Help
Starting out with locum tenens work is edžĐitiŶg, ďut it’s Ŷatuƌal to haǀe ƋuestioŶs. Woƌƌied LJou ǁoŶ’tfit inwhen you land a locum tenens assignment? Not clear aboutlicensing? We’ƌe taĐkliŶg LJouƌ ƋuestioŶs aŶd ĐoŶĐeƌŶs heƌe oŶ ouƌ blog andresources page—aŶd ǁe’ƌe alǁaLJs heƌe to talk liǀe.
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