10 November 2015
Due to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the healthcare industry has had to adjust to many changes over the past few years. Factors ranging from a dramatic rise in the number of insured Americans to an emphasis on outcome-based care have required healthcare organizations to reassess their hiring strategies and address the challenges associated with the current shortage of healthcare professionals. In an effort to ensure they can meet the demand for care and serve an ever-evolving patient population, medical facilities have increasingly been turning to locum tenens professionals. According to Randy Hurley, a Managing Director within The Execu|Search Group’s Locum Tenens division, there are opportunities for physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants to fill these roles across the country, and this hiring trend shows no sign of reversing. “The perception of Locum Tenens, which in Latin means ‘holding one’s place’ or ‘substitute for’, has significantly changed over the years,” he says. “While these clinicians have traditionally been used for this place-holding purpose, today, facilities now also use locums strategically to supplement their staff. In this sense, locums have truly become an integral part of an organization’s long-term success and are considered just as valuable as longer-term team members.” For physicians, NPs, and PAs interested in learning more about locums work, consider these 4 benefits: Flexibility: One of the primary benefits of becoming a locum clinician is your ability to be flexible with the type of opportunities you take. For example, Julie Ramos, who is also a Managing Director within our Locum Tenens division, has placed physicians at a wide-range of facilities including hospitals, ambulatory care centers, urgent care clinics, primary care clinics, and long-term acute care centers. This flexibility extends to scheduling as well. “Locum tenens can take jobs based around their personal needs or preference to work or not work during certain months,” notes Julie. “Since there are so many available opportunities, you can really be in control of your career and be more selective with positions you take.” Diverse Experience: Since locums are able to choose from a variety of assignments, one has the opportunity to build a diverse range of skills while gaining exposure to a wide variety of practice settings. “Healthcare facilities that employ locum tenens tend to cover the locum’s travel and other related expenses, so this kind of work can be a great opportunity for someone who wants to see the country, while gaining experience with a wide variety of medical technologies, record systems, and practice areas,” says Randy. “As you build your skills and diversify your experience, you could very well discover that you enjoy working with a particular patient population or practice-setting that you might not have been introduced to otherwise. It’s also a great way to ensure that your skills are always up-to-date with current market trends.” Competitive Compensation/Benefits: The demand for locum tenens professionals is driven in part by the shortage of healthcare professionals. As a result, medical facilities are offering very competitive rates in order to attract the best locum clinicians to their organization. “Employers – especially those in rural areas where the shortage is more pronounced – know that physicians and advanced practitioners understand their value and can be more selective with where they decide to take their talent,” says Julie. “That’s why locums are truly in control of their own earning potential.” Other benefits of being a locum include nationwide travel and malpractice insurance – which are both covered by the employer. Stability: All of the aforementioned benefits have made locum tenens work a very sustainable long-term career path. “Many locums cite the high demand for their skills, high salaries, and abundant flexibility as top reasons for loving the work they do,” explains Julie. “Because of the large patient volume currently being seen, physicians and advanced practitioners can feel secure in their ability to find a job at any time and have more control over their contract.” According to Randy, if you have the abilities to quickly adapt to change and hit the ground running on day one, you can thrive in a locum tenens role. “Locums might have an hour-long orientation where they get their badge and are set up in the computer system, but after that, are expected to see patients. As a result, if you are quick on your feet, adaptable, and well-versed in medical technology, you’d make a great fit for this type of work environment. Why not try one assignment and see if it’s a good fit for you?”
10 November 2015
Author: The ExecuSearch Group
Whether you find yourself working from home on a regular basis, or simply due to extenuating circumstances such as bad weather, it can be easy to become distracted in your own home. And why wouldn’t it be? It not only contains all of your favorite things, but also may tempt you to attend to your responsibilities outside of work such as personal errands and cleaning! That being said, here are a few tips to make sure you stay on track and meet potential deadlines while working from home. Identify your supervisor’s expectations No matter what your profession, there is a certain level of work your supervisor expects you to complete within a given day. Don’t fly blind; consult with them about their expectations regarding the volume of work you produce. Remember, just because you’re not in an office, doesn’t mean your supervisor expects anything less than high quality work. It may help to write these expectations down and keep them near you as a reminder and motivator. Get dressed Lounge clothes and pajamas are comfortable, but that comfort can make them very distracting. Part of the morning routine for those who don’t work from home is getting dressed for the day, which puts them in the working mindset. So before you start your day, take the time to get yourself ready from head to toe. While we’d all like to stay in our sweats all day, work appropriate clothes will help you remain alert and productive. Set goals Setting and meeting goals is an important part of a productive day, so start your day by setting some goals for yourself to ensure a smoother and more effective use of time. Starting the day at 9? Try setting goals to accomplish by noon. Just ate lunch? Make a list of tasks that need to be completed by the end of the day. Setting checkpoints for yourself through the duration of the day is key to staying on track and not falling behind. Schedule breaks Peppering scheduled breaks throughout your day not only gives you a time to relax, but can increase productivity as well. That being said, working from home can be highly conducive to procrastination and extra-long breaks, and it can be hard to get back to work after a short time away from your desk. To make the most of your time, plan for an appropriate lunch break as well as a short afternoon break and stick to them, no matter how difficult it may feel. Limit media distractions When working from home, there may be more access to distracting media such as Facebook and Twitter than if you were in a traditional office. Utilizing programs such as Cold Turkey can temporarily block your access to distracting websites and can help you to avoid the temptation of non-work related websites. Similarly, minimizing phone distractions can help you to be more productive while at home. Though you may not want to turn your phone off entirely in case of an emergency, putting your phone on vibrate and/or away from your direct reach can make it so you’re not tempted to habitually check your texts or apps. Staying focused is one of the main keys to success when it comes to working from home, so identifying what could be potentially distracting and taking the necessary steps to ensure interruptions are kept to a minimum is one of the best ways to stay productive.