By Christine Whitmarsh, RN, BSN
So far, my Locum blogs have focused on the mounting physician shortage that is affecting all parts of America, particularly rural and inner city populations. In no way, does this underestimate the critical roles of travel RN anesthetists, travel nurse practitioners and travel physician assistants. These medical professionals are not simply “replacements” and certainly not “second best” to physicians.
Each one of these medical professionals is a valued primary care provider or in the case of CRNA’s, valuable members of the patient care team, and each is in high demand to fill open Locum job positions across the country. This is a unique time for Locum job providers who literally want to map out which job, which clinical setting, which specialty area, and which state they want to work in.
This is the time to be proactive in your multi-state licensing, make sure that your CV is current and competitive, maintain your certifications and do your research. For instance, the greatest needs for primary care providers are in underserved populations such as rural and inner city areas. Research the region you want to work in and find the patient populations where you are needed the most. That kind of flexible thinking is most likely to help you find the job assignment you want in the specialty and clinical setting of your choosing. Locum jobs hold specific benefits for primary care providers in all stages of their career. Contact a Locum tenens job travel recruiter to share your research and goals and find out what locum tenens jobs are waiting for you.
Christine Whitmarsh is a Registered Nurse with a BSN from the University of Rhode Island. She is a freelance health journalist and medical writer and a contributor to Travel Nurse Source and Allied Travel Careers.