6 New Year’s Resolutions for Locum Tenens Providers
What are your new year’s resolutions? Well, if you wish for more scheduling control, greater work/life integration, and unique work opportunities in 2023, we suggest committing to the following six resolutions. Each one will help pave the way toward a successful locum tenens journey this year.
Resolution #1: Contact All Star Healthcare Solutions
This is the first step toward your first locum tenens job of the new year. Our recruiters partner with you to find the opportunities that best match your experience and personal expectations. They then walk you through credentialing, licensing if applicable, travel arrangements, and what to expect with orientation at the facility. In fact, our consultants remain accessible throughout the contract, ready to answer questions or provide support if needed.
Resolution #2: Collect documentation
Preparing for a contract, especially your first locum tenens job, entails a multi-step process. Our Online Services team is available to assist you through our streamlined application process, answering any questions you may have and help you easily navigate our Provider Portal. Next, it’s time to verify your education, previous employment, licenses and board status, and other background details. All Star’s licensing and credentialing experts are well versed in the various requirements. Still, compiling the expected documentation (hard copy as well as electronic) ahead of time helps keep the process rolling and gets you to your assignment as seamlessly as possible.
Resolution #3: Pack accordingly
What you bring on a locum tenens assignment varies greatly from what you would pack for a vacation. To make it easy, consider an expandable carryon suitcase. Not only do they allow for more items, but they also typically fit into a plane’s overhead bins so you can skip right past baggage claim upon arrival for shorter contracts. To get ready for each successive assignment, store a separate, fully stocked toiletries bag in your carryon as well as extra phone and device chargers or even a travel charging station.
Resolution #4: Travel efficiently
There are several items that will help make the travel stage more enjoyable, starting with registering for a TSA PreCheck. Skip the long lines at general airport security check-ins for the faster PreCheck station. Additionally, a quality travel pillow or compression socks can help minimize travel fatigue.
Resolution #5: Protect your privacy
Smartphones, Wi-Fi connections, and tablets or laptops add a level of convenience and connection while away from home on locum tenens jobs. However, they also present the potential for security breaches. Before heading out on your next assignment, invest in a portable virtual private network to build firewalls around your private electronic information.
Resolution #6: Be flexible
As a locum tenens physician, nurse practitioner, physician assistant, or certified registered nurse anesthetist, you are walking into an established work environment. An open mind and willingness to adapt to the facility’s systems will help you acclimate more quickly and establish rapport with your peers.
To start your new year with a locum tenens opportunity, call All Star Healthcare Solutions today at 800-928-0229, or contact us online.