Working with temporary or locum tenens providers can seem scary at first. You’re dealing with someone that needs to jump into your hospital and pick up where you left off. You need them to be a good culture fit. After all, they will be working with a team that has likely been working together for years. And lastly, you need to trust that they will keep your mission and reputation of providing the best possible patient care their first priority.
That might seem like a lot, but Locum Tenens providers are masters at adapting quickly and filling in during a crucial time for a hospital. Your decision to choose a Locum Tenens provider to fill your schedule at your facility is the best decision you could make.
Now that you know you’re making the right choice, here are three reasons why our Locum Tenens providers are the best:
They Value Their Why
When our clients decide to add Locum Tenens providers to their staff, we know it’s a big decision. They need to know how this new person works, their speed, their bedside manner, etc. This is something we discuss right away with our providers. We love to ask them WHY they do what they do. It’s a great way to get an insight into their passion and motivation for the work they do. Are they doing it as a quick fill in their schedule? Are they passionate about traveling to a new town and being a critical part of solving a problem? Discovering their WHY helps us match them to the right team and fit them to the right schedule.
Their Colleagues Rave About Them
We know that there are always two (or three) sides to every story. This is why we reach out to their references and find out what their colleagues say about their work ethic, how they handle high-stress situations, and how they liked working alongside them. After speaking to their references, we get a clear picture of what it’s like to work with this person and we can decide if they are a good fit to continue moving forward with the position at your facility.
There’s No “I” in Locum Tenens
Acting as a contractor can be a very independent job, but our providers that are lifelong Locum Tenens are far from independent in the workplace. They know that they have a disadvantage when walking into an unfamiliar facility with a brand new team. This is why it’s important that they view your team as their biggest asset. Our providers are team players and are extremely flexible. When we are working together, don’t be afraid to discuss all types of needs at your facility. The more open you are, the better we are at finding providers that will quickly adjust and adapt to your facility.
We love hearing stories from our Locum Tenens providers about the patients they get to treat or the new team they get to belong to. It’s why we do what we do – to help fill that need for the highest quality provider out there. If you have any more questions on how to get started with Locum Tenens or whether a permanent provider could be a better option, we are always here to listen and to help. What has your experience been like when adding a Locum Tenens provider at your facility?