Questions from Readers

Each month I will include a blog entry answering some of the most common questions I get from readers about locum tenens as a nurse practitioner. Feel free to comment any questions you have or email me at travelingNP.com@gmail.com.

How does dating work as a locum tenens nurse practitioner?

 

Many traveling nurse practitioners I know travel with their spouse or significant other. The agencies will certainly accommodate your needs with lodging. Some partners have flexible jobs where they can work from home, making it easy for them to travel. Some partners will fore-go their current job and may pick up seasonal jobs in their new living area. I also know some couples that will just take turns visiting each other throughout the assignment.

For single locum tenens nurse practitioners, traveling actually helps with the dating process. People always ask me if it’s hard to date since I am always moving around. I tell them no, that in contrary it is actually easier to date since I am traveling. This is because I end up meeting way more people than I normally would. I am even able to meet different types of people too.

Miami isn’t known for having an intellectual atmosphere, which made dating pretty tough when I lived there. Being able to move to different cities, I am able to meet people that more closely fit my needs.

Some of my friends that are travel nurses, ended up dating someone while on an assignment. To figure out if things would work, they extended their assignment. If the relationship became serious they eventually just settled down in that city permanently.

In a couple of states that I traveled to, I ended up meeting and dating someone while I was there. By the near end of my assignments, I had to contemplate if staying was worth it. In one instance, I decided to move on. In another case, I decided to extend my assignment to see where things would go. It was nice to have that companionship while I was there, but I do not think I am at the stage where I am looking for something long-term.

Locum Tenens Blogs – June 2017

Each month I share blog posts about locum tenens and nurse practitioners from around the web.

Considering a Locum Tenens Nurse Practitioner Assignment? Here Are 3 Questions to Ask

Great article about some important questions to ask prior to starting an assignment or during an interview.

Staying Centered on the Road: Tips for Traveling Locum Tenens Providers

Some interesting tips on maintaining your overall health with life on the road.

Need a Vacation? How to Hire a Locum Tenens Physician or Clinician for Your Private Practice

I think this article can easily address reasons why any nurse practitioner should consider working in locum tenens.

Questions to Ask: Finding the Right Locum Tenens Assignment

For those of you just starting out in locum tenens, this article includes a list of recommended questions for you to ask your recruiters.

Lastly, Barton Associates just released this Nurse Practitioner Resource Hub which is a good tool for all nurse practitioners, even those not currently traveling.

Frustrations of Starting in Locum Tenens

I have been working as a traveling nurse practitioner for a while now, that I forgot how frustrating it could be to initially work in locum tenens.

 

  • Tons of paperwork: Each time you accept a new assignment you have to be credentialed with the new site. This requires filling out tons of paperwork and providing copies of your licenses, vaccination records, certifications, references, etc. If you are also working with a new agency for the first time, expect your paperwork to double. In addition, you will have to do a drug test for both the agency and site.

 

  • Last minute: There will be times you won’t know your exact start date until 1 week out or less. There will be times you wont know where you will be living until the morning you leave. It may be scary at first, but part of working in locum tenens is being okay with the unknown. After a while, you get used to knowing things last minute.

 

  • Licensing issues: Is your license taking longer than you thought? Maybe you didn’t realize you also need a prescribing license, in addition to the RN and ARNP licenses in that state. Some agencies have really good licensing teams that can get in touch with the state board of nursing and expedite the processing of your licenses.

 

  • Recruiters: Not having a good relationship with your recruiter can make your locum tenens experience awful. Your recruiter should be your advocate. If they are putting you down and not being helpful, ask for a new recruiter!

 

I think the above four topics are probably the most frustrating aspects of starting a career in locum tenens. After a while, you get used to those things and realize the benefits of being a traveler outweigh the nuisances. Also, keep in mind that being a traveling nurse practitioner isn’t for everyone.

Locum Tenens Blogs – May 2017

Each month I share blog posts about locum tenens and nurse practitioners from around the web.


Check out this article I am featured in talking about pay and benefits of working as a traveling nurse practitioner. I think many people in the medical profession think it’s a downgrade being a locum tenens worker, but it truly is not!

 

As a woman and a nurse practitioner, I have to share:

SoFi (peer to peer lending company) that I used to refinance my student loans, is currently promoting Raise Week. Check out Sofi Raise Week for tips on how to ask for a raise you deserve! Don’t forget, you can also get a raise as a traveling nurse practitioner.

 

I know some working mothers that work locum tenens home health. The schedule is definitely flexible and you can often see as many or as little patients as you want. You are often paid per patient instead of hourly so this may be beneficial. For example, you may be paid up to $100 per patient so you would only need to do 5 home visits per day to make adequate pay. Read more about some perks of working in home health:

 

There continues to be an increased need for nurse practitioners and locum tenens professionals. Read the article below for more details:

 

 

 

If you missed last months posting, you can find it here.

Locum Tenens Blogs – April 2017

Each month I share blog posts about locum tenens from around the web.


The Art of “Holding One’s Place”: Working With Locum Tenens Clinicians

I really enjoyed reading this article from Barton Associate’s Blog. Many other healthcare professionals have stereotypes about locum tenens providers. It was nice to see that other providers are beginning to see the qualities and strengths of locum tenen co-workers. At my current assignment, some of the physicians were surprised that I did not want to accept a permanent position. They asked me why I didn’t “prefer to have consistent work”. I explained to them that with locum tenens, there is consistent work. If anything, there are more jobs to choose from, and I prefer to have flexibility.

 

Is Locum Tenens Right for You? [Quiz]

If you are on the fence about starting locum tenens, click on the link above and take the quiz to figure out if locum tenens is for you.

 

A couple of other articles I think you may find really interesting were written by a fellow Nurse Practitioner Dr. Melissa Decapua:

5 Qualities of a Successful Nurse Practitioner

How Much is a Nurse Practitioner Worth?

 

If you missed last months posting, you can find it here.

Locum Tenens Blogs – March 2017

 

Each month I will be sharing blog posts about locum tenens from around the web.

 

I love this recent post about being a pro traveler. TSA pre-check is a must for me because I don’t have to worry about what I am wearing or if it will be annoying to remove my laptop out of my backpack. I used to travel with a large tote but it became so heavy that I opted for a backpack, during all of my travels now. Read more below:

Travel Like a Pro on Your Next Locum Tenens Assignment

 

With the new year underway, it is probably time to update your resume. Locum Tenens CVs are different than your typical resume because you will have tons of jobs listed. Instead of writing the same thing for each job such as “taking care of patients”, try to detail different procedures done such as pap smears, joint injections, suturing etc. Also detail the type of patient population you worked with (elderly, pediatrics, homelessness etc) and the type of EHR utilized. Click the link below for more tips and examples:

The Perfect CV for Locum Tenens Providers

 

Be sure to check out:

Locum Tenens Is Supplying the Medical Workforce of the Future

 

If you missed last months posting, you can find those blog articles here.

Locum Tenens Blogs – February 2017

Each month I will be sharing blog posts about locum tenens from around the web.

This month there a few articles from Barton Associate‘s locum tenens resource, Clinician Today, that I would like to share with you all.

Top 5 Reasons to Be a Locum Tenens Doc, PA, or NP: A must read if you are contemplating kicking off a career as a locum tenens nurse practitioner.

Top 5 Reasons to Be a Locum Tenens Doc, PA, or NP

 

Also, check out:

How to Achieve a Work-Life Balance in Healthcare: It is definitely a challenge finding the right balance between working in medicine and home-life. This article contains quotes from various healthcare leaders!

5 Healthcare Staffing Predictions for 2017: Being both a nurse practitioner and a locum tenens provider will continue to be valuable careers!

If you missed last month’s posting, be sure to sign up for these Helpful Locum Tenens E-Books!

Happy Nurse Practitioner Week!

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Check out Clinician Today ‘s special page dedicated to Nurse Practitioners this week.

It has been filled with the following:

  • NP-specific blog content.

  • Infographic: Can an NP Do That?

  • Resource Wheel: NP Scope of Practice Laws.

  • Video: Facts About the Modern NP Grad.

  • Inspirational stories from NPs about why they chose their profession.

Please check it out and share to help celebrate NP Week 2016! It is always our duty to increase awareness and to share the role of nurse practitioners.