One of the most common questions I receive is regarding the stability of being a locum tenens nurse practitioner. Is there consistent work? Are there periods or gaps with no jobs available? Looking back at the past year, 2017, one thing is clear. I worked way too much! More so, I worked more than I originally planned. I meant to spend most of 2017 traveling abroad but accidentally got caught up in work.
As soon as I finished my assignment in Virginia and needed to be home in Miami after Hurricane Irma, I was able to start working on another assignment. The only ‘gap’ was the 1 week road trip I purposely took on my way down to Florida. Once I completed my assignment in Miami, I had another assignment waiting for me, in which I started the following Monday.
To further illustrate the consistency and abundance of locum tenens job, is how quickly I was able to obtain an assignment after leaving the site in Tampa, Florida. I decided to leave that assignment early (I made this decision on a Wednesday). The following day, Thursday, I notified my recruiters that I would be available for another assignment. Friday was my last day in Tampa, FL, and during my lunch break I was already being interviewed for another job. By Friday afternoon, I had already been offered and accepted my next assignment. This new job started the following week. Luckily, it was right after new years so I had Monday off to recuperate.
My family and friends were impressed about how quickly I was able to get a new assignment. Personally, I wasn’t surprised because that’s just part of being a traveling nurse practitioner. I work with about a dozen recruiters at any given time to provide me with as many job prospects as possible. That’s why I always encourage my readers to credential with various agencies, and not limit yourselves to just one or two. There is a primary care provider shortage in America – someone is bound to have a job opening for us! J