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


  • How does housing work for locum tenens positions? Would I need to have my own housing for my “off” days?


Housing options vary by agency, sites, length of assignment, and locations. For the most part, the average locum tenens assignment is 3 months long and you will be provided an apartment or hotel for the duration of your assignment. So if you are off for the weekend, you will still be able to live in the accommodations provided.

 Some assignments only want local providers so they do not offer lodging. In these cases, people commute from their homes.

There are sites that will provide their own housing options, especially if they are located in rural areas. For instance, there was an Indian health services location that provided a house for each of its locum tenens providers to stay in. I also know of a remote facility that housed its providers in a dorm like building and offered free breakfast on the first floor.

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