Like most things in life, success can often be determined by how well you choose your partners and working Locum Tenens is no different. Your experience will vary depending which Locum Tenens firm or firms you partner with so I wanted to share some key factors to keep in mind when making your selections.
Point of contact. Most of your dealings with Locums will be through your physician recruiter so you need to make sure you get along well with this person, that they are well organized and that they do and deliver what they say they will. You should also ask how long they have been in their role as there are many things that can create issues during this process and you want to have someone working with you who has experience dealing with these kinds of issues.
Compensation. Make sure you know going into it how often you will get paid and if your pay rate is competitive for the marketplace. Some companies pay weekly while others run a longer cycle so this is definitely something to consider when choosing who to work with.
Breadth of opportunities. At the end of the day you do Locums to work and make money so you want to make sure the firms you work with have a steady flow of work for you in the states your licensed. Every firm has a strong area so it’s certainly fair game to ask how many open orders they have and how many they typically have at any given time.
NALTO member. With nearly 200 Locum Tenens firms out there in the marketplace it can be nearly impossible to evaluate who is the best fit for you. One thing you should look for is if the company is a member of NALTO (National Association of Locum Tenens Organizations). It’s not that being a member of NALTO will guarantee you have a great experience but for a firm not to be a member of an organization dedicated to ensuring quality and ethics to me raises a red flag.
If you haven’t worked Locums before it might be helpful to speak with colleagues and ask if they have any feedback on any Locums experiences. I would also recommend going to the NALTO website and reaching out to a few firms listed there to get a sense of who you might want to partner with.