If your hospital, clinic, or practice uses locum tenens providers to handle gaps in coverage resulting from unexpected absences, illness, vacations, training, or continuing education, you are not alone. In fact, these are common reasons why facility decision-makers seek the services provided by locum tenens staffing companies.
While they may not be top of mind, several other situations exist in which locum tenens coverage proves an ideal staffing solution. Three such scenarios include:
- Support following a natural disaster. Catastrophic occurrences—such as earthquakes, floods, and tornadoes—cause patient volumes in affected areas to swell, often at an inconceivable rate, putting added stress on physicians, nurse practitioners (NPs), and physician assistants (PAs) at even the best-staffed facilities. Until the situation stabilizes, working with a locum tenens staffing agency that can supply dedicated, experienced providers will help you to swiftly and professionally address the increased need while maintaining continuity of quality healthcare.
- Offset influx of seasonal patients. Many facilities see a spike in patient census at certain times of the year due to recurrent outbreaks, like seasonal influenza, or an increase in their community’s population (think “snowbirds” migrating to Florida for the fall and winter). In addition, a number of hospitals, groups, and clinics experience a temporary influx of patients who are injured while engaging in seasonal activities, such as skiing or snowboarding. The use of locum tenens doctors, NPs, and PAs provides a great way to alleviate the pressure on permanent staff, while ensuring patients continue to receive excellent care.
- Cover provider(s) on military deployment. When a reservist who is a practicing physician or advanced practice provider is called into action, he or she may be deployed for weeks or months—and possibly longer—at a time, creating a temporary gap in coverage at his or her practice, hospital, or clinic. Similarly, when active duty medical personnel are deployed abroad, government facilities and their patients are impacted by the absence of those providers. Partnering with a reputable locum tenens staffing company will give you a trusted resource and greater flexibility, which will help you ensure the delivery of superior patient care both at home and overseas.
Facility representatives who regard locum tenens providers as a comprehensive staffing solution can respond to changing needs more proactively by providing uninterrupted, high-quality care for their patients. If you would like assistance in identifying improvement opportunities at your facility, contact Medicus Healthcare Solutions today.