Although many independent contractors pick assignments within driving distance of their home, numerous physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and CRNAs who work locum tenens choose the practice alternative to explore different parts of the United States. These providers enjoy having the option to get up and go and discover new places.
However, even if making the most of a yet-to-be-visited location appeals to you, it can be easy to lapse into a rhythm of “work, home, work,” essentially limiting your sightseeing adventures to the inside of airport terminals, temporary accommodations, and assignment facilities. Luckily, there are a few simple steps you can follow to better indulge your wanderlust during your downtime on assignment.
- Before you leave for a locum tenens job, compose a list of things you want to see and do. Find out when nearby attractions are open and if there will be exhibits, festivals, and/or seasonal offerings to enjoy when you are in town. Helpful travel apps—such as Musement, Roadtrippers, and Triposo—can lead you to dining and entertainment spots as well as locations of historical relevance. Having a selection of things to choose from will give you numerous options to (literally) feed your travel bug during your free time.
- Seek recommendations from staff at your assignment facility and other locum tenens clinicians. Most people are flattered when someone expresses a genuine interest in getting acquainted with their community. They are pleased to offer a local’s perspective on must-sees and the best fare in town. In fact, fellow providers, nurses, therapists, and others living in your assignment locale can often be the greatest resources, whether they are natives or are there to work locum tenens.
- Build in extra time. If you would like a few days to explore a city or town and/or its nearby areas, speak with your Medicus Healthcare Solutions recruiter about tacking some extra time to the end of a locum tenens opportunity. It will allow you to take a mini-respite once the assignment is complete and give you more time to see the sights.
Unlike other professionals who routinely take road trips or fly for work, locum tenens providers establish where they go and how long they will stay there. With these tips, you can simultaneously satisfy your desire to bring quality care to patients in need and your desire to travel.
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