As a healthcare executive, you are responsible for day-to-day operations at your hospital, health system, practice, or clinic, ensuring each department functions efficiently on its own and jointly with others. Because you oversee matters key to your organization’s success—from arranging for locum tenens staffing coverage when needed to developing programs and planning budgets— disengaging from your job when the workday ends can be difficult.
Some clinicians prefer to work locum tenens close to home, particularly if they have commitments that make traveling difficult. Others see the practice alternative as an opportunity to explore the country and broaden their perspectives. Having the ability to do one or the other, whenever they like, is one of the great advantages of being an independent contractor.
According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, physician burnout is a long-term stress reaction that manifests over time due to emotional fatigue, depersonalization, and an absence or low sense of personal accomplishment. Long shifts, a demanding pace, and an increase in EHR use and administrative responsibilities are just a few of the factors that can make you and your peers susceptible to burnout.