A couple weeks ago, we set the clocks ahead, which means summer isn’t too far away! The season often elicits thoughts of the beach, barbecues, baseball games, and other warm-weather activities. However, for those who oversee operations at medical facilities and practices throughout the country, thoughts usually revolve around securing coverage for vacationing staff members. Partnering with a dependable locum tenens staffing company provides an efficient solution for seasonal vacancies.
As the facility decision maker contemplating whether to bring in supplemental staff, you consider factors such as cost effectiveness and level of expertise. Other competencies you should expect from experienced locum tenens physicians and advanced practitioners include solid clinical skills, familiarity with different electronic healthcare record (EHR) systems, flexibility, and adaptability.
Some hospital and practice managers choose to contract with several companies to gain multiple options. Others find value in working with a single locum tenens staffing firm that can deliver solutions beyond conventional offerings, such as project and resource management, consulting services, and permanent placement. By joining forces with an agency equipped to handle all staffing needs, hospitals gain greater peace of mind and ensure they will never inadvertently compete with themselves for the same candidate from different companies.
Below are a few suggestions to help you achieve optimal results as you arrange summertime coverage:
- Provide a detailed job description to your staffing company representative(s)—from assignment length to various shifts requiring coverage to the need for weekend or holiday work. Being as specific as possible at the beginning of the search will help you find the best possible matches.
- Conduct a thorough review of candidates’ curricula vitae (CVs) and skill sets. Scrutinizing these important documents helps you better assess professionals’ clinical abilities and experience.
- Develop a strategy for integrating locum tenens clinicians and permanent staff. Since independent contractors are expected to perform the same responsibilities as your regular employees, it is imperative that coworkers and administration do not treat them differently. Our post, “4 Tips for Effectively Blending Core and Supplemental Staffs,” offers useful approaches for managing these expectations and fostering teamwork.
With the assistance of quality locum tenens doctors, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and CRNAs, administrators can maintain adequate staffing levels while honoring permanent staff members’ vacation requests.
Discover how Medicus Healthcare Solutions can help you maintain quality of care at your facility or practice during seasonal shortages by calling 855.301.0563 to speak with one of our knowledgeable representatives today.