Which is smarter: locum tenens or permanent placement?

April 30, 2015 - 2 minutes read

The answer is actually both. Each is a highly-effective solution designed to meet specific clinical and business needs. Knowing when to leverage each is the key to more successful staffing outcomes.

When is locum tenens smarter?

  • Filling urgent gaps. When continuity of patient care and/or revenue loss is at stake, you need skilled, experienced specialists in your facility that can hit the ground running stat. Mitigating further loss and restoring normalcy is your number one goal. Locum tenens can satisfy that priority.
  • Responding to seasonality. If you’re in a medical niche that experiences seasonal surges, locum tenens is a more efficient and effective tool for rapidly staffing up during peak periods.
  • Reducing physician/clinician burnout. Busier workloads and leaner staffs lead to burnout and greater risk of medical error. Locum tenens adds the clinical flexibility you need to continue providing optimal patient care, without taxing your team beyond their physical limits.

When does permanent placement make more sense?

Once gaps are filled and you can breathe easier, that’s the time to focus on identifying top-quality clinicians for the long term. You’ll want to invest thoughtful time identifying candidates who:

  • Offer you the best possible match of clinical skills and professional capabilities.
  • Have the proven ability and desire to work collaboratively and fit in with your team culture – drama-free, hassle-free.
  • Demonstrate the self-drive and potential to help you continuously grow and improve your facility’s effectiveness and results.

Bottom line: the more prescriptive you are in your approach and the better you are at harnessing the right solution at the right time, the greater your ability to respond to staffing situations more successfully.

TIVA HealthCare, among the nation’s leading locum tenens companies, provides physician and healthcare professionals for a variety of specialties and subspecialties, including Anesthesia/CRNA, Emergency Medicine, Children’s Services, Hospitalists, Radiology, and other medical sectors.