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How to avoid locum tenens scheduling mistakes

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Working as a locum tenens in the healthcare industry may be a beneficial and gratifying experience no matter where you are in your career. Opening your first employment with a new organization or hospital can be nerve-wracking. It can be even more nerve-wracking when you open your first position with a new hospital on many occasions! So, it’s paramount to prepare adequately for your locum tenens assignments. 

While preparing for locum tenens assignments, it’s crucial to avoid scheduling mistakes to ensure a smooth start to your temporary work.

First and foremost, effective communication is essential. Maintain an open channel of communication with the hospital coordinator, who will be overseeing your job at all times. If you maintain only a single point of contact at the hospital, the risk of important information being lost or miscommunicated is reduced significantly. In addition, the coordinator can assist you with any required training and forward the paperwork that needs to be completed prior to the commencement of the project. 

Some training may inevitably necessitate your presence on-site and in person, but there will be some online training (such as HIPAA) that you can participate in from your own home and prevent delays or concerns with credentialing and starting on time. 

If feasible, arrive early the day of or the day before your first assignment at a new place to get settled in before commencing duty or attending clinic work. Despite the fact that you are normally given one day to settle in, you may begin on a weekend or a holiday, prompting the need for additional arrangements for your onboarding. Make sure that you reserve the day and time for orientation so that you don’t have an overly long and drawn-out start. 

Prior to arriving, double-check that your schedules are compatible. Sometimes, a lot of intermediaries can be engaged in this process, and it is not uncommon for assignment dates to be incorrectly changed. Many agents are involved in the business processes of the locum firm and the institution, and this can often lead to misunderstandings and sometimes canceled appointments. Most locum tenens physicians suffer from such issues at one assignment or another. 

To avoid this, double-checking the dates and times is crucial. Note when you are scheduled to begin and end your assignment each time you make travel arrangements, regardless of how many times you have previously worked at the same institution or organization. In addition, it helps to verify the identity of the point of contact who will attend to you at the beginning of your assignment and sign you out at the end. This assures continuity of service and the highest level of patient satisfaction.

 

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