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Locum Tenens Doctors and Nurse Practitioners: Exploring the Differences

Darian Khalilpour
Author: Darian Khalilpour
Date: June 14, 2023
Tags: Healthcare Staffing, Hospital Staffing, Locum Tenens, Staffing

Experts predict that in 2023 the number of healthcare professionals, like primary care doctors and nurse practitioners (NPs), who are working locum tenens jobs is expected to grow, in large part due to staffing shortages that worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic. For healthcare facilities, utilizing locum tenens healthcare professionals allows them to get creative about tackling staffing issues like shortages or burnout. Two common types of locum tenens healthcare professionals are nurse practitioners and primary care doctors. In this article, we are breaking down the differences between the two positions, and how utilizing locum tenens healthcare professionals can benefit your facility.

What is a Locum Tenens Healthcare Professional

A locum tenens primary care doctor or nurse practitioner is a healthcare professional who provides temporary medical coverage for a healthcare facility or practice. Locum tenens healthcare professionals can be used to fill a variety of roles, including covering for permanent healthcare professionals who are on vacation, sick leave, or maternity leave, providing relief for overworked staff, expanding the services offered by a healthcare facility, and addressing unexpected staffing shortages.

Differences Between Nurse Practitioners and Primary Care Doctors

As mentioned above, primary care doctors and nurse practitioners are both common types of locum tenens healthcare professionals, and while they both can help healthcare facilities meet staffing needs, the positions are different in the type of training they receive and the type of patient care they provide.

These differences include:

When deciding whether your healthcare facility should be utilizing locum tenens primary care doctors or nurse practitioners, it is important to consider the type of care you need to provide, the cost of contracting for these locum tenens healthcare professionals, the availability of qualified candidates, and the needs of your patients.

Benefits Of Utilizing Locum Tenens Healthcare Professionals

Whether your healthcare facility is looking for a locum tenens primary care doctor or nurse practitioner, bringing in these types of professionals can provide many benefits. Some of the benefits include:

Why Partner With Amergis Staffing

As a member of The National Association of Locum Tenens Organization (NALTO), Amergis Staffing understands what healthcare organizations need when staffing locum tenens. Once an organization has chosen to partner with Amergis for their staffing needs, our team jumpstarts the recruitment process. We have a large nationwide team of dedicated recruiters with access to our massive database of candidates, helping streamline recruitment and onboarding so healthcare organizations can focus on what really matters: the health of their patients.

In addition to our industry experience and dedicated recruiters, reasons to choose Amergis as a locum tenens recruiting agency include:

For over thirty years, Amergis Staffing has been committed to furthering the careers of healthcare professionals, including locum tenens. Our Amergis team understands the challenges that healthcare facilities face every day, and we have the tools necessary to connect your organizations with the right locum tenens professionals. Let’s work together to find qualified locum tenens healthcare professionals for your organization.

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