Many professionals in many industries are getting burnt out. Just Google "job burnout" and you'll see a plethora of articles about spotting, preventing and recovering from this psychological stress. Simply put it's nothing new. We guess the dawn of industry, perhaps sometime before, marks the era when people first started experiencing job burnout. Fortunately today there are more opportunities to alleviate the symptoms and maybe even the root cause.
At some point in your life maybe you've experienced burnout. Whether it was after a year in the healthcare field or a decade, the point is not when it happened but why it happened. Why did you - as a physician - experience it? Was it the lack of control? Was it the work overload? Maybe not enough reward? Identify the causes then consider a locum tenens lifestyle. At the very least examine some of the advantages below to see if a locum tenens opportunity is right for you.
Achieve a better work-life balance
This has to be at the top of a lot of people's lists. If you're working too much - have too much demand on your time - other important aspects in your life may diminish. Locum tenens gives you the option to work a more flexible schedule. You can also choose where you want to work.
Experience new places
Not only can you practice in the United States you can also work in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the Caribbean or the Pacific Islands. That means you can experience new cultures and new sights all while you practice medicine like never before.
Be enriched by different work settings
It's safe to say you probably get used to the way things are once you've been at a position for a while. You can alleviate burnout by changing up your work setting. Locum tenens offers that advantage. In addition, it allows you to see how physicians in different practice settings, different cities, and even different countries deliver care.
Have more time for patients
Your time is precious. Patients should be paramount instead of processes. With the locum tenens lifestyle you can focus your attention more on patient care and less on paperwork.