New Locum Life article: “Long-Distance Locums”

MY NEWEST PUBLISHED ARTICLE, “Long-Distance Locums: Taking That First Step Away from Home,” has just gone up along with the rest of the April 2010 Locum Life magazine as a Nxtbook image. Calling upon the experience of several medical-recruiting industry sources and two active locum tenens physicians, the article begins as follows:

Has the prospect of being distant from your family kept you from venturing forth on your first locum tenens assignment? Are you concerned that you won’t be able to return home for emergencies? Worried that your children may grow apart from you, one text message at a time?

If so, don’t postpone your dream of practicing in a new location any longer. Locum tenens agencies have a wealth of experience in helping providers to arrange their home lives and embrace technology to deepen, rather than diminish, their family ties. Read on to learn how recruiters prepare their clients to discuss their aspirations with family, lay the groundwork for their first departure, and reduce the effect of emergencies on their remote practice.

I’ve actually written a piece on the pressures of leaving home for temporary medical work before. For the February 2010 Healthcare Traveler (Locum Life’s sister publication for travel nurses), I wrote “Relationships on the Road: Managing Family Ties While on Assignment.” Although both articles mention the reliance of today’s traveling caregiver on things like texting, Facebook, and Twitter to stay close to home, this one differs due to the nature of locum contracts versus those of travel nurses. Those seem almost uniformly 13 weeks in length at minimum, whereas those of the locum physicians can vary depending on the nature of the assignment, the needs of the doctor, and so forth.

I’ve also completed and submitted the LL article for May 2010 article that I mentioned in my last post. That’ll probably hit the Web in 30 days. My editor was kind enough to offer me the chance to write a new Healthcare Traveler piece, this one for July’s issue. As those go live, I’ll link them up here. As always, if you’re seeking a writer for your healthcare, staffing/recruiting, or nursing topic of interest, email me today!

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