The Association of American Medical Colleges is predicting a “staggering shortage of over 100,000 doctors (and nurses) by 2030”. Part-time (per diem, locum tenens) nurses and physicians are vital to ensure medical care to all patients in the future. They also state that fewer students are applying to medical and nursing schools.
Every state in the U.S. reports an increase in nursing shortages.
Over the last few years there has been a marked shift in the way Americans view employment. The recent pandemic forced many to work from home or to work less hours under difficult conditions. The mandate to “work from home” gave rise to a growing number of people—especially with families—who found they enjoyed working less. Additionally, the new sentiment is manifesting an increased desire for employees to have more leisure time and flexibility.
Professionals in the medical field are particularly suited to flexible working hours and work days. The need for skilled nurses is never going away.
The need for (nursing) part time, locum tenens, and per diem employees is on the rise.
As sentiment changes around the idea of 40-hour work weeks being the norm, management and corporate leaders are being forced to change. To keep employees happy more and more companies are agreeing to shorter work weeks and reasonable hours.
Registered nurses and other nursing professionals have a unique opportunity to enjoy the freedom of work flexibility.
To meet the unique employment options of various medical professionals, new and exciting employment options are available.
A Job exchange platform is the perfect place to build a personal profile where clinics, hospitals, nursing homes will be looking to fill their needs when employees go on vacation, medical leave or any other of the many reasons employees require time off.
Many options arise when you are hired for a part-time job. If you want to travel, you can take a short gig to pay for your vacation. Sometimes part time work can lead to a job offer. The chances of hiring on at a higher salary are greater if the employer already knows you can do the job.
There has always been a shortage of healthcare providers. That fact appears to be growing every year.
There are three types of part time or short-term employment contracts:
Locum tenens is usually referring to a healthcare facility in need of a temporary position to fill gaps or vacant positions until the regular full-time person returns or another full-time person can be found.
Part-time is simply meaning fewer hours per week than their usual full-time jobs. It is usually referring to shift work that are often rotational. Part time is usually working 30 hours or less per week.
Per Diem means “by the day.” In the case of medical workers, it means being paid at a daily rate for temporary or on-call positions.
Be aware that each of the above types of positions might vary in benefits and other concerns.
See our blog post on the PROS AND CONS OF PARTIME NURSING JOBS.