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Emotional Intelligence for Locum Tenens

Emotional intelligence (EI) is defined by Oxford Dictionaries as “The capacity to be aware of, control, and express one’s emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically.” As such, it is critical to the work of locum tenens who are often in high-stress situations, where emotions run strong and stakes are high. EI can… Read more »

3 Keys to Staying Energized Throughout Your Day

We all struggle with staying energized from time to time. Tom Rath, employee engagement guru, suggests in his book, Are You Fully Charged?, that focusing on three main points every day can help you stay energized in your daily work. Meaning: Doing something that benefits another person As physicians, it isn’t difficult to define what… Read more »

10 Things Unique to Arizona

As a locum tenens, you have the unique opportunity to spend time in different areas of the country, say… the Southwest for instance. Arizona is a place of spectacular desert scenery, rich with vivid color, quirky small towns, mission remains and old mining settlements. While you’re not seeing patients, you’ll have time to explore the… Read more »

Teach-Back Method for Locum Tenens

Communication is a vital aspect of the patient–physician relationship, however, patients often don’t understand everything they are told by their healthcare providers. This can lead to poor patient satisfaction with their care and even poor care management post-discharge. The Teach-Back Method is one way you can ensure patients understand their medical condition and the steps… Read more »

6 Ways to Recharge this Summer

Locum tenens, like other physicians, are in the business of caring for others. It is demanding and often difficult work. While always focused on others, physicians sometimes neglect to care for themselves. This is an understandable, yet undesirable, mistake. To continue being productive and deliver good care for others, the physician must first take care… Read more »

Four Key Practices for Locum Tenens Physicians to Bring to Every Assignment

As a locum tenens physician new to a hospital, you often don’t know the ins and outs of that hospital’s processes and procedures. In fact, you likely experience even more interruptions because you are navigating care in an unfamiliar setting. All of this distraction can cause your patient to feel you are not focusing on… Read more »

10 Fun Things to Do in Texas

  As a locum tenens physician you have the rare opportunity to travel and live in different parts of the country. At Echo we are highlighting different states and areas of the country that have a variety of things to do in your off hours. If you are currently looking for your next destination, consider… Read more »

How Do You Deal With Change?

Change can be a constant in a locum tenen’s life. Even so, change is often uncomfortable and disorienting. While you are not always in control of your circumstances, you can learn to manage any situation you’re facing. You can’t control the wind, but you can adjust the sails. Below are some tips to help make… Read more »

Staying Well – Start with Sleep

It is widely known that sleep is important for good health. As physicians, we are used to giving this advice to others. Often, however, we are also short on the hours of sleep we get each night. Sleep deprivation is a serious issue that affects nearly every major body system, including the brain, heart and… Read more »

How to Get the Most out of Your Locum Tenens Experience

Working locum tenens is a popular choice for many providers. Some choose to pursue locum tenens placements full time, while others do it in addition to their permanent positions. No matter which option you prefer, it’s important to make the best of your experience. Our staff at Echo Locum Tenens have combined a few helpful… Read more »

4 Things You Should Know Before You Start Working Locum Tenens Shifts

Considering locum tenens? Here’s a few things to note before you commit. Locum tenens work is a great way to supplement your income. As an independent contractor, you don’t receive all the benefits of a permanent provider (Health Insurance, 401K, etc.) so you do need to put this this into your financial planning. You can… Read more »

6 Misconceptions About locum tenens

Throughout our many years providing internim staffing services, we’ve heard many assumptions and misconceptions about locum tenens. We’d like to clear up some of those ideas today. Locum tenens providers aren’t as qualified as permanent full-time providers. The reality is that most locum tenens providers are practicing in other locations, and work full-time for other… Read more »

Echo Locum Tenens’ State Spotlight | 10 Things to Do in Ohio

There are many benefits to working as a locum tenens physician. First and foremost, you have control over the amount of shifts you take on and the location of where to work. Not only do you get the unique opportunity to test out different practice settings, additionally you can explore different parts of the country…. Read more »

Feedforward- Feedback tips for locum tenens

When working through challenges it’s important to remember that “rear view mirrors are intentionally smaller than windshields.”  A common challenge for many people is giving and receiving feedback. Feedback is essential for improving performance and growing.  And, while feedback is important, much like rear view mirrors, its focus is on the past. Marshall Goldsmith, the… Read more »

Echo Locum Tenens Travel – FAQs

With many different locum tenens organizations to choose from, the process can be extremely daunting when selecting which is the best fit for you. And, often confusing if you’re new to working as a locum tenens physician. One of the biggest learning curves is how to get from your destination to the hospital where you… Read more »

10 Reasons Why Physicians Choose Locum Tenens Work

Are you considering work as a locum tenens provider? Here’s a list of benefits that may be helpful in ma ing your choice. Supplemental income Greater flexibility Explore the country New practice settings Filling gaps before starting a permanent position Have control over the amount of shifts you work Do research before taking a permanent… Read more »

Combating Physician Burnout

There appears to be a glorification of “busy” in today’s society. With the help of technology, we are able to accomplish more than ever! But these norms often create unhealthy and unreasonable expectations that result in burnout. Physician burnout is a huge issue that affects almost everyone physicians come in contact with. As a locum… Read more »

Patient Experience for Locum Tenens – “Active listening: Support, don’t shift”

Active listening is a communication skill whereby the listener is willing and able to fully pay attention to understand the speaker with the goal of thoughtfully acknowledging what is being said. This promotes a conversation that better supports the speaker’s needs. The primary components of active listening are common sense but they’re not always easy: Avoid… Read more »

The Importance of Locum Tenens

Overview Healthcare is rapidly changing, and it’s no secret that there is a shortage of physicians. With the population of baby-boomers expanding rapidly and finding themselves in need of acute care there is a heightened need for more providers to care for patients. Health systems have a constant need for interim staffing, hospitals and clinics… Read more »

5 Tips Every Locum Tenens Should Know When Moving to a New City

As a locum tenens physician, you have the unique opportunity to see and experience new places in addition to learning about different practice settings. Our expert travel staff have compiled a list of tips to assist with getting acclimated to each new city. Do research before moving. Familiarize yourself with the city you are moving… Read more »

Is Locum Tenens Right for You?

Download here Want to earn extra money? Enjoy seeing new places and meeting new people? Need a break from your daily routine? Need to work for a few weeks until you start a new job? Like having control over when you work and where? Want to do research before you settle for a permanent position?… Read more »

Echo Locum Tenens’ State Spotlight | 10 Things to Do in California

There are many benefits to becoming a locum tenens. As a locum tenens, you have control over the amount of shifts you take, you can test out new practice settings, and have the unique opportunity to see the country. If you’re thinking about becoming a locum tenens then you probably want to know what you… Read more »

10 Tips for Getting the Most of Mentoring

The Center for Creative Leadership identifies “people” as a resource contributing to 30% of individual learning and growth. Mentors usually are seen as “wise guides,” those who can challenge, encourage and help you walk through learning situations with thought-provoking questions. They share their experiences and provide a safe space to learn.  Mentors have the ability… Read more »

6 Books Every locum tenens Should Read

Whether you realize it or not, as a physician you’re seen as a leader in the hospital and in your community. Patients, their families and medical staff look up to you. Even though you may not think of yourself as a physician leader, you are in other’s eyes. In medical school you likely had very… Read more »

Why locum tenens?

Providers choose to work locum tenens for a variety of reasons, including, but not limited to: Supplemental Income Locum tenens is a great way to earn a supplemental income. Control the amount of shifts you do, there’s no minimum number. Change of Lifestyle Being a locum tenens physician gives you the unique opportunity to see… Read more »

3 Tips to Help Locum Tenens Providers Build Capacity in the New Year

The new year is the perfect time for reflection and self-improvement. But being a locum tenens physician can make this quite difficult, especially during the busy winter months. Before you commit to any resolutions or self-improvement projects it’s important to identify priorities and make time for the things that matter most. Below are 3 helpful… Read more »

Patient Experience for Locum Tenens Providers – “Living Room Language”

As a clinician it’s important to remember that most patients don’t understand clinical terminology. That’s why it’s helpful to use “living room language”. This is everyday language that can be understood by adults at most any age or literacy level. Using this kind of language in a clinical setting can be challenging, so it’s no… Read more »

6 Travel Tips Every Echo Locum Tenens Should Know

1. Security Lines Don’t check the length of the line, instead look at how fast the security agent is working. Ever stand in a short line at the grocery store and end up waiting twice as long as everyone else because the cashier is so slow? Well, it’s the same concept here.     2…. Read more »

Give back this holiday season! Volunteer opportunities for Locum Tenens physicians

As a Locum Tenens physician, you have the opportunity to touch many lives and communities throughout the country. This holiday season we challenge all of our Echo Locum Tenens physicians to volunteer, whether you’re traveling or staying home for the holidays. There is a wide range of opportunities that fit all interest and hobbies. Need… Read more »

Why You Should Work Locum Tenens

Working locum tenens can be a great addition or supplement to a traditional career in healthcare. Whether you’re just starting a career in medicine or are approaching retirement, being a locum tenens provider can be rewarding at any stage of your career. Do you:  Want to earn extra money in addition to your full-time position? Like having… Read more »