2019 has arrived and new years resolutions are in full swing! As a locum provider you may have set some new goals that you would like to accomplish. Whether it be from traveling to new destinations, or picking up a few extra assignments, planning now will help you stay on track for the year! Here are simple ways to stay on top of your goals and make the most out of your locum assignments.

  1. Plan Out and Schedule Assignments in Advance

The start of the new year is a great time to get organized and set resolutions such as financial goals. Locum providers on average have a higher pay rate than full time jobs due to high demand, making locums a great solution to financial resolutions. Scheduling assignments in advance will help organize your year and make it easier to achieve your resolutions. Talk to your recruiter and tell them the goals you want to accomplish with the new year and locum assignments you hope to book. They in turn, can talk to facilities in advance and help you gain assignments that match your goals and help you book out your year efficiently.

  1. Be Aware of Credentialing Time Frames

On average it takes up to 90 days to obtain hospital privileges at a facility for locum assignments. While some facilities might have different time frames, planning and knowing their process can help assignments get booked smoothly. Honor Medical has an in-house credentialing team that assists you throughout the entire credentialing process. They’ll communicate with each facility and guide you on what documentations you will need to gain privileges to the facility.

  1. Save Some Time for Yourself!

Whether you do full time locums or balance a full-time position with locums, always remember to make time for yourself! As a provider you work day in and day out helping and serving others, and the schedule can be demanding. Remember, it is always okay to say no to an assignment and take time for yourself, you are important too! Schedule some time outside of work and do something you enjoy, focus on yourself and relax.

  1. Block Off Some Time to Explore During Travel Assignments

One of the greatest advantages of locum assignments is the opportunity to travel! Use this advantage! Schedule assignments over long weekends and block off some time to enjoy where you are. Maybe you live in an area where the winters are long, ask your recruiter about locum opportunities in a place that is warm with a beach. Soak up the sun and get paid while you take a mini vacation, that’s the beauty of locums!

  1. Keep a Calendar to Stay Organized

Having a calendar is a quick and easy way to visually see your schedule and what you have booked. If you have a full-time position and work locums on the side, highlight your full-time schedule in a different color than your locums schedule to be able to easily see what you have going on. Having a visual calendar is also a great way to stay on top of your goals.