Hospitals work with locum tenens physicians and advanced practitioners for several reasons. From filling gaps in scheduling to lowering readmission rates and fighting burnout, locum tenens is a great way to help facilities find coverage and secure fast quality care when and where it’s needed most.
“First, do no harm.” It’s one of the most well-known oaths physicians take when they graduate from medical school. Unfortunately, physicians are often exempt from this statement when considering their own health. Not by their own choosing, but as a result of the culture of medicine in which they’re immersed.
Topics: Physician Burnout
Do you ever doubt that you're making a difference? If this feeling crosses your mind very often, you're more likely to experience burnout, regardless of your occupation. With the rapid and dramatic changes to their role identity, physicians are especially prone to this condition, characterized by emotional exhaustion and a low sense of accomplishment.
If you are a physician facing burnout, you're not alone. According to the 2017 Medscape Lifestyle Report, 51% of physicians say they are burnt out. Burnout can manifest itself in many ways, such as loss of enthusiasm for work, low sense of personal accomplishment, or feelings of cynicism (Medscape Lifestyle Report 2017: Race and Ethnicity, Bias and Burnout, 2017).
Filling in the EHR gaps so that patient charges can be billed properly is not only time-consuming, it detracts from meaningful “face-time” with patients.
Talk about physician burnout is rampant. Yet a majority of 4,600 physicians surveyed by Medscape say they're generally happy with their lives. Nearly 75% of doctors, whether self-employed or employed by others, expressed overall satisfaction with their work-life balance and income. Twenty percent were "neutral" while only 8% of employed doctors and 7% of those self-employed said they were dissatisfied with their situation.