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Living La Vida Locums: How to Celebrate the Holiday Season Locums Style!

Living La Vida Locums: How to Celebrate the Holiday Season Locums Style!

Anyone who has had a locums role for any amount of time knows that locums work can be seasonal. It ebbs and flows throughout the year. Demand for your locums services coincides with when organizations need vacation coverage for physicians. Because the holiday season is a time in which physicians take time off, the demand for locums services typically increases from November to January.

There are three things a locums doctor must do to take advantage of what I like to call the “locums holiday season.”

1. Start Scheduling Now. To take advantage of the increased demand for locums physician during the holiday season, start planning your November and December schedule now. In fact, a good rule of thumb is to schedule your locums work 2 to 3 months in advance. That means you should start planning your December schedule in October. Decide which holidays you want to work. And remember, the holiday pay rate is typically 1.5 times the regular pay rate; therefore, you may want to plan your schedule to take advantage of the holiday rate.

2. Be Flexible. Because the holiday season is quite busy and can be very unpredictable, flexibility is the key to being able to take advantage of increased locums opportunities. There may be last-minute openings to work on certain holidays because no one else may be available. Being willing to pick up some last-minute shifts on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day can be quite lucrative. Be sure to check with an organization to see which days are considered holidays and what the pay rate for those holidays is.

3. Schedule Your Time Off. One of the great things about performing locums work is the ability to control your own schedule. You can work as much or as little as you want during the holiday season. It is very important to schedule time off this holiday season so you, too, can enjoy spending time with family and friends. I typically either work Thanksgiving or Christmas, but never both. I make sure to visit family and friends during my time off.

Doing these three things will ensure your locums holiday season is a great one, mixed with great work and great fun. To see what holiday locums opportunities are available for you, contact the locums experts at Floyd Lee Locums today.

Stephanie E. Freeman, MD, earned her Medical Degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine. She completed her Internal Medicine Residency at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center and her Critical Care Fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Dr. Freeman also completed a Geriatrics fellowship at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. She obtained her Masters of Business Administration at Auburn University.

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