If you've spent time following society’s changes over the past year, you may have come across the term “digital nomad”. The phrase conjures up images of young influencers living the good life on some tropical beach.
As a locum tenens provider, you already know a thing or two about a life that transcends boundaries. In this article, you will learn how to improve as a locum tenens clinician through the power of upskilling. A good (and employable) locum is one who strikes a fine balance between professional and personal skills.
The term “upskilling” generally refers to learning new skills. This can be done for the advancement of your career, for personal satisfaction and for improving the overall quality of your service. This can be done at your current place of work or future ones as well.
In terms of locums work, upskilling is an absolute necessity with the world of medicine constantly evolving. One never knows what locum life can throw at you! Constant learning and upgrading your existing skill set is of the utmost importance if you want to stand out in a locums role.
Due to the ephemeral nature of each locums assignment, a locums provider needs a higher level of personal skills than your average clinician. A very particular set of character traits will allow you to handle the demands of the job with relative ease.
More than just your bedside manner, a whole host of other skills will distinguish you as a locum from a standard medical professional. In the next section, we’ll explain what these skills are and why they’re so essential for every aspiring locum.
Life as a locum certainly has its perks, and it’s not surprising to see a steady rise in professionals choosing this path. However, the nature of locums work demands several particular professional and personal characteristics from aspiring locums.
For a locum, additional skills and certifications can make all the difference in a competitive employment situation. At the same time, your employer won’t contribute to your education due to the temporary nature of your role.
It’s a good idea to keep track of the newest and most in-demand certifications and skills in your specialty as well as the medical field as a whole, so that you’re a great candidate for any job that you choose to apply to. Allocate a few hours a week to track trends, and make it a priority to learn a new skill at least every 3 months or so.
You can upgrade your skills in your specialty by signing up for additional certification courses online. There are several educational platforms where experienced specialists share their expertise and knowledge on the latest technology, drugs and treatment options.
Broadly speaking, the most in-demand skills in healthcare organizations today are data science (turn on Microsoft Excel!), nutrition, epidemiology and comfort with basic telemedicine tools. A few examples of these tools are remote vital monitoring, virtual stethoscopes, wireless scales, thermometers, digital otoscopes, pulse oximeters, high-quality cameras for specialty practices and HIPAA-compliant software.
The flexible nature of online courses, and the shift in acceptance of remote CME, enables locums even in rural areas to upskill at their convenience anywhere and anytime. Courses are usually reasonably-priced and often offer lifetime access to the course material. This gives online learning an edge over traditional methods of learning and its cost effective to boot.
If you've spent time following society’s changes over the past year, you would’ve come across the term “digital nomad”. The phrase conjures up images of young influencers living the good life on some tropical beach.
When it comes to personal skills and soft skills, there are a plethora of self-help and personality development books and seminars available. You need to look no further than YouTube for extensive and excellent videos on these topics. They make for perfect background listening while you’re doing administrative tasks!