Locums and the Holidays
Locum tenens physicians often find more opportunities than usual during holidays. Many traditionally-employed physicians plan vacations around holidays, and having at least a day off is a priority to a lot of medical professionals and their families. As a result, holidays can offer locum tenens physicians the chance to help those who are sick during what can be a trying time, while earning money when the pace is often slower for hospitals and clinics.
Working locum tenens during holidays can be an excellent way to boost your earning power.
But locum tenens doctors working during the holidays have to establish work-life balance so they can give their best and avoid holiday stress and burnout. Just because someone has chosen a non-traditional career path doesn’t mean they’re immune to the stresses involved in being a physician or working on holidays. Here are some ways those who work locum tenens can make the most of the holidays.
Make Time to “See” Family and Friends
With the widespread availability of apps like Skype, Facetime, and Google Hangouts, there’s no reason not to see those you love even if you’re geographically separated. If you have downtime, it only takes a matter of seconds to set up your tablet to witness your nephew’s first Christmas or wish your grandparents a Happy Hanukkah. Even if you only have a moment or two to get in touch with those you love, those moments can be meaningful and enjoyable.
Participate in Workplace Social Functions
Some facilities prepare a special holiday meal for staff members, and others may plan a holiday potluck dinner on-site. Maybe you’re the “new person,” but participating in these social functions makes holidays warmer and more convivial, and helps you get to know your co-workers better. If you’re living in a hotel without cooking facilities, you can always volunteer to bring utensils, soft drinks, or some other prepared contribution to the festivities.
Take Some of Your Traditions with You
Do you have a light-up holiday pin you always wear back home? Or maybe you have a small menorah that has special meaning and that can easily go with you to your temporary home. You can even get a tiny, light-up Christmas tree that plugs into your computer’s USB port. Or perhaps you can arrange for that special family member to mail you a box of wonderful, homemade gingerbread cookies. You don’t have to leave all your holiday traditions behind just because you’re in a new place this year.
Just because you’re working doesn’t mean you have to pretend the holidays don’t exist.
Find Time to Give in Unexpected Ways
Finally, something that many locum tenens physicians find makes the holidays nicer is giving back outside of work hours. That could mean anything from working in a soup kitchen for a few hours to dressing up as an elf and handing out presents to kids who have to spend the holidays in the hospital.
If you’re a musician and there’s a lovely grand piano in the lobby of your hotel (or hospital), perhaps you could share some beautiful music with passers-by. Charity holiday drives often need people to wrap gifts, prepare foods, and make deliveries. In other words, there are countless ways to get into the spirit of the holidays when your shift is over and you still need a little inspiration.
Working locum tenens during the holidays is a wonderful way to help others enjoy time off while banking some extra money. Even if celebrations aren’t usually high on your priority list, it’s important to strive for work-life balance, especially when you’re working over holidays. There are countless ways to keep in touch with those you love, and participate in events with co-workers and others in your temporary location. Make the effort to celebrate as well as work, and you may find your locum tenens assignments during holidays to be remarkably memorable and meaningful.
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