A Locum Tenens Holiday Guide to Balancing Work and Play


Ah, the holiday season! With its twinkling lights, festive decorations, and beloved traditions, it’s the time of year when hearts are lighter, smiles are brighter, and the spirit of togetherness is strongest. No matter what holiday you celebrate, they bring an extraordinary brand of magic that transcends age and culture.

Yet, amid the parties and festivities, it’s also a challenging time for those balancing the demands of a busy career with the desire to engage in the season’s joys. For the dedicated locum tenens doctors and advanced practice providers (APPs) who often provide critical medical coverage during this time, finding this harmony is no simple task.

In this guide, we’ll explore how to make the most of the holiday season while maintaining your professional commitments. We’ll delve into strategies for early planning, leveraging the flexibility of locum tenens work, and even finding opportunities close to home during this special time of year. Oh, and let’s not forget the importance of a little self-care and reflection at this busy time.


1.   Plan early

December is often a whirlwind of parties, gift shopping, and festive gatherings, and due to all the hectic activity, early planning is critical. It’s crucial to achieving that elusive balance between professional responsibilities as a dedicated clinician and the unforgettable moments that make the holiday season precious.

Early planning is your strategic advantage in the holiday juggling act, allowing you to prepare well in advance for all your commitments. Here are some pro tips:

  • Open communication: Talk to your consultant. By sharing your holiday plans well ahead of time, they can better tailor your assignments to your needs.
  • Contractual flexibility: During contract negotiations, discuss flexibility. Some agreements may allow for time off or adjustments to your work schedule, offering the freedom to enjoy the season entirely.
  • Strategic assignments: Consider shorter locum tenens assignments to allow you to take a well-earned rest.
  • Stay informed: Determine your facility’s holiday scheduling policies and any incentives for working during holidays. It’s valuable knowledge that can help you strike a balance between work and celebration.


2.   Leverage the flexibility of locum tenens

A career in medicine doesn’t need to be synonymous with all work and no play! By opting for locum tenens positions, you’ll have a considerable advantage — flexibility. Because you can choose when and where you work, locum assignments offer a strategic pathway to holiday plans and much-needed time away from the hospital.

Discuss locum tenens assignments with your consultant, and you’ll see countless options that can work with your holiday plans. You can choose placements that accommodate your preferred working schedule and location, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the holiday magic.

Remember that with locum tenens, you’re in control. Whether you want days spent celebrating with your family, time spent outdoors in nature, or enjoying get-togethers with friends, locum tenens can be tailored to suit your needs.


3.   Stay home for the holidays

Traveling to incredible places around the country and beyond is certainly an allure of locum tenens work. But there’s something truly special about celebrating the festive season with family and friends in the comfort of your hometown. And with locum tenens, you can!

You can return to your favorite local haunts, reconnect with old friends, and enjoy the comforts of home during this cherished season. There are also opportunities to give back to your communities during the holidays. Whether volunteering at local charities or lending a healing hand, your presence can make a meaningful impact.

Then there are the practical considerations. Avoiding long journeys during the holiday rush can significantly reduce travel-related stress, allowing you to fully enjoy the festivities, unwind, and recharge for the year ahead.


4.   Embrace self-care

The holiday season can be hectic — there’s so much to do, see, prepare, and enjoy! Despite the mayhem, it’s essential to find moments of reflection and allow for well-deserved self-care. By doing so, you’ll recharge your batteries and enhance your capacity to spread joy and healing to others.

Adequate rest is the best gift you can give yourself. Ensure you get enough sleep to rejuvenate your body and mind and prepare yourself to face each day with passion. Also, try to nourish your body with wholesome foods that fuel your energy and well-being. Yes, besides the many indulgent temptations!

It’s also critical to establish boundaries. Although it’s a time for giving, preserving your time and energy is equally important, so politely decline commitments or engagements that may overwhelm you.

Finally, why not indulge in some pampering? A spa day, a favorite book, or some quiet time with your hobbies can rejuvenate your spirit and enhance your well-being.


Locum tenens is your holiday prescription for balance

As a locum tenens clinician, you have the unique privilege of balancing professional commitments with the pleasures of the season. Remember to plan early, choose flexible assignments, consider staying near home, and make time for self-care, and you’ll optimize this delicate equilibrium.


Contact us today to make your holiday plans and find the right options for you!