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Locum Tenens Takes Hassle out of Physician Staffing

American Traveler now a one-stop healthcare-staffing source

In an effort to eliminate the need by hospitals to engage multiple physician search staffing agencies and in-house recruiters, healthcare staffing firm, American Traveler, has extended its medical staffing services to include locum tenens and permanent physician recruitment. In conjunction with the locum tenens physician staffing company Candidate Direct, American Traveler now provides a full array of consulting services targeting healthcare staff retention and performance, payroll budgets and quality of life issues.

"In offering complete healthcare staffing solutions under one roof, we can respond quickly to a hospital's recruitment needs, from locum tenens and permanent physician staffing, to therapists, other allied health professionals, CRNA';s and travel nurses," said Robert L. Bok, Chief Executive Officer for American Traveler.

Adequate physician staffing levels are vital to the revenue and growth of healthcare providers, said Bok. Open positions often results in decreased revenues and fewer reimbursements and, with unemployment and tight credit the way it is, pressures to drive staffing costs down have made it difficult for hospitals and physician staffing groups to attract, develop and retain an adequate supply of doctors. In addition, a growing number of caregivers are leaving the profession due to retirement, burnout and high costs associated with independent practice.

According to the American Hospital Association, a hospital's ability to control its own physicians and healthcare staffing needs internally is in decline. Many fail to address the multiple legal, social and organizational challenges vital to staffing efforts and to generate the needed buy-in from doctors and nurses who set a hospital's standards for quality patient care. As a result, hospitals lose not only doctors and nurses, but patients too.

"The inability to understand the needs of healthcare staff has the potential to undermine both market share and patient care," said Deb Bacurin RN, and Clinical Coordinator from American Traveler, "which is why more hospitals are choosing to outsource healthcare staffing initiatives that target a caregiver's work-life balance."

Experts at Pricewaterhouse Coopers' Health Research Institute say that, for caregivers in the twenty-first century, "schedule trumps salary." Healthcare providers focused on work-life balance issues for doctors and nurses will have a competitive edge in recruiting and retaining top talent in the future.

"Our goal is to make healthcare staffing a seamless process for hospital clients and physician staffing groups," said Bok. "To make available a constant pool of qualified doctors, allied health professionals and nurses to look not only at quality patient care, but the quality of life of doctors, healthcare professionals and hospital decision-makers as well."

About Candidate Direct

Candidate Direct is a physician recruiting agency with vast resources, excellent benefits and access to high-paying locum tenens medical doctor jobs nationwide. We staff all healthcare specialties in all types of facilities and specialize in life-enhancing locum tenens destinations in all 50 states. Backed by 25 years of healthcare staffing excellence, Candidate Direct staffing professionals are highly-trained in the dynamics of physician recruiting and the logistics of locum tenens. 

About American Traveler

From world-renowned university teaching hospitals to rural medical facilities, The Joint Commission certified American Traveler specializes in short-term, per diem, and permanent positions for Physicians, RNs, Physical Therapists, RTs, STs, and other allied health professionals. For more information regarding American Traveler services call 800-884-8788 today.

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