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National Locum Tenens Week 2017

Happy National Locum Tenens Week!

It’s officially National Locum Tenens Week! Created by the National Association of Locum Tenens Organizations (NALTO) for the very first time, Locum Tenens Week is dedicated to the important people behind Locum Tenens.

Growing quickly in recent years, the locum tenens segment of the staffing industry is essential to successful healthcare around the country. Back in the early 1970’s, a federal grant was awarded to University of Utah to provide the medical staffing industry to rural health clinics in underserved locations of the U.S. Proving extremely successful, hospital administrators and doctors starting calling for locum tenens staff assistance.

Now, close to thousands of doctors, physicians and healthcare centers work with locum tenens companies that supply services for outpatient medical centers, hospitals, government and military facilities, community health centers, and more.

This over twenty-year industry has made a real impact in the history of healthcare. From August 14-18, NALTO aims to recognize the important work these nurse practitioners, physicians, physician assistants, and doctors do each day. Whether they serve a couple shifts a year or travel across the country on long-term assignments, locum tenens providers make a profound effect in the lives of patients while ensuring medical centers and facilities are run at top quality performance.

As a member of NALTO, KPG Healthcare is honored to help celebrate the first ever National Locum Tenens Week! How do you get NALTO certified? All NALTO members must operate in accordance with and are held to the top standards of professional conduct that surround business practices and ethics, with a focus on integrity, proficiency, honesty and objectivity.

Your go-to resource for all things Locum Tenens, KPG Healthcare is not only NALTO certified but a high quality, full-service healthcare staffing organization that places and recruits Locum Tenens doctors, nurses, dental providers and more in both permanent and temporary assignments across the nation.

Celebrate the locum tenens at your facility this Locum Tenens Week by acknowledging their essential work and the difference they make in healthcare as a whole!

KPG Healthcare is proud to be your go-to source for healthcare opportunities in the West, specializing in California. Whether you’re interested in travel nursing, per diem, allied, locum tenens or permanent placement, KPG Healthcare is your trusted partner for high quality, rewarding career opportunities. Contact us today!

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Explore San Diego on Assignment with KPG Healthcare

On assignment in San Diego? Check Out These 8 Exciting Places To Explore!

Are you a healthcare professional considering your next move? The perks of travel nursing, locum tenens and per diem are plenty – competitive wages, exploring new settings, and sometimes even paid housing. It’s a great way to save money, focus on important work, and enjoy discovering new cities. Setting off to San Diego? This sunny location wins out in great food, grand views, and beautiful beaches! The perfect location to reside as a traveling professional, this SoCal town is ranked one of the happiest cities in the nation.

If you’re searching for some fun activities and places to explore on the weekends, check out this list of the coolest spots in sunny San Diego!

San Diego Zoo

Whether you’re a fan of giraffes or elephants, discover the wonders of wildlife with animal encounters and interactive experiences at the infamous San Diego Zoo. Founded in 1916, this gigantic zoo has been around for more than 100 years and has been a leader in animal care and conservation since. This remarkable zoo is at the heart of the San Diego experience and an absolute must see for both locals and tourists.

Balboa Park

Balboa Park

Located right by the San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park is a must see. Noted as one of the most popular urban parks in the United States, this beautiful sanctuary is packed with an array of attractions throughout, including a carousel, miniature train, Cabrillo bridge, Sefton plaza, the Spanish Village art center, and much more.

La Jolla Cove

The coves are an exquisite combination of a fun beach atmosphere and a relaxing, calm ecological preserve. It is one of San Diego’s most desirable spots for swimming, diving and snorkeling. Explore its sea caves and sea life, such as the coral, sea lions, stingrays and seals or have fun on the beach and soak up the sun while you tan and enjoy the day!

Torrey Pines Natural Reserve

San Diego has a few natural preserves. One of the most widely toured parks is the Torrey Pines natural reserve. It consists of 2,000 acres of coastal state park located in the community of La Jolla off North Torrey Pines Road. Whether you decide to take a hike through it, enjoy a nice stroll, or a steady bike ride, there will be miles of beautiful beaches, elegant trees, and many different birds and park life.

Boat Tours on the Harbor

Enjoy the fantastic view of San Diego’s skyline and sea life by taking a boat tour from right in its harbor! This will give you the perfect outing and overall experience of all the major sites of the cities.

Pacific Beach

Walk the beach, check out Belmont park filled with fair-like activities and rides, and cruise on the boardwalk! Pacific Beach is always packed with a lively crowd, night or day. During the day, this stylish surf town is filled with fun water activities and when the lights go down, the nightlife turns up. Walk down Garnet Avenue and discover the different bars that make up Pacific Beach!

Petco Park

A baseball park located in the downtown area of San Diego, Petco Park doesn’t just hold baseball games. There are year round concerts and events like beer fests, monster jam, and much more! The fun at Petco Park doesn’t just stop there! There are lots of conventions and activities like segway tours, mobile massages and city cruisers waiting for you just outside.

Sunset Cliffs

Whether you do a daytime or afternoon trip, Sunset Cliffs has a wonderful view of the San Diego bay, downtown, and Coronado bridge and to top it all off, there’s an endless amount of of tasty food. Just make sure that if you are planning to go in the afternoon, you stay to watch the sunset – you won’t regret it.

Whether you spend 8 days or 8 weeks in San Diego, experience all that this beachy town has to offer when you’re traveling to different locations!

KPG Healthcare is proud to be your go-to source for healthcare opportunities in the West, specializing in California. Whether you’re interested in travel nursing, per diem, allied, locum tenens or permanent placement, KPG Healthcare is your trusted partner for high quality, rewarding career opportunities. Contact us today!

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Interview with a Provider Services Recruiter

Interview with Matt, one of KPG’s Provider Services Recruiters

Recruiting in the Healthcare sector is such an important job. Not only are you helping people take a step into a major change in their life, but you’re also working with dozens of people everyday to help them find the perfect career opportunity. Doctors and Physicians from around the country have found their dream opportunity with KPG Healthcare thanks to hard working recruiters like Matt! Learn a bit more about Matt and what sets KPG Healthcare apart below:

How did you become a Provider Services Recruiter?

I actually came into the recruiting world via, you guessed it, a recruiter! I had just moved to Florida and was in the market for a new position and landed a job with a large medical staffing company. It all kept rolling from there!

What do you feel that the pros and cons are with per diem, locum tenens and permanent placement for your physicians?

This could be a long list, but to narrow it down I would say Pros are flexibility, 1099 income, travel, and feeling out new facilities and groups. Not to mention, if you already have a full time job and are picking up locums on the side; some serious extra cash! Cons might be stability in terms of scheduling if you are a full time locums doc. Some locums gigs last a very long time, where others could simply be for maternity leave coverage. You might not know your whole years schedule in advance – which is exactly why locums can be such a great opportunity for these professionals!

What types of things stand out to you when you meet a professional looking for their next opportunity?

Responsiveness. At the end of the day, we work with people. And you can’t ever force someone to get back to you or to get that credentialing paperwork in. There’s a dream job out there for most people looking -but those applications don’t fill out themselves!

How do you determine what hospital or opportunity may be the best fit for somebody? What factors do you think are the most important to consider?

It’s a marriage of fit and facility. For locums you might be able to stretch and fit a square peg in a round hole once in a while, but those placements will eventually fall off or result in bad relationships. Location is probably the biggest factor. Money is a close second. Best is to have a short term plan and a long term plan. You need to be patient and persistent. Often times someone you spoke with months ago will be a perfect fit for a job that hasn’t even opened up yet!

What would you tell somebody that wanted to pick up per diem shifts on top of their current position?

Sure, let’s go. Tell me what you’re looking for – we’ve got you covered!

Tell us about your most rewarding recruiting experience:

My longest full time locums doctor worked with me for almost 3 years as his sole source of income. We had the same birthday and would send each other amazon gifts every year. I once sent him a pack of energy drinks and protein bars while on a long assignment. It went a long way! I also talked a Doc through changing a flat tire on a rental while she was driving to a remote hospital in Maine. After that, it’s safe to say I definitely had her trust!

KPG Healthcare specializes in flexible scheduling and offers malpractice coverage – what other things do you think are important in a placement?

We’re local. That’s pretty huge for doctors and clients. Knowing that we’re familiar with the area goes a long way. We know that 20 miles could mean a 90 minute commute. Also, as a client manager and recruiter, ultimately you’re selling yourself. We are good at what we do and have the best local relationships in the industry. Having a recruiter you trust is important for a doc who’s relying on you to get his bills paid.

What are your favorite things about working for KPG Healthcare?

KPG goes above and beyond for their clients is growing like crazy! It’s a great time to join as a provider, partnership or employee.Oh, and we also have a killer instagram page – what more could you want?!

How do you determine how best to find the perfect job for a candidate?

Tactical trial and error. It’s not throwing things against the wall and hoping they stick. It’s more about providing thought-out options based on what the provider has told you about their wants and needs. It’s okay to stretch the parameter a little too. Sometimes the perfect job is JUST outside the ideal travel radius – keep an open mind!

KPG Healthcare is proud to be your go-to source for healthcare opportunities in the West, specializing in California. Whether you’re interested in travel nursing, per diem, allied, locum tenens or permanent placement, KPG Healthcare is your trusted partner for high quality, rewarding career opportunities. Contact us today!

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