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July 10, 2020
June 22, 2022

How do healthcare staffing agencies work?

The healthcare industry is experiencing a shortage in medical personnel, making those who practice medicine in high demand. As a decisionmaker in healthcare, we understand the challenges of filling shifts. Add your job requirements, and let us find you the perfect candidates.

As the aging patient population continues to stretch the already thin ranks of providers, more and more hospitals and medical facilities are turning to locum tenens physicians and advanced practitioners to fill the voids. Whether you are completely new to the locum tenens way of doing things or experienced with working with medical staffing companies, we encourage you to try Lucidity by Health Carousel Locum Tenens, where providers can browse jobs and apply at any time, and you can log in to see who’s ready to go to work.

How to work with a staffing agency to hire a locum tenens physician

In order to hire a locum tenens physician or advanced practitioner through a staffing agency like Lucidity by Health Carousel Locum Tenens, our staffing specialists will work to learn about your preferences and requirements to keep your healthcare facility running at the highest possible standard. We offer two options, self-service or managed service, so you can be as hands-on or hands-off in the hiring process as you’d like.

Posting your job to Lucidity is completely free. As soon as your job is in our system, our algorithm goes to work finding the best providers in our system for the job and notifies them of the match. Many temporary healthcare staffing agencies, including Lucidity, provide services such as contracting, credentialing, state licensing (if needed), travel and living arrangements, and act as the liaison during the negotiation process.

We understand that the timeline for temporary physician or advanced practitioner jobs can range from a few days to up to two years. Lucidity can accommodate jobs that are locum tenens only, locum to perm, or direct hire.

Why should healthcare facilities use staffing agencies to find providers?

While it is possible to search for and find temporary physicians/advanced practitioners on your own, there are many benefits of working with a medical staffing agency, such as:


Most medical staffing agencies have large networks to connect employers with the best temporary employees. These networks search and find healthcare providers from across the country, meaning you could get talent from anywhere and aren’t limited to your local area.


Medical staffing agencies take the time, energy and resources to pre-screen their applicants before sending them to you. Aside from looking at their resumes, some healthcare staffing agencies perform background checks and interviews to make sure they are providing the best qualified candidates for potential employers.


Recruiting can be costly and time consuming for hospitals and healthcare facilities. Medical staffing agencies are able to use their network to recruit top talent from across the county. For many smaller healthcare facilities, this can save them the cost of hiring more full-time recruiters.


Since medical staffing agencies have pre-vetted their candidates, this saves you valuable time and resources searching for a provider to fill time sensitive positions. In addition, some medical staffing agencies are able to send last minute replacements if your staff is ill or unable to work a shift unexpectedly.