Working as a Locum Tenens provider involves change. It involves change of venue, change of the people you interact with, even change of your overall environment. You are possibly thrust into a new area of the country, with a local culture very different from yours. There is a possibility that the mechanics of the team you work with, do procedures in a way that is slightly different than you are used to. As a healthcare provider Locum Tenens assignments also place you in the position of feeling like “the new kid at school”. Everyone is looking at you.
This change can be very beneficial to you!
*”Most of our daily activities, including many of our work habits, are controlled by a part of the brain called the basal ganglia. These habitual, repetitive tasks take much less mental energy to perform because they have become “hardwired” and we no longer have to give them much conscious thought. “The way we’ve always done it” is mentally comfortable. It not only feels right, it feels good.
Change jerks us out of this comfort zone by stimulating the prefrontal cortex, an energy-intensive section of the brain responsible for insight and impulse control. People generally have a heightened level of observation at these times. The act of paying attention creates chemical and physical changes in the brain. In fact, attention is continually reshaping brain patterns. Concentrating attention on a thought or an insight or a fear will, over time, keep the relevant circuitry open and dynamically alive. With enough focus, these circuits become stable, physical links in the brain’s structure. The term “attention density” refers to the amount of attention paid to a particular mental experience over a specific time. The greater the concentration on a specific idea, results in higher the attention density.
Most people respond favorably to change they create. Brain research shows us why this is so. At the moment when someone chooses change, their brain scan shows a tremendous amount of activity as insight develops and the brain begins building new and complex connections. When people solve a problem by themselves, the brain releases a rush of neurotransmitters like adrenaline, and this natural “high” becomes associated positively with the change experience”.
Many of the physicians that I work with have commented on how the differences and the new settings, brought out the best in them. Many say they are invigorated when they returned to their existing practice. Can the differences, and change of settings be a tonic for physician “burn out”?
Almost all of the providers I work with, who do Locum Tenens as a practice model say that the changes, and new experiences are what makes Locum Tenens work the most enjoyable.
*Margaret J. King, Ph.D., Director J. G. O’Boyle, Senior Analyst The Center for Cultural Studies & Analysis