Rural hospitals often specifically request the help of Nurse Practitioners and Physicians Assistants.
Why Docs Who Care?
Because we genuinely care about you, your family, and our rural communities. We show that by:
- Providing you with unparalleled service by our staff
- Offering competitive compensation
- Doing what we can to minimize your paperwork
- Communicating clearly and frequently
- Matching you in locations that fit your desired workload, practice situation, and living arrangements
- Encouraging you to be involved in the local communities where you serve.
Angie Jansen, Emergency Department Nurse
Harrison County Community Hospital in Bethany, MO
Caylon Haggard, PA
Partner since 2020
What are the benefits of choosing Docs Who Care?
Our providers come to us for a lot of different reasons, but the biggest one is flexibility of time and a heart of service. We have APPs who want to:
- Have the time to serve in the most underserved places in the world
- Support their family and children as much as possible and while working part-time hours
- Cut back on hours as they near the end of their career
Patty Kinkead, NP
Partner since 2020
For flexibility and control, DWC is an ideal option for the provider looking to gain control of their life, have plenty of time for family, church involvement, community service and other volunteer activities, both at home and worldwide.
Providers who love life. The common denominator of providers choosing to work with DWC is that they have something in their life that is of equal or greater importance than medicine. They make the choice to work part-time with us so they may pursue other interests at the same time.
Small, rural hospitals, clinics and ERs. Our focus is first and foremost on the small, rural communities where physician recruitment and retention is a challenge. Currently, we provide staffing in a number of states throughout the Midwest.
Those of a rural family practice doctor. Depending on the assignment, your duties might include clinic, in-patient, nursing home, ER, and other community duties including education, consultation and public relations. If you enjoy the full scope of family practice medicine, you’ll find fulfillment working for DWC.
Community involvement. DWC has gained a reputation for its providers who become involved in the communities where they work. We invite our providers to get involved through church attendance, participation in high school activities, service clubs, or other areas in which they have an interest. This involvement is greatly appreciated by the community and helps to build lasting relationships in the towns where you work.
Terrific. The fact that you demonstrated the flexibility, skill and independence to succeed in a variety of situations is attractive to future employers and partners. Your experience with DWC will prepare you well for whatever assignment you might accept in the future.
More than you might expect. You will receive a competitive daily or hourly rate based on the scope of services and patient volumes requested by the site. Prior to accepting an assignment, you will receive the specifics regarding the compensation. You ultimately control how much you work, and we will assist you in designing a schedule that meets and supports your income goals.
Housing. Each site provides housing for the DWC provider. In most cases, an off-campus house, duplex or apartment is available for your use. Oftentimes, the housing is suitable for your entire family to accompany you on the assignment. For some weekend assignments, a sleep room in the hospital is provided unless you plan for your spouse and family to accompany you.
Usually not more than seven consecutive days. Rather than take you away from your home and family for extended periods of time, DWC assigns providers for shifts not to exceed seven days. That allows you time for other responsibilities before returning to that site for another seven day shift…usually two to three weeks apart. We believe in the value of continuity and do our best to schedule providers to the same site as much as possible.
That depends. DWC is called upon to provide both long-term and short-term coverage for sites. In some cases, our coverage is for six months or less. In others, our coverage extends into several years of continuous staffing.
A lot. We will give you a comprehensive description of the assignment that will allow you to evaluate how well it might fit you. It will also give you critical information such as average number of patients seen in the clinic, inpatient, ER settings, etc. Accepting an assignment for the first time also gives you the opportunity to “try out” the site and see how well it suits your skills, personality, etc.
It’s up to you. Your work with DWC is based on a mutual agreement. Once your credentials are verified, our scheduling department will include you in assignment offers they believe would match with your skills and interests. You are free to accept or decline any assignment. We try to schedule ninety days in advance which allows you to build your personal schedule around DWC.
No. Providers with DWC are considered independent contractors. As such, you are certainly free to make other work arrangements. You are in control of your work schedule and are not obligated to work any certain number of shifts or hours. Additionally, as an independent contractor, you are responsible for your personal tax liability, professional liability insurance, and travel expenses to and from the hospital.
Professional credentials, professional liability insurance, travel. Whatever you would need to complete in order to practice as a provider anywhere else…license, DEA, state narcotics license (if applicable), etc…is what we will expect. DWC staff can assist you in finding professional liability insurance that best fits your need. You will also provide your own travel arrangements to and from each location.
Comparable to any other standards for privileges. Our verification process includes a thorough review and primary source verification of your education and training, your work history, your current standing with specialty boards and state medical boards, the status of your medical license and privileges with any medical institutions, and more. We investigate any past or pending malpractice cases filed against you, review any disciplinary actions, and talk with professional references who have worked closely with you within the past two years. It’s a thorough process that gives us and our clients a comprehensive view of your professional history.
It varies with the assignment. The requirements vary from site to site. However, we recommend that you have ACLS, ATLS, and PALS. In addition, you will need to maintain CME hours in specific areas as required by the site where you are assigned.
It’s up to you. Depending on your ability to return our paperwork, we can complete your DWC verification in a matter of weeks. We are then able to begin discussing specific work opportunities with you.
Our Providers Say it Best
I have always felt appreciated at every facility I have staffed. The emails I receive each week remind me how great the need is for medical professionals in rural communities.
- Warren “Zev” Levinson, MDRead More
I got my life back! I have true free time, more time for my family and myself.
- Deb Manning, MDRead More
Moonlighting boosted my confidence and let me apply what I was learning in residency. It made me realize I enjoyed doing acute care.
- Lindsay Williams, MDRead More
Working with Docs Who Care has been amazing. As a PA who has worked in critical access for 14 years, I can say with certainty that you will not find a more kind, thorough group to help navigate the minefields of rural ED work than Docs Who Care.
- Caylon Haggard, PARead More
I consider it a “gift” when I can work on a holiday so a local physician can have time off with their family.
- Tim Lawton, MDRead More
Working with DWC has revitalized my love of patients, health care, and caregiving! I believe the service and mission-oriented purpose of Docs Who Care, and the integrity of its leadership, makes a remarkable difference in the organizational environment.
- Debra Wolfe, ARNPRead More
Docs Who Care is the most professional organization for which I’ve ever worked. Everyone has that rare combination of being courteous, conscientious, and competent. I can’t recall anything ever falling through the cracks.
- Gregg Mercier, PA-CRead More