Locums Survey

Perfusion Locums Survey

Authored By Nadia Azuero B.S., CCP, LP

Assistance with Design & Implementation: Frank Aprile, BBA, LP, CCP

Who Am I- & Why the Survey…

In my 9 years of being a perfusionist, I consider myself lucky to have had the experiences that I have had. From PTEs, to minimally invasive heartport, to mini-circuits & platelet gel, to pediatrics, and locums perfusion, its been an interesting, continuously learning time.

I’ve learned that to stay current and up to date with all the changes and transitions, it is important not to get stagnant. In all of my multifaceted experience, from student to CCP, I’ve come to realize that it all boils down to clinical ability & knowledge.

This Survey is Intended to Sort a Few Things Out…

The bar is set pretty high when you arrive. I don’t know you, and you don’t know me. But as a perfusionist, I expect that you would scrutinize me as you would any new staff member. And when I say “me” it is a metaphor for all of the part time help- or Locums that are out there basically walking into a new and raw environment.

This survey is designed to promote not the use of a Locums, but the understanding of expectations and interactions and preconceptions that may come into play when you contract one.

As a Locums myself, I run into a mix of questions that I ask myself before I arrive- not because I don’t know my answer, but because I anticipate (as any perfusionist would) that these are the questions on the minds of the new staff I am about to interact with.

  • Why Don’t you have a permanent job?
  • Have you had problems somewhere else?
  • Can we count on you?
  • How fast can you learn the system?
  • Can you handle an ECMO at the last minute?
  • Can you handle a new environment?
  • What if our surgeons are too tough- can you handle it?
  • Can you work with a surgeon you meet the morning of the case and strive to have it progress as flawlessly as possible?
  • Are you trying to take our contract?

Ready for Day 1

The “Why” do a Survey Question ?

The following survey is to shed light on the locums aspect of perfusion. We have all been short handed before and know how we feel about that. But how does a Locums really fit in? If possible take the survey, any response has significance (positive or negative).

Perfusionists in themselves are a rare breed, and locums, even more so.

As a community perhaps we can gain a perspective from those of you that use locums frequently to those of you that have never come across one.

There are no right or wrong answers until it comes to putting someone on bypass in the middle of the night.

To take the Locums Survey- Click Image Above …

To view Survey Results- Click Here

Thank you for your participation and enjoy!


Nadia Azuero, B.S., CCP, LP

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