There’s a saying that if you know what you want, the universe will deliver it. That statement may be a stretch when you as a clinic administrator consider the type of provider you need for your facility and patient population, but there’s also a strategy. To find providers who will be an excellent fit for […]
About Sheila Gibson
Sheila Gibson is an Operations Associate at WMS. Between family and work commitments, she loves to write, travel, and cook, not necessarily in that order, but those three are always in the mix. Sheila is originally from Mississippi but spent almost twenty years in beautiful Colorado, where she and her husband, Rob, raised their children. They moved from Colorado to Alaska in 2006 for a one-year empty-nest adventure. Fifteen years later, after a lengthy residence in Southeast Alaska, they’re transitioning to a part-time life in Kirkland, Washington, while keeping a footprint (at least for now) in Alaska. Sheila’s excited to be part of the WMS team and to use the experience she gained working with three very different organizations in Alaska in her new role with WMS. Sheila and Rob love to entertain and cook, and they have an open door policy: if you stop by to visit, you’re invited to dinner!
Entries by Sheila Gibson
It’s a fact of modern medicine that credentialing is a complex and essential part of adding a new provider to staff, whether it be for a clinic, hospital, or other medical environment. Long gone are the days when a diploma and medical license were sufficient credentials to practice medicine. In this article, we will discuss […]
Onboarding can mean many things, depending on the type of provider joining your staff, the size and complexity of the organization, and the work the individual will be doing at your site. In this article, we’ll break down how to onboard locum tenens providers at your facility. A locum provider who comes to your facility […]
Operating a modern healthcare facility, whether that be a clinic, hospital, industrial setting, or some hybrid model, is almost as much about managing the financial viability of the organization as it is about the healthcare being delivered by staff. Let’s be honest: if you can’t afford to keep your doors open, no one is going […]
It’s no secret that the healthcare industry is currently experiencing unprecedented levels of healthcare provider shortages. While there are many reasons for this, including increased workloads, lack of work-life balance, an aging population, and a lack of incoming students, burnout among healthcare providers is at an all-time high since the COVID-19 pandemic. As a healthcare […]
Alaska is unique in many ways. It’s called “the last frontier” for good reason, and if you practice medicine in the state, especially if you’re working as a locum tenens provider, you’ll want to be prepared for unusual circumstances, delays, weather, and all things unexpected. This is all part of the Alaska lifestyle. In this […]
The following article was authored by Sheila Gibson, WMS Account Executive. Sheila has over 15 years of experience working with healthcare facilities in Alaska. Managing a healthcare facility is challenging in the best of times and keeping qualified providers on staff is one of the most difficult tasks in today’s healthcare environment. Sooner or later […]
The following article was written by Sheila Gibson, WMS account executive. Sheila has extensive knowledge of traveling back and forth between Washington State and rural Alaska, as her husband, Dr. Gibson, was a long-time physician in a rural Alaskan health center, while her family lived in the lower 48. So, you’re going on a locum […]
It doesn’t matter if you work at a critical access hospital, industrial facility, rural healthcare clinic, or tribal medical center; when a new locum tenens is about to come into your location, they want to feel welcome and ready to get to work. First impressions count for both the healthcare facility and the locum tenens. […]
The locums lifestyle offers variety, flexibility, travel, adventure, and some interesting challenges! Providers who accept assignments to remote locations for WMS are well-aware of this, and many have developed highly refined strategies for creative packing and resource management in the field. For providers new to WMS, or for those who haven’t yet experienced some of […]
Wilderness Medical Staffing (WMS) is a team of experienced staffing experts. We provide locum tenens and permanent placements for physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants. We specialize in placing excellent, compassionate providers in rural clinics, hospitals, and communities across the continental Northwest and Alaska.