Travel Assignments - Local vs. Long Distance : What Did I Choose This Time?

If you have been keeping up with me, I have been on two travel nurse assignments so far: one was local in Laurinburg, NC, the other was long distance in Memphis, TN. I bet you are now wondering: which is better? Pros and cons of each? Where is Jazzy headed next?  

To answer the first question, I believe that it really just depends on preference and what is beneficial at the time. Life is constantly happening and changing and a local assignment versus a long distance one has to fit into my lifestyle at that moment. For example, my first travel assignment was local because I was new to travel nursing, I wanted to see how it was, and if it was a good fit for me. I also had to get used to being a temporary worker, the money, and the logistics of travel nursing. My second travel assignment was long distance because I wanted to step out of my comfort zone and try something new. One of the main reasons I wanted to do travel nursing was to TRAVEL, so I wanted to venture out further than North Carolina, and I’m happy that I did. Where I’m at in my life helps me to decide which of the two is better for me AT THAT TIME. 


Everything has its pros and cons, and travel assignments are definitely no exception. I know a lot of travelers that just do local assignments around their city and state and I know other travelers that travel all over the U.S and overseas as well! Each one has its benefits as well as its challenges. What I list below are not general pros and cons, but my own personal pros and cons that I had with each assignment:

Local Assignments: 


Pros - close to home; still get to participate in events with friends and family; shorter commute; comfortable; still get the travel benefits; get to know another part of your home state; meet new people; policies and procedures are similar since its in the same state; and you don’t have to worry about getting another license to practice.

Cons - the commute back and forth can get tiring; feel stuck “in a bubble”; not risky; feel like you can do more

Long Distance Assignments: 

Pros - get to see another part of the U.S or the world; meet new people (especially other travel nurses); gain independence; start a new adventure; learn new things; get to explore another place besides your own; have tips to give friends/family if they travel through there; have family/friends visit you and you can visit family/friends in your new location; add another location to your list of places you have been


Cons - far from home so you do miss out on some events with family/friends; you get lonely and homesick; have to do things by yourself (sometimes); guard is up more so you are less trusting; unfamiliar wit surroundings; possibly have to get another nursing license for that particular state if you don’t hold a compact license

As you can see with both of these assignments, the pros definitely outweigh the cons . When you make a decision on which one to choose (whether you are a travel nurse or just seeking to find a new vacation spot) just make sure it is the right decision for you and that it fits your needs. 


With that being said, where am I going next?? 


After my three weeks of rest, relaxation, rejuvenation, and fun, I have accepted a position with Duke University Hospital in Durham, NC! I will be working on a medical-surgical stepdown unit there starting Monday June 11! It is definitely a step up from the general medical-surgical floors that I’m used to working on but I am ready for and have been wanting the challenge for a few months now. Remember how I told y’all in the beginning that the assignment has to fit my lifestyle at the time? This assignment definitely does. I will be moving apartments in August and I wanted to be close to my mom to help her out due to some health issues that she will be facing soon (she is currently okay and doing well so not to worry!) But just continue to keep me and my family in your prayers and I will do the same for you and yours. I really hope y’all enjoyed this blog post and I’ll be sure to keep the blog posts coming this summer! I will definitely have more blog posts to add in the “My Own Getaways” section of my blog site; I have some major trips planned so be on the lookout for those as well :) Until then, make sure you comment, subscribe, and share and of course...

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