travel nurse coming home

Coming Home from an Assignment as a
Travel Healthcare Professional

Deploying with Krucial definitely has its perks – the ability to work with a community of caring medical staff, helping patients in need, and challenging yourself with a difficult crisis assignment. Although the connections made during deployments can be lifelong, we understand that many of our staff members experience homesickness.

While our deployments are a minimum of 4 weeks, we have been fortunate enough to have nurses who have deployed with us for even longer! We love to hear our staff’s stories about their assignments, but we also wanted to know how it felt coming back home after a deployment – and received a mix of emotions.

One of our Krucial Krew Members, Alyssa Scarnaty said, “When I first got home, it was rough. I felt like there was a divide between normal people and everyone in healthcare.” She reflected on how spending so much time on her assignment made her realize the severity of others not following COVID precautions.

“I wanted to go back right away because Krucial felt like home when nowhere and no one else did.”

While we are grateful for our hardworking staff, we also understand the toll the severity of assignments can take on those deployed. Remaining positive and dedicated to helping others is among many of our responses, and we thank Alyssa and everyone alike.  

More positive stories included being greeted by family, pets, and friends up arriving home. Distance makes the heart grow fonder, so it’s no surprise that emotions can be heightened once returning to loved ones. A fellow Krew member said coming home was “Emotional – Once my kids hugged me, I lost it.”

Another Krew member compared the feeling akin to “a child on Christmas morning.”

The excitement can be overwhelming, as well. After spending an extended amount of time in crisis mode, the feeling of attempting to wind back down can be unsettling. Many of our Krew members noted that they felt some anxiety, and had a hard time adjusting to much quieter surroundings.

Although the adjustment period may be difficult at first, we know that our staff is strong enough to overcome it. The best remedy for anxiety and unfamiliarity is to check in with yourself and give close attention to your mental health. Check out our blog on mental health for suggestions and resources to aid with anxiety.

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Comments (3)

  • Krucial is my family away from family. I’ve always felt at home when away with Krucial. I’m a veteran of NYC, x 1 and Texas x 2. Each deployment was AMAZING. I never worried about anything BUT working. They took awesome care of me. Krucial took care of me like Family so I was always able to do what I was born to do. I’ll always stick with Krucial. My home away from home….my Family away from family.

  • This has been a heart filling experience. Yes I was home sick but I found a family away from home with people from all walks of life, from all over the world. The staff and all the awesome nurses and respiratory therapist that I encountered I’ll never forget. I thank Krucial for trusting me and choosing me to come out and help fight this faceless virus. When I return home I’ll continue to take back with me the motivation to help fight this virus and instill it in the people back home so we can return back to a united nation. Hats off to Krucial, this has been a wonderful experience.

  • I was very fortunate to start working with Krucial in July of 2020, then within 2 weeks my dad was dying due to Covid. So, I had to return home to be with my family and dad for one last time. Then, I was thankful that I was able to get back with Krucial, again, which helped me with my grief, while remembering my dad & the reason why I chose my profession. God is so good & so is Krucial for being there for me when I needed it the most. Keep on going strong & changing lives for the better!

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