Are they different because travel nurses go to a hospital at other state but local per-diem nurses go to a hospital more close to their area? Or does the main difference have to do with a time period? Such as 12 weeks for travel nursing vs. longer period (one year?) for local hospital contract? If you go to a hospital as a local per-diem contract nurse, will you be treated more like a hospital employee (receive training & longer orientation, feel closer to other employees, etc.) than going as a travel nurse?