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- Dec 10, '12 by Ntheboat2Quote from Aussierules1985Exactly. I used to work with a girl who drove almost 2 hours, but it was only once a week because she got an apartment in the town where we worked. Obviously, it was worth it to her to pay rent in another town just to avoid driving back and forth every day. Her kids were grown too so she didn't have anyone depending on her to come home. Me? I don't have rent or mortgage where I live so moving wouldn't be worth it, and renting an apartment would cost more than I spend in gas. Plus, I have kids so I have to come back home every day. It would be nice to drive five minutes to an apartment and just crash though! There's no extra time at all, and barely enough to just sleep before going back when you have to wake up extra early and get home extra late because of commute time. I'm just thankful to have a job though, and enjoying it is a bonus.So when I first started my clinic job, I had to drive to a very tiny town an hour away once a week plus three times a week switching sites at lunch for a 40 minute drive. After nearly wrecking at lunch hour I realized I had to change....
Ironically my boss took away the distance day re-shuffling the staff and I work at closer commutes. So i'm pretty happy!
Will say though, my other NP had worked every day in this smaller far off town, and decided to leave it despite making way more... wasn't worth the fuel, or the extra effort.
I think you've got to ask whats it worth to you. Some people acutually need the extra cash; i'll make do with the easier experience and relaxing boss.
- Dec 11, '12 by itsmejuliI really dislike commuting anywhere that takes more than 20 minutes to get there.
My school was 20 minute drive, clinical sites were 15 minute drive.
My first nursing job was 15 minute commute.
My current job is a 15 minute commute without traffic and maybe 20 min with traffic. And now that the new light rail transit it open I can walk 4 blocks then jump on the train that goes within 2 blocks of my workplace.....a 15 minute nap
And the next place I'm considering applying to is on the train line, so no driving at all.
- Dec 11, '12 by BostonTerrierLoverRNI suggest some good tunes on an iPod, a FM transmitter, then you can play songs, podcasts, and...
You can even use iPod/iPhone to look up Allnurses.com to see what your buddies are up to(that is a total joke, as much of an AN fan as I am, don't post and drive!!!)Lol!!!!...
But, this is the truth, once I checked up on a hot topic while the State Trooper finished my Speeding Warning
- Dec 11, '12 by joanna73Quote from itsmejuliI completely agree! My quality of life and personal time is most important. Anything longer than a 45 minute commute, and I would move to be closer. Currently, I walk to work. Back home, my school was across the street and the hospital was a 7 minute walk. You cannot beat finishing a 13 hour shift and walking home 10 minutes. This scenario is ideal for me.I really dislike commuting anywhere that takes more than 20 minutes to get there.My school was 20 minute drive, clinical sites were 15 minute drive. My first nursing job was 15 minute commute.My current job is a 15 minute commute without traffic and maybe 20 min with traffic. And now that the new light rail transit it open I can walk 4 blocks then jump on the train that goes within 2 blocks of my workplace.....a 15 minute nap And the next place I'm considering applying to is on the train line, so no driving at all.
- Dec 11, '12 by YouDontKnowI am currently about 30 minutes from where I work. I don't mind the time, especially coming home. It gives me time to chill out, decompress, listen to the morning radio shows, but I DO think about the cost of gas. I would LOVE to move closer to the mountains, but the gas and the snow during the winter, I don't think it would be worth it, gas-wise.
- Dec 11, '12 by jeannepaulI am working as an On call hospice nurse, live an hour away from the office and have approx. 50mile radius. On the average day I will drive 100-200+ miles. I dont mind, I love my job and I listen to books on tape. you can check them out free at the library 5 at a time so my time passes very quickly. sometimes the worse part is getting to the house just when the book is getting good, I have been known to sit in my driveway longer than I should because I don't want to miss anything. My kids have to come drag me out of my car!!!
- Dec 11, '12 by GenistaMy commute is usually an hour, but sometimes 1 hr and a half or more on busy days. Somedays, my commute is only 40 minutes! Depends on traffic conditions. :-) An hour commute each way is okay. I wish it were shorter, though. I too, like to listen to the radio on my way. A job in my home town seems so dreamy. I can't even imagine. I am used to being on the road for hours every day.
- Dec 11, '12 by FlyingScotI commuted an hour and 45 minutes one way for a flight job (12 hours night shift). It very negatively impacted my quality of life and my physical/mental health. I lasted 18 months before I gave up. Now I commute 20 minutes but where I live that's pretty standard whether you're going 2 miles or 20 so it just feels like a trip to the mall.
- Dec 11, '12 by ProfRN4This thread comes at a perfect time for me. I am considering a new position, where the commute is 40 minutes (with no traffic, which will never be the case) to 1.5 hours. It is about 17 miles away!! Yes, I live in a "big city". I am trying to make sense of all of this, by telling myself that MANY people commute longer and further away than I do. I know many people who do it and have done it, and they claim that they don't mind (until some actually leave the position, citing the commute as one of the factors, lol). The thing is, there are plenty of other places I could work at, that I will drive past to get there. For the last 10 years or so, my commute has been so minimal; the longest being about 20 minutes (driving).
I'm trying to keep a positive attitude, and thinking about how I can best utilize that "me" time in the car, without losing my patience, and getting over the fact that there will be traffic every day, that I will have no control over. I recently started listening to various podcasts, and have a lot to catch up on.