Commute time East side Valley to Beverly Hills (west side?)

  1. Anybody make the dayshift commute from East san fernando valley/north san fernando valley to the west side/beverly hills area? I'm wondering how bad it is, specifically to drive it. Time, etc

    TIA
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  2. 17 Comments

  3. by   Gomer
    Monday through Friday from 0600 to 0930 and again from 1600 to 1900 it's impossible, aka, a parking lot. You are talking about the 101 and 405 freeways which are the most crowded freeways in southern California. If you are planning on driving this route might I suggest you pack a lunch, get alot of books-on-tape, and have the patience of Job. (Saturdays and Sundays are about 75% as bad). This not a good commute!
  4. by   777RNThatsMe
    Quote from Gomer
    Monday through Friday from 0600 to 0930 and again from 1600 to 1900 it's impossible, aka, a parking lot. You are talking about the 101 and 405 freeways which are the most crowded freeways in southern California. If you are planning on driving this route might I suggest you pack a lunch, get alot of books-on-tape, and have the patience of Job. (Saturdays and Sundays are about 75% as bad). This not a good commute!
    Eww that is what I was afraid of. I was looking for you Gomer on here and couldn't find you but there you are...I know you seem to know LA well.

    Well that is a true bummer deal. They (on the west side) have nice new grad training (example six months pacu...or 4 months L&D)...

    so gomer...do you know what hospitals have decent new grad training in perhaps specialty areas? On those freeways that don't have that horrendous commute? (Are there any of those that EXIST? LOL)
  5. by   Gomer
    Some (but not all) of the "valley" hospitals I know of are: St. Joseph's (Burbank), Methodist (Arcadia), Huntington (Pasadena), Glendale Memorial (Glendale). I don't know if they have new grad programs and if they do if they are in you areas of choice, but it wouldn't hurt to give them a call.

    Also, you might want to go to www.nurseweek.com as I noticed they have a couple of LA-area job fairs coming up and you might find more information there. Good Luck!
  6. by   carol72
    I have done the following commutes

    Pasadena to Santa Monica
    Glendale to Beverly Hills
    Woodland Hills to Westwood (UCLA Med Center)

    None are pretty. Best wishes
  7. by   TheCommuter
    Here are San Fernando Valley hospitals that I can think of.....

    1. Valley Presbyterian Hospital, Van Nuys
    2. Providence Holy Cross Medical Center, Mission Hills
    3. Encino Hospital, Encino
    4. Encino/Tarzana Regional Medical Center, Tarzana
    5. West Hills Hospital, West Hills
    6. Providence St. Joseph Medical Center, Burbank
    7. Glendale Adventist Hospital, Glendale
    8. Olive View Medical Center, Sylmar
    9. Kaiser Hospital, Panorama City
    10. Kaiser Hospital, Woodland Hills
    11. Northridge Hospital

    There are more hospitals, but this list was generated from off the top of my head. Good luck!

    By the way, I did the commute from Bakersfield to Van Nuys (mid-Valley) for one year and it only took 1.5 hours to travel the 95 miles each way.
  8. by   777RNThatsMe
    thanks everyone
  9. by   TheCommuter
    One more question: why are you going to live in the east Valley?
  10. by   mercyteapot
    Also, look into the subway lines that might be near the hospitals and any neighborhoods you're thinking about moving to and see if they would work.
  11. by   Gomer
    Subways? In California? Underground public transportation in earthquake country? Well, in the LA area there is the limited Metro and in San Francisco there is BART. But this is the land of the automobile/freeway where public transportation is a joke.
  12. by   mercyteapot
    Gomer, I was just in LA yesterday and took the subway from Children's Hospital. Kaiser is across the street. Yes, it is limited, but it is still a viable option if you happen to work at one of those two hospitals and live near a Metro stop. The OP is looking for information and options. As far as BART goes, it is infinitely easier to use that system than to try in that city.
  13. by   777RNThatsMe
    Someone asked why I'd be living perhaps east valley...and working west...well if I took the bev hills job it's west..and it's too much money to live west..with a family...so i am leaning east... if I take the job. Also have heard east is not only more affordable but better for families w/young kids. Problem is the commute.Perhaps I need to find a hospital east ! Basically i am still job hunting in the entire state of CA I was just wondering what the situation would be should I take a job at the west hospital as they had good benefits etc. And they seem to pay highest for new grads
  14. by   TheCommuter
    Quote from 777RNThatsMe
    Someone asked why I'd be living perhaps east valley...and working west...well if I took the bev hills job it's west..and it's too much money to live west..with a family...so i am leaning east... if I take the job. Also have heard east is not only more affordable but better for families w/young kids. Problem is the commute.Perhaps I need to find a hospital east ! Basically i am still job hunting in the entire state of CA I was just wondering what the situation would be should I take a job at the west hospital as they had good benefits etc. And they seem to pay highest for new grads
    The eastern San Fernando Valley is great as long as you stay away from the crime-ridden enclave of Pacoima.

    Sunland and Tujunga are really nice places to live. Lakeview Terrace is a scenic hillside community. Sylmar is beautiful as long as you live by the hills. Burbank and Glendale are wonderful eastern valley communities. Mission Hills is also a low-crime area with easy freeway access. I've always liked the hills of Sun Valley for some odd reason. North Hollywood, Studio City, Panorama City, North Hills, Arleta and Valley Village are the other east Valley cities. And we cannot forget about the city of San Fernando. Van Nuys is the largest of the east Valley communities.

    In addition, there are plenty of nearby hospitals that don't require a lengthy commute. Good luck.

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