WOW...I felt for you through the description of that whole ordeal. I have been doing agency a long time...and have been lost, running around in circles...( and this was waaaay before the internet)...totally frustrated...about to pull every strand of my hair out!
. So I know exactly how you felt...and the constant thinking....that if I can just find it in the next few mins, I can still make it on time!
Anywho...here are two suggestions...if you haven't thought of them yourself yet..
. If you belong to a auto club...give them a call and have them route you through this maze! Also call the transportation dept in your area, and see what detours are in effect during the times you will be traveling...and have them help you route around them, to get to where you want to go.
Most hospitals have always been understanding about agency, or just staff nurses period, coming from distances away. Most people are rarely given a hard time about it...unless you're working for some real you know whats..
Anyway....don't lose heart...get back on the horse, and try again. At least you know which way...not to go now..