How far is too far?

  1. After experiencing brief relief at putting in for a transfer out of my misery from the 'orientation from h@ll' I am told that they can not consider my transfer at this time. They had hired 18 new nurses but now are in the midst of a budget crunch and guess who could possibly be getting the axe? All 18 of us, they are going to make due with the staff they previously had. So now no transfer and possibly no job. They will not give any of us specifics and are very vague when we ask if we should begin looking for another position. The next nearest facility is an hour away. How far do you drive to work, and if you were in this position would you begin to send out resumes or stick it out and hope for the best?
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  2. 17 Comments

  3. by   KaraLea
    I drive about 1 1/4 hr each way for work. But, I live out in the country and have to drive pretty far in order to get anywhere for work. I did start a thread about how far everyone drives to work. Here it is...
    http://allnurses.com/forums/showthre...threadid=17796

    I think you should start sending out resumes if you are really getting the idea that you may not have a job soon.
  4. by   Teshiee
    I drive 45 to an hour. It really depends on the traffic. I would cover thy behind don't wait around til you have no job. Always have a back door.
  5. by   OrthoNutter
    The drive is only really 45mins but if I don't leave more than an hour early, I can never get a park. But that's nothing to me....I had to drive nearly 2hrs every day to go to uni so an hour is nothing. I have to admit though....the late earlies damn near kill me.
  6. by   Kayzee
    Huggietoes, I've been reading your threads and it really upsets me about your position. If I were you I'd start looking for a new job now. How has your orientation been going? What on earth is wrong with some of these nurses? I orientated for a few weeks at a hospital, and the nurse orientating me was just terrible. Didn't speak a word to me during lunch break. can't believe I just sat there. I'm a different person today, and I for one will not stand for that type of behavior again. I just applied at a hospital again and had interview yesterday. Seems like a nice place to work. Its in Med-Surg on PM's..my fav. I stressed to them that I want a thorough orientation. After that last exp. with the hospital I went back to LTC, which I did enjoy. Problems with Mgt. sent me out looking again. I think things happen for a reason, and am looking forward to new oppurtunities. Please don't stay in a place that causes you so much discomfort. Its not worth it. If I were you I would tell someone what is happening. When I told the manager about my orientation at the hosp., she just said "well, everyone has there own personalities. What personality? Anyway, my current drive time to LTC facility is 10 min. all freeway. I timed myself when I went for my interview at the hospital, and it was 5 min. more. Not bad at all. I will be thinking about you, and keep us posted on your orientation from hell.
  7. by   joyflnoyz
    Here in Michigan, I work 20 miles from where I'm staying with my dad ..where I livein Texas, the distance is 30 miles, but I'm 15 miles from the grocery store there
  8. by   Ted
    It's a lovely 45 minute drive to work. . . especially pretty in the fall with the change of color in the tree.

    Sorry to read about your job situation.

    Good luck to you.

    Ted
  9. by   donmurray
    Doesn't hurt to look around, it seems to be easier to change a job than to find one from scratch. I used to drive 10 miles, mostly country ones.
    Ted, you know you should be watching the road, not the trees! LOL!
  10. by   grneturtle
    I will say it again and they wonder why there is no loyality in nursing !
    Yes!!!!!!!!!1
    Always put out your resume, and check the adds, because remember you are a valuable comodity and this is a nursing shortage!
    Skew them, they have not given you any justification to be waiting while they make a decision and its easier to get a job while working at a job, then standing in an unemployment line!
    Good luck!!!
  11. by   BadBird
    Definately put out your resumes, always look out for yourself as management will not. If you accept a job at another hospital try staying flex or perdiem whatever they call it for a while to try out your new position then you will know for sure. I find that a lot of the nurses are afraid to try something new they will just stay for 20 years complaining and not doing anything about it. The first move is scary but you will gain strength and more knowledge. Good luck!!!
  12. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Can you say, "SEE YA!"......um all the signs are getting BRIGHTER AND LOUDER. Time to Move ON BEFORE you get the "axe" you anticipate. Good luck to you! Keep us posted, we do care. I am so sorry for your problems! Do NOT let this demoralize you. There are better jobs and people out there, trust me.

    Oh, and DO check....maybe a more distant hospital has a "Baylor" plan...where you work only weekends and get fulltime credit. This would save on the number of times you would drive back and forth. Some I know do this and LOVE IT...and yes, they commute an hour plus! Ask about this!
    Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Jul 11, '02
  13. by   l.rae
    RUNNNNNNNNNNNN FOREST!!!!!!!....GO NOW...there are a lot of options.....my last job exp was not pleasent....15 minutes away from home......changed jobs...drive almost 40 minutes now........don't even regret one of those minutes.......good luck.....LR
  14. by   thisnurse
    im pretty lucky...it only takes me 15-20 mns to get to work. thinking about transferring to a hospital even closer.
    i live in a place where its easy to get to just about any hospital in the city.

    you need to get out of there. too bad they wasted your time with their half azzed orientation. you could have been working somewhere where you would actually be learning AND be appreciated. they tied you up with their bull. dont let them tie you up any longer. of course they are going to tell you to hold on, not apply anywhere else yet, they will use you until the very second they can let you go...at their advantage.
    try not to feel too badly about this...if nothing else you are coming away with a great lesson in dealing with azzholes. you will be all the better prepared for your next position.
    good luck huggie!

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