How long do you drive to work? - page 2

I've already accepted a position at a local hospital and am supposed to start Monday (as a new grad.. although I have already passed my boards). The thing is.. I was originally contracted with the... Read More

  1. by   stillpressingon
    With what you've posted, I'd do it if it were me.
  2. by   Iam46yearsold
    My distance is almost 20 miles

    Often I bike to and from weather permitting. Which in Texas is really a lot. Other days I take my EV car made by NMG that I just bought. It is so cute.
  3. by   Hoozdo
    I think it is very "doable" if you work 3 days (or nights) in a row and have reliable transportation. I am working at a seasonal position and I have been doing this since November with no problems. I work 90 miles from my house and rent a room close to my job.

    It can be a little rough on the marriage. You will be also stressed as a new grad; factor that into the equation. If it is your dream job, then go for it!
  4. by   Roy Fokker
    I drive about 3 minutes in the winter (thanks to all the blessed traffic lights).

    In the summer, I bike - or walk!

    Yes, I live roughly a mile away from work.
    And yes, I only fill my gas tank once about every 45 days...

  5. by   NewTravelingNurse
    I'm lucky I think. I drove 2200 miles to work at a seasonal place in YUMA. I am Nights 7p-7a. I live 1.7miles by car from the back door. I can sleep into 6:10 PM and be on the floor early!! I am growing tired of the medsurge area and am looking forward to another venture this next assigmnet. I think I am gonna settle down at the next hospital I feel comfortable with. YUMA is small. Not much of a chance to advance my degree (RN - MSN). Other wise I like the commute time. If this is a job that can help you decide if you'd like this area of work, then try it!!
    You learn from trying. The smart ones learn from other's failed attempts :heartbeat

    Thanks for the time.
  6. by   cnabutnot
    I live 60 miles from my job one way. I've been driving it now for about 7 years and I work the evening shift. The drive relaxes me and when I get home I am ready for bed. Driving IN is the hard part. I keep falling asleep at the wheel. NOT GOOD!
  7. by   Scrubby
    It only takes me about 25 minutes to drive to work.
    When I cycle it takes me about 40 minutes.
  8. by   Schmoo1022
    It takes me about 5 minutes, but if i was to find my dream job I'd be willing to drive a distance. I love to drive though. I find it relaxing and a nice way to unwind.
  9. by   stpchc
    I know some of the nurses I work with work 3-12 hour shifts, stay with family or friends and then go home until the next group of shifts........they drive about 2 hours (in good weather) to home................take the new job and hope hubby could try to move sooner if possible! The hospital you are working for now could have a problem if you wanted to push it and there was a signed contract at hire but who wants to go there when you know you will be moving soon.
  10. by   autumn_twilight
    I am not a nurse, (pre-nursing student) but my understanding from some other posts is that most places want to see that you made it through at least a year with your first employer as a nurse?

    You already know there's some miscommunication issues with the first hospital. There's no guarantee you're going to be able to work 36hr/wk if you stay. May is less than half a year away, and you have plans to move closer to there anyway.

    I would say, hands down, go with your dream job. Life isn't handed to us in a pretty little box with a bow on top, sometimes we have to make sacrifices. I can think of worse sacrifices to make for one's dream job than a long commute for the first few months.

    Pursue your dream job NOW before someone else takes that slot. It may not be there in 5 months.
  11. by   Destiny08
    I start Monday as a new grad. I would have to drive 1 hour to work. I will be doing 3 twelve hour shifts at night a week & rotating every other weekends. It is totally up to you what you decide. I don't mind driving. It never bothered me. If you are not the type of person that like driving, then it's not for you.
  12. by   *ac*
    I think I would take the close job.

    Orienting on your first job is more stressful than you can imagine. Doing with a huge commute and without your significant other to come home to and lean on, would be more than I could've taken.

    I've heard some advice that it's better to take a first job that is NOT where you want to end up. This is so you can make your mistakes and get your feet under you, then move on. I think there's a lot to be said for this. It's true that when you're new it's difficult to get past that label and be respected. Plus you WILL make mistakes that it would be nice to put behind you.

    Just my .02.