Currently doing 12 hour overnights in a job I'm not very fond of, mostly clock watching. But this job is 15 minutes away. I have been offered a position I'd really enjoy, on the day shift, but requires a one hour commute each...
Its not really a choice where I live, all of the hospitals are at least in hour away in each direction. I'm also on a tri-state line so my options for job hunting were very limited until I endorsed to the other states. I actually enjoy the drive (besides in bad weather).
What did you decide, @nursebythesea? I am in a similar position while job hunting. How far is too far for that dream job? I'm worried about falling asleep on the way home from night shift. Otherwise, I think it's doable.
An hour commute is about the upper limit I'd accept, but yes, I'd do it. A commute can be a great time to decompress. I have a bluetooth headset for my phone and call all my friends on the opposite coast during my drive!
I'd totally do it. I'm student nurse at the moment and commuting 4h/day to attend the nursing program I wanted to go. I've a nursing program in my city as well, but has not as good reputation as the one I'm in.
I did it as a PCT because it was in an ER that I would never see people I knew. However, I was last hired so I was first laid off and ended up 20 minutes away in a hospital ER where I saw people I knew all the time.
Yes an hour is not too bad. Make a list of the pros and cons of the jobs. What if the only con is the hour drive and there is like 20 pros?!? I think you need to think of both good and bad and if the cons outweigh the pros then no don't do it!
I ended up staying close by. I have 2 children at home. I thought It would be better to stay close enough to get to their school, for when the nurse calls, sporting events, etc. But Im regretting the decision and looking around again!