How Far Would You Commute for Part-time?

  1. In this economy, with no other prospects how far would you commute for a part-time position that may turn to full-time in a few months?
  2. Poll: How Far Would You Commute for Part-time?

    • Not very far, LOCAL ONLY!

      31.00% 31
    • Less than 40 miles

      45.00% 45
    • 50-60 miles

      19.00% 19
    • 60-70 miles

      15.00% 15
    • More than 70 miles

      9.00% 9
    100 Votes / Multiple Choice
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  4. by   BlueDevil,DNP
    15 minutes, max
  5. by   lily1289
    I live in NYC so a 15 mile can turn into a 2 hour drive if you hit rush hour traffic. So for me, it's not really how far it is but how much traffic i'm going to encounter when i drive to get to a job. If traffic is not a problem then i don't mind travelling up to 50 miles for a job even if it's only part time.
  6. by   Perpetual Student
    It'd partially depend upon the shift length. If it were 12 hour or greater shifts, I'd be inclined to drive a bit further as your travel investment (in terms of both money and time) per hours worked is less. If it were 8 hour shifts like 45 minutes max, unless it were a job that I was really interested in (e.g. a desirable specialty or type of unit not available closer).

    As mentioned above, distance is a less useful measure for comparison due to variation in traffic patterns and road conditions. I am surprised by the poster who said 15 minutes max. While I just bought a house 6-7 minutes from work, I used to commute about 30-40 minutes each way. Are you at a point in your life where if you did take the job and it became full time you would be able to move closer later on? That might make a little temporary sacrifice more worthwhile.
  7. by   BlueDevil,DNP
    No way would I spend that much time commuting. Life is too short. My drive is less than 5 minutes, and in good weather (9 months out of the year) I usually walk or ride my bike the less than 2 miles. My personal max is a 15 minute drive, but I probably wouldn't take any job I couldn't bike to in less than 30.
  8. by   Despareux
    I'd drive 50-60 miles. Mine and my husband's commutes have usually been long, so it's something were used to.
  9. by   MrChicagoRN
    Quote from DreamNurseRN
    In this economy, with no other prospects how far would you commute for a part-time position that may turn to full-time in a few months?
    The same distance that I would travel for a full time position.
  10. by   TheCommuter
    The important wording in the original post is "with no other prospects," which leads me to believe that someone might be unemployed.

    If I had been unemployed with no other prospects in the foreseeable future, and I desperately needed income, I would drive in excess of 70 miles to ensure that I had at least a part-time paycheck and some experience.
  11. by   BlueDevil,DNP
    Not I. I'd just move.
  12. by   joanna73
    I'm with Blue Devil. I've done the commuting thing and it sucks. An hour to and from is 2 hours added onto my work day. If I needed the job, I'd move. After having lived 5 minutes from school and work, there's no turning back for me. Quality of life is a huge factor.
  13. by   Genista
    I drive 45 min-1 hour each way to my part time job. I wish the commute was shorter, but I am liking the job and it is worth the drive. I do wish my job was in my hometown! A 15 minute commute would be sweet. But I'm also not going to put in 8 hrs of work in a setting I don't enjoy just for the sake of a short commute.Not all specialties/shifts/employers are going to be available in the hometown. ;-)
  14. by   Ruby Vee
    [FONT=comic sans ms]As far as I needed to to have an income.
  15. by   SlyFoxRN
    I currently commute an hour each way for nursing school, and it is NOT easy. At first I thought I could handle it, but after months of it, it's really wearing me down. Every day I have to get up an hour earlier than I would otherwise, and everyday I get home an hour later than everyone else. At first I wanted to work in the medical center where I do clinicals, but I can't imagine adding 2 hours to my work day every week (Think about it: a 12 hour shift becomes a 14 hour shift when driving is factored in). I'm now looking forward to graduating and working at my local hospital down the street.