How far do you commute to work?

  1. Hi all. I'm a new grad RN (May 2006).

    I resigned my first job as an RN at a small community hospital close to home at the end of my orientation period (7 weeks). Without going into detail, I'll just say that it was crystal clear that 'we' were not a good match and that my license would be in jeopardy if I continued to work without appropriate training/preceptorship.

    So, here I am looking at other hospitals (very closely!) and I'm wondering how far people commute to their jobs. Many of the hospitals that I find attractive and seem to have good reputations for training and development of new RN's are pretty far away.

    Thanks!
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  3. by   TazziRN
    30 miles one way for me, and I'm one of the closer ones. Most of our nurses commute 50-70 miles one way.
  4. by   Tweety
    I hate driving. I'm lucky, it takes me only 7 minutes door to door.

    Good luck!
  5. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    30 minutes one way now.

    There's one woman i work with who commutes 2 hours. I can't imagine the paycheck being worth it, considering plenty of it is ate up by fuel for the car.
  6. by   flowerchick
    Wow! So I guess that the hospital that's an hour drive isn't too bad after all!

    Thanks again.
  7. by   teenynurse
    I commute about hour away so 45-50 miles one way it dont bother me I like to drive and gives me a little while to relax and listen to music.
  8. by   Pompom
    12 miles = 20 minutes for me
  9. by   CritterLover
    [font="comic sans ms"]depends on which facility in the system i'm starting at. minimum of 43 miles. a clinic i go to is about 55 miles. office is little over 60 miles. there are times when i start farther away than that, but not often.
  10. by   Mulan
    Five miles and five minutes sounds like a good commute to me.
  11. by   Sylv
    How about 5 miles and 5-10 minutes depending on how you catch the red light?
  12. by   cannoli
    I've worked at places both near and far (eight hour shifts), the farthest was probably a 45 minute drive.
  13. by   777RNThatsMe
    It would seem to me, that it is all about what you as a person will tolerate; versus what you want in life/a job...i.e., if you don't want to spend 4 hours a day in commute, in your car...then don't. If you don't mind..and a hospital gives you what you want, go for it. It's all about where your priorities lie. When I was young/single had nothing better to do...a 1.5 hour commute in a parking lot was okay...a drag, but okay. Now, with 2 young kids and things that need to be done...family time etc..this would not fly. All depends on YOU.
  14. by   redraccoon
    17 miles and a 30 minute ferry ride.
    Total time - about 45 minutes in the morning to work
    and about an hour home due to more traffic

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