Would you commute an hour to a job you wanted? - page 4

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... Read More

  1. by   BoscoRN
    I also had a job walking distance from my house which was also horrible with staffing enough nurses and had no help, lasted only a couple weeks. I always wanted to work close but it has no t worked out for me.

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  2. by   Rose_Queen
    When I first started working, I commuted an hour each way. Most days, anyways. Some days it turned into a one way 3 hour commute because there was only one bridge across the river and some idiot would forget how to drive safely, and leave everyone sitting in traffic waiting for the accident to clear. I ended up relocating several months ahead of my planned schedule because of how many days that commute became so much longer. So yes, I did it, but no, I wouldn't recommend it for a long term scenario.
  3. by   BlueDevil,DNP
    absolutely not. 15-20 minutes at the outside, and that's on my bike! No job is worth giving up that family/personal time IMO.
  4. by   hiddencatRN
    Quote from BlueDevil,DNP
    absolutely not. 15-20 minutes at the outside, and that's on my bike! No job is worth giving up that family/personal time IMO.
    My commute allows me to work one day less a week than I'd be able to work with a short commute due to salary and weekend incentives. So I end up with more time with my daughter.
  5. by   rudycoon
    I have in the past and would do so again.
  6. by   brithoover
    I commute 1.5-2.5 hrs each way with my longest being 3hrs 20 min. I'd say MOST of the time it's worth it
  7. by   Caribbean Character
    Quote from KAR813
    I commuted from Baltimore to DC (it was a miracle if i could make it in less than an hour, even at 3am) for a non-nursing job in college that opened up so many doors, contacts, and experiences for me, so it was definitely worth it.
    Did you ever take the commuter train? Seems like it would have cut your commuting time down, but I'm not an expert on the area.
  8. by   BrandonLPN
    It would have to be a really, really good job. And I would immediately start to make plans to move closer.
  9. by   RNJill
    I probably am a little biased in my answer because I've never been very far at all from work BUT I would only accept an hour-long commute under a few non-negotiable conditions. First, I'd definitely spend some time really shadowing/getting to know the job to make sure I did actually love it and would actually leave on time! Also, I'd make sure that the commute wouldn't be more than an hour long except on a rare basis. As much as I love 12 hr shifts and the flexibility they give, that is a looooong and draining day when a 2-hr commute is added to the mix.
  10. by   Lennonninja
    I went from a job that I disliked and was 7 minutes away, to a job that I LOVE that's 50 miles away. It's worth it to be happy, so worth it! I work night shift, and I listen to podcasts and audiobooks while driving so my mind stays active and I don't fall asleep.
  11. by   Anna Flaxis
    I do. :-)
  12. by   nurseprnRN
    Quote from Blondenurse83
    I commute an hour each way and live in an area with snowy winters. It isn't so bad, worth it if it's a job you'd like! I work nights so my drive home can be rough but it's definitely doable.

    Me too, I did that for years. Of course it's doable. And better for your head. And you can listen to NPR on the commute and learn a lot of neat stuff.
  13. by   HappyWife77
    I took a dream job♥ with great pay and hours I wanted, an hour commute. In the north with bad winters. I just bought a new AWD/4WD....and hope for the best. I am very happy. Somedays are rough....when I get out late I don't feel like having to drive so far but at least I'm comfortable in the luxury ride. ;-)