How far do you drive to work?

Nurses General Nursing


How long does it take? Is it on the highway??

I currently am supposed to start a position on L&D/NICU on Monday and its about 60 miles away from my house. It is 3 12hr shifts day shift 7a-7p. I could do 2 12hrs shifts if I want as well they said...

I am a CNA going to work as a OB tech/unit clerk. I am currently a medical assistant working at a desk checking in patients only at the VA hospital 20 hrs a week.

L&D/NICU is my passion it is why I want to be a nurse in the first place. I thought long and hard and wrote on another thread on if I should even take the position and someone said follow your passion it will make you happier in the long run... So I thought ya the doors opened why not take it!!

Now all I hear from people is eww I would HATE to drive that far everyday!!

I live in Nebraska and it can be bad but I have lived here my entire life and if it's bad one day it will be decent the next they usually clean up the roads right away and I think the hospital would understand if we got some horrible storm if I could not be there. I have a good attendance with work and school always!!

Oh and school yes my school is there too, so its 1-2 days a week I will be driving as well. IF I decide to goto this school still I wont if I get in the program in the city I am in I am on a wait list.

Both the VA hospital and the new job said they will work with me around school the VA does not want me to leave at all!!

Just wondering if this sounds do-able or am I dreaming up something that is unrealistic, and getting my hopes up for no reason.

Specializes in Med/Surge, Psych, LTC, Home Health.
I used to work 55 miles away from home, it took 1.5 hours. My suggestion is that you figure in your gas (about .50 more than what gas prices are now) I have a 08 accord, and I spent hundreds of dollars a week in gas and even with a substaintial pay increase, I was loosing more money. GAS REALLY NEEDS TO BE ON TOP OF YOUR LIST. figure how much a week your going to spend vs your current job, then see how much pay difference there is. Im not saying money is everything, but no sense working if you cant afford to. (what happened to me, when gas hit 5.00 a gallon here, i had to quit because it cost me more money to work than I was getting paid)

Where do you live? Alaska?

I drive about 40 miles to work. I love commuting because it gives me "quiet time", away from the chaos of both home and work! =)

Specializes in EMS, ED, Trauma, CEN, CPEN, TCRN.

I live 46 miles from the ED where I work -- takes me a little under an hour to get there. I work three 12's a week (all in a row), and it's not bad. Definitely better than the insane commute I had when I was a graphic designer, and my company moved our division ... 89 miles each way, 1.5 to 2 hours each way on a GOOD day. Ugh. (I can say I have some understanding of the mechanisms of road rage.) Any commute less than that seems like a dream! I drive a hybrid vehicle, so that keeps my gas costs down. It's an easy drive to my ED, too -- mostly a straight shot. I just crank up some tunes and enjoy the "me time." :)

Specializes in CCU, SICU, CVSICU, Precepting & Teaching.

in rural nebraska, 60 miles would take you a little over an hour, right? i live 20 miles from work but must drive through inner city, touristy area with baseball stadiums and big hotels . . . it takes me about an hour. it's not fun driving that long to and from work every day, but for a great opportunity, it's worth it.

Specializes in ER; HBOT- lots others.

i live 40 min car to door. i wouldnt work in the hospital we have that is only 3 blocks from where i am now, so that is my next choice, and i love it. like others said, the drive is kinda a relaxation, i got XM for Nurse's Week from my fiancee this yr, so i super enjoy driving now! comedy channels, i laugh off my cares from work and laugh all the way to work for those long days when i dread going in!


Specializes in Acute Care.

I can see the hospital out my front window... so I walk!

Thanks for all your responses!! :)

Specializes in LTC, MDS Cordnator, Mental Health.

30 miles. I just put on my blue tooth, and visit. it costs me $5.20 a day to drive to work. It takes me 30 Min. and i have no stop times.

37 miles driving back roads. I am a new grad an had to take what I could get!

Well it used to be one block. but now i drive 75 miles but am prn so maybe 1-2 days a week. It only takes an hour or an hour and 5-10 minutes as the speed limit is 70 and everyone always goes faster lol. After the 2nd day in a row i am beat. Hasn't been a problem except when i worked a nite had to pull over and sleep for a while

I travel 97 miles one way to work. In the beginning it seemed long, but now, not so bad. I have a 70% line, which equals about 2 days a week. I make enough to pay all the monthly bills, which leaves my husbands' checks for the extra things in life. Unfortunately, I work at the U of I Hospitals, where they are talking laying off 200 people. wish me luck.

Specializes in Geriatrics.

My drive takes approx. 12 minutes. On back roads- as I live in the woods in wayyyyy north wisconsin. !

Specializes in ER/Trauma.

About 0.5 miles ;) :p

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