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Does anyone else drive really far to go to school? I have to drive 60 miles to get to one of my classes then drive another 45 miles in the opposite direction of my home to another school for another class and it takes me about 2 1/2 hours to get home from the second school (which is at 10:00pm) I have two children and a boyfriend that i care for and it seems as if im never at home. when i am at home, forget the house choirs, its time to study. I feel so bad that my time is so limited.

Anyone else feel this way?

crb613, BSN, RN

Specializes in Med Surg/Tele/ER.

Does anyone else drive really far to go to school? I have to drive 60 miles to get to one of my classes then drive another 45 miles in the opposite direction of my home to another school for another class and it takes me about 2 1/2 hours to get home from the second school (which is at 10:00pm) I have two children and a boyfriend that i care for and it seems as if im never at home. when i am at home, forget the house choirs, its time to study. I feel so bad that my time is so limited.

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I know how you feel. I did pretty much the same thing but only over a summer session, five days a week. My husband did the housework, kept me clean clothes to wear & took care of everything. It won't last forever (seems like it does) so just do the best you can, give your children all the attention you can & just explain to them it won't last forever & your reason for doing it.I hope your boyfriend is understanding & willing to help....this is a good test.Good Luck to you! :)

mom2michael, MSN, RN, NP

Specializes in Rural Health.

Mon, Tues and Thurs I have to drive 70 miles round trip for school and I will get home around 10:30 or so from school 2 nights a week. Wednesday for clinicals it's over 150 miles round trip to one clinical location, almost 200 round trip for the other clinical location (that will start in October). :crying2:

I work 28 miles round trip on the weekends.

I feel like I'm never home either if it makes you feel any better

suzy253, RN

Specializes in Telemetry/Med Surg.

My school is about 43 miles 1 way. Some of our rotations, i.e. psych were in MA--thank goodness RI is so small! :)

Hello. I'm driving 75 miles one way to classes right now, and it does take a lot of time. I was driving M-F for the summer session, and I thought I'd quit if the fall semester was that intense. It's only 3 days a week now, and two classes are completely online. I have a 2 year old and a husband, and I am trying really hard to juggle family stuff and school. Some days are better than others. I think I say "It's not forever" to myself about 500 times a day, but it seems to help me be less stressed. I make a point to spend some time with my family for an hour or so every day, usually around dinner time. Most days they are ok with this craziness that is nursing school. We all try to keep our sights on the end product and juggle the present as best we can. So anyway....you're not alone!

My school is 70 miles, one way. Kids' school is 15 miles in the other direction. We have class five days a week, so I drive in excess of 150 miles a day. Yuck!

Some of our clinicals are much further - up to 2-3 hours drive... Yes, it stinks. Yes, I live in a rural area. Yes, I'm very committed to my education! :)

goodknight

Specializes in PCU, ICU, PACU.

I drive 100+ miles 3-4 days a week. It's 50 miles from my driveway to the driveway of the school and then another 10 to the hospital. Its no fun, but I'll live through it. My car may not though....

Boston-RN, RN

Specializes in LTAC, Telemetry, Thoracic Surgery, ED.

YIKES....

Just wanted to add, if you itemize your taxes I think the mileage is tax deductible so make sure you keep a mileage log....you may want to check it out

I'm also in a rural area. I drive 78 miles one way to get to the college. When clinicals start I will be driving 95 miles one way to attend them. So an average of 150-200 miles per day. I am willing to do so though. I think, suffer now, reap the rewards as soon as this is over. Now if the gas prices would just come down a little!!!!

I will be driving 104 miles round trip. I sure hope my car can handle it :crying2: I won't be able to afford break downs!!

Takes me 1 1/2h - 1h 40mins to get to uni, 2 hours now with all the roadwork.

I'm lucky in that live on campus, I couldn't stand driving that far every day of the week ... have done it a couple of times this yr ... by the end of the day I feel so grumpy and tired.

Just happy that the university I go to tries to organise everyone's placements so that we are close to home. Most everyone I've spoke to are driving 40-30 mins or less to their placements.

I can't believe how far you all drive to get to university or to clinicals. I won't complain again, as I only drive 4-6 times a term as I car share. I live 5 minutes from the hospital & about 30-45minutes depending on traffic & ease of parking from the university.

Here in the UK all the hospitals have students, so we can all be placed not that far from where we live, it's the getting to uni that is a distance sometimes.

wow, and here i was wondering if my "backup plan school" is too far away. (its 30 miles in one direction) You guys rock. With gas prices being what they are the driving distance is a valid concern, as well as time away from school. I suppose i would try to get my books on tape if possible or tape my lectures to listen to in the long car ride home so at least i would be studying.

mitchsmom

Specializes in OB, lactation.

My school is 110 miles one way. That's not the days that I have to take little one to daycare first... that probably adds at least another 10 each way.

Most of the hospitals for clinicals are a few miles closer (maybe 10). One was about 10-20 further, though and it took me at least a full 2 hours to get there one way, thankfully I shouldn't have to be going to that one again.

I start commuting again tomorrow for the Fall semester.

I have been going 2 years+ and thankfully I should be DONE in April!!!!! Halleleujah!

I hate it in the mornings because I'm not an early morning person and I struggle to stay awake on the drive... radio music puts me back to sleep so I have to have talk radio (which I think most talk radio sucks but oh well) or I get books on CD from the library. Or I smoke (the only time I ever do). A friend told me to try fireballs :) Most of the time it is still dark in the morning which doesn't help... often foggy too & I go through lots of very rural areas... always afraid I'm going to hit a cow (I have seen them out before). I did hit a racoon once :( I also saw a bear run across the road in front of my car (unusual in S. FL).

In the afternoons it's a chance to unwind from the day and it's actually nice sometimes. If I can stomach hearing it again, I listen to lectures that I have taped in class (it does help retention a lot!!).

Enough rambling :)

OBRNinTN

Specializes in Women's Health.

I drive 50 miles a day. 25 both ways. :o

My school is 70 miles, one way. Kids' school is 15 miles in the other direction. We have class five days a week, so I drive in excess of 150 miles a day. Yuck!

Some of our clinicals are much further - up to 2-3 hours drive... Yes, it stinks. Yes, I live in a rural area. Yes, I'm very committed to my education! :)

But luckily clinicals will be closer or in the same town as school.

I am so excited and I want to hurl b/c I have to be up at 4:45 in the morning to be at class by 8. Also very luckily i think we have a ride share set up with the other students from my town - since I swear gas goes up at every gas station passed.

Kathy

Mommy TeleRN, RN

Specializes in Float.

At my old school I had about a 30 minute drive each way. Since we have moved and I am starting NS... I will have about 1hr 10 min drive each way. This year it's 3 days a week and next year 4 days a week. It sucks..feels like I'm going on a trip! and gas prices are ridiculous right now..about 2.60 in the south! grrr

I could have moved closer but I have to be near family to help with childcare on days DH must go in the office (he mostly works from home)

I am glad to be in the city a few days a week to shop and stuff... there is really NOTHING where I live which is ok for day to day but a girl needs the city life too! :chuckle

sddlnscp

Specializes in NICU.

I'm a long-distance commuter myself. I only have the option of going to one school because we live in the middle of nowhere - that school is 50 miles away, so I will be driving 100 miles a day just for classes, then clinicals are even farther - probably looking at a good 2 1/2 drive to clinical sites once I get that far (just pre-nursing now), but the next closest school is about 2 1/2 hrs. (about 150+ miles) away, so that would be 5 hrs. driving every day which just isn't feasable. I have two little kids and a hubby, this will be trying enough - but I know it will be worth it in the end, so I will do it. (I also drive 21 miles each way to work {42 miles total} in the opposite direction, so once I start school, I will be driving 21 miles to work, 21 miles home, 50 miles to school and then 50 miles home for a grand total of a minimum of 142 miles a day - yikes!!!) Somehow, crazy as it is, it's comforting to know there are other distance commuters out there. :)

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