Cape Cod Nurses commuting to Boston?

  1. I'm curious why you commute?
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  3. by   sMoLsNurse
    I was commuting because I moved and couldn't find work for about 3 months, but finally found something and left my job in Cambridge.
  4. by   RocknRollYogaRn
    Is the pay a lot more in Boston vs Cape?
  5. by   Esme12
    Yes.......especially the Union facilities
  6. by   RocknRollYogaRn
    What about the Falmouth Hospital or Cape Cod Hospital? Do they pay well?
  7. by   KelRN215
    I knew a Nurse Practitioner who commuted every day from Sandwich to the Longwood Area. I'm quite certain it took her about 4 hours to get home on Friday afternoons in the summer. I also knew two girls who did it as RNs and if they worked weekends (2 days in a row), they slept in a hotel so as to not have to make the drive both days.

    I have lived and worked in Boston for 5 years and there is NO WAY I can imagine making that drive regularly. If I didn't live in the city, I wouldn't be working here. A friend recently (today) resigned her position at the non-union Boston hospital I used to work at to take a job at a community hospital on the South Shore... where she will be making 10% more, have a permanent night schedule (as opposed to rotating), pay less for benefits and nothing for parking.

    I have no idea what the hospitals in Falmouth and/or Hyannis pay and I would be willing to bet it's less than Boston hospitals... but you'd have to decide what's worth more to you. Money or quality of life. For me, spending 3-4 hrs/day in my car just getting to and from work and make a little extra money (which wouldn't make up for all the time lost) would not be worth it.
  8. by   BostonFNP
    Surprisingly I took an NP job on the north shore although I live in Boston because the pay was better there.

    RN pay at the union hospitals in Boston was much better than outside of the city though.
  9. by   CapeCodMermaid
    Cape Cod Hospital is a union hospital.