New grads, how long would you commute?

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I have an interview an horu and a half away. I hate my current job so much I am willing to take a pay cut & spend 3 hours a day in the car. I am wondering if it might be worth renting a room there just for a few nights a week. Anyone do this? I cant totally relocate, my husband works here and we are in a lease for 6 more months.

GooeyRN, ADN, BSN, CNA, LPN, RN

Specializes in Psych, Med/Surg, LTC. Has 22 years experience. 1,553 Posts

I work weekends, 80 miles away. (but am not a new grad) We can't move for financial reasons, or we would. (dh works from home) We stay with family on weekends. It sucks, but it works for now.

Little Panda RN, ASN, RN

Specializes in Assisted Living Nurse Manager. 816 Posts

I am a new grad and have just accepted a position 80 miles away. I have put in at least 50 applications or more in town and have not had any luck. This is what pushed me to go out of town.

I will be working in a homeless clinic in the mornings and visiting the shelters in the afternoons, doing assessments, BP checks, dressing changes and so on. I will be driving back and forth 5 days a week. I will have weekends and holidays off. The pay is decent, but would have liked more, but at least it is a RN position. I know I will love the job, but not the commute. I guess we do what we have to do for a job these days.

Ace587RN, RN

Specializes in ED. 602 Posts

I would only commute up to 20 miles. When i was a new grad my first job was 27 miles. After doing 2 12 hrs it wore me out and had near accidents a lot of times. Hey as long as it puts food on the table take it. My current job is 13 miles away

SummerGarden, ADN, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in ED, ICU, MS/MT, PCU, CM, House Sup, Frontline mgr. Has 14 years experience. 3,341 Posts

i have an interview an horu and a half away. i hate my current job so much i am willing to take a pay cut & spend 3 hours a day in the car. i am wondering if it might be worth renting a room there just for a few nights a week. anyone do this? i cant totally relocate, my husband works here and we are in a lease for 6 more months.

i know of nurses who bunch their days up on the schedule per week so that they can have a stretch of days off to be home. they travel longer distances then you will (2-3 hours one way) to work at our current place of employment. so, they find it to be safer and comparable to the cost of travel to rent a room or stay at a motel a few days a week. by the way, i hate my current place of employment as well and will travel to the moon if i can find another place to work and enjoy. in fact, i am moving as soon as i find another job far away from this area. hubby will stay here alone then move to wherever i go. gl!