How Far Would You Commute for Part-time? - page 2

In this economy, with no other prospects how far would you commute for a part-time position that may turn to full-time in a few months?... Read More

  1. by   MJB2010
    I commuted an hour and a half each way for a year, and although it sucked it was mostly highway which made it more bearable. I listened to some great books on tape, some music mixes I made, and it was "me time". It was not easy, the drive home when exhausted totally sucked. But that experience opened a lot of doors for me. I did have some coworkers that were willing to let me stay over in bad weather and I considered renting a room closer to work, but in the end I just wanted to go home at night.

    Sometimes you have to do what you have to do. If this experience could open doors for you and give you opportunity closer to home I would take it. Make sure you have a reliable car, triple a, cell phone, good tunes. I would also consider the length of the shift and how many days per week. That is not the kind of thing you can do 5 days a week, but 2 or 3 might be better. And if you volunteer to work weekends, less traffic and a shorter commute.
  2. by   missx
    As a full time pre-Nursing student, my education comes first. I am commuting 5.5 hours a work day via public transport (that's right) for a lowpaying, temporary, part time job that doesn't pay enough to afford a car and requires me to stand outdoors for up to 8 hours a day in frigid temps. That is a 14+ hour day just back and forth, and then supposed to cook clean shower and study , do exams, notes, etc. at night. WITHOUT a job, I was often up until 5 a.m. completing schoolwork.
  3. by   mtngrl
    Currently I work from home and do home visits. Majority of the visits are homes within 10 miles. I used to cover a city that was around 45 minutes or more away. And even if I had only spent a few hours doing visits, if it was late in the day I would just get so tired driving, especially it was rush hour on the highway. I much prefer the 10-15 minutes I drive now. I mean, aren't we all dying to get home from work as quick as possible????
  4. by   akulahawkRN
    Well, this thread was awakened from a long slumber... but I'll bite!

    It would greatly depend upon the job, hours, and pay. Also, as someone indicated, the time spent commuting is a huge component of whether or not it's worth it to commute to a part time job. I once commuted 2.5 hours each way to a part time job. The net pay I got made the commute worth it.
  5. by   Not_A_Hat_Person
    I work in home health. I took an assignment that was a 90-minute drive one-way. After a month of 3-hour commutes, trying hard to stay awake behind the wheel, I just couldn't do it anymore.
  6. by   naptimeRN
    For me, 1/2 hour max. Full or part time. My husband drives an hour, 5 days a week and doesn't mind (but we have very different personalities, mind you). When I had a job an hour away, I had major issues staying awake driving on the way home after 13 hours.
    Last edit by naptimeRN on Feb 3, '14
  7. by   xoemmylouox
    Quote from Not_A_Hat_Person
    I work in home health. I took an assignment that was a 90-minute drive one-way. After a month of 3-hour commutes, trying hard to stay awake behind the wheel, I just couldn't do it anymore.
    I did the 3 hour drive for a year before I just couldn't do it anymore. I held out because they kept promising something closer.. Man the wear and tear on you and your car is terrible. Never again will I take a job with a commute longer than an hour.
  8. by   Lennonninja
    I commute 50 miles/70 minutes for my three night shifts a week, and while it's not super ideal, I love my job and since we bought a house last year, it's not going to be changing. My husband's job is about 10 minutes from our house so it doesn't make sense for us to move part way between both places to shorten my 3x/week commute and to elongate his 5x/week commute. If it's really nasty weather, like this entire winter has been, I'll sometimes sleep at a coworker's house since my car isn't great in the snow and ice.
  9. by   applesxoranges
    I did about 45 minutes to an hour part-time as a pct for an ER spot and I have zero regrets. Now I drive about 40 minutes but that is because I live in the middle of nowhere. I used to live 10 minutes away from the hospital but now I live 40 because the boyfriend bought a house a year before he met me and it would be silly to waste the VA loan he has.
  10. by   CrazyGoonRN
    It also depends on where you live. If you live in the middle of an area with hospitals and healthcare facilities are everywhere you turn. I can see only committing to short distances. Up until 2 months ago, I drove 60 miles one way to get to college for 2 years while in nursing school. Sometimes that was 5 days a week. I want a job closer than that to my home but I am willing to get a job that far away if I have to.
  11. by   RunBabyRN
    The nearest major city is an hour away without traffic. I'd commute there, because it would be fantastic experience, and the pay is significantly higher than outside the city.
  12. by   ICRN2008
    I'm considering returning to work at some point this year, but I will not be willing to commute longer than 30 minutes each way. And no more than 2 days a week.
  13. by   anon456
    I commute approx 25 miles one way for part time work. It's all on the freeway and it's against rush hour because I work night shift. It's a pleasant drive. If I had to commute that same distance for day shift in rush hour traffic, fighting for space in the parking garage upon arrival, I would not do it.