Hello everyone! I'm looking for some feedback on what is an extremely difficult career decision for me. I've been working as a Medicare surveyor in my specialty area (home health and hospice) for the past 3 years. I absolutely love my job! Before getting this position, I never would have imagined saying that about a nursing-related job. I genuinely enjoy the work and the benefits are unprecedented (home office when not on survey, 13 paid holidays OFF, tons of vacation time, etc). It's a cushy government job and I'm not afraid to admit it! The problem is that I've been wanting to move to Florida for quite some time. I have no family in the state where I live and I never wanted to move here years ago when I married my now ex-husband. I've been trying to get out since our divorce 5 years ago, but life has gotten in the way. It would be wonderful to think that I could just transfer my position to something similar in Florida, but unfortunately, it doesn't work like that. I'd be taking a $25,000 pay cut and I can't afford that.
I've been interviewing and searching for the right position and I finally thought I found it working in staff education in a hospice. It's a job similar to one that I've had in the past, so I would be fairly comfortable with it, although it's not something that I would *love* like the job I have now. Unfortunately, when I was given the job offer, I was also told that the hospice will soon be moving their main office location and it would be about an hour commute from where my family lives and where I would also want to live. On top of that, the job also requires about 50% travel, which is not something that I want. I'm willing to do some travel, but I wasn't expecting as extensive travel as this apparently requires. My dilemma is that I feel like I'm running out of options for reputable companies in my field. I don't know if I should continue to hold out or just go for it and worry about finding a different job later if I find that I don't like the commute or travel. I'm most worried about the long commute, as I used to have an hour commute to work and it about killed me. Thoughts?