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Hello, how far is your workplace from your home? How far are you willing to travel for work (miles/minutes?)? Will an hour of travel (about 50 miles) be reasonable? Thank you all.

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I think depends whether your job position pays you well enough and will compensate you well on travelling. If they compensate you well, then I think an hour/50 miles is reasonable. I will have to drive 96 miles one way to work and 96 miles one way back which would take almost two hours. So I think an hour of travel is so much better. What type of setting will you be working? If you don't mind me asking.

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nursetim has 18 years experience as a NP and specializes in ER, HH, CTICU, corrections, cardiology, hospice.

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I'd live closer. I lived an hour away from my first RN job and I worked nights. Staying awake was an issue. I've come to really value living close to work. I almost took an NP job that would have required an 80+ mile commute to an armpit of a town. My wife drove to the town with me and refused to let me take the job.

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traumaRUs has 27 years experience as a MSN, APRN, CNS and specializes in Nephrology, Cardiology, ER, ICU.

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I travel from clinic to clinic all day. Closest clinic is 23 miles away. I receive $0.565 per mile. I drive a 2014 Subaru outback and I have had it a yr...started with 120 miles on odometer. Now 46,000 plus.

I dint mind driving. I listened to audio digest and get my CME done while driving. Winters are kinda rough but again you prepare ahead of time and I've had no problems.

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I travel from clinic to clinic all day. Closest clinic is 23 miles away. I receive $0.565 per mile. I drive a 2014 Subaru outback and I have had it a yr...started with 120 miles on odometer. Now 46,000 plus.

I dint mind driving. I listened to audio digest and get my CME done while driving. Winters are kinda rough but again you prepare ahead of time and I've had no problems.

Hi traumaRUs,

I have not started my employment yet to the clinics I will be working at. I was wondering are you putting the mileage from home to work travel in your taxes for deductions? I have heard that mileage from home to work doesn't count , it has to be mileage from work to work (i.e. from visiting a patient's house to another patient's house or patient's house to your work office). Just wondering if you or anybody else has experience on this. If so, I was wondering if you or someone else could share their experience/knowledge.

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I think depends whether your job position pays you well enough and will compensate you well on travelling. If they compensate you well, then I think an hour/50 miles is reasonable. I will have to drive 96 miles one way to work and 96 miles one way back which would take almost two hours. So I think an hour of travel is so much better. What type of setting will you be working? If you don't mind me asking.

Hi, it's family practice.

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traumaRUs has 27 years experience as a MSN, APRN, CNS and specializes in Nephrology, Cardiology, ER, ICU.

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Yes that is correct. Only deductible mileage is from work to work. For me the first 23 miles and last 23 miles are on me. However I'm required to travel from clinic to clinic all day so all of that is deductible and that is what I get reimbursed

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My current job is 15 minutes away from home. The max travel time I'm willing to do is 30 minutes. Definitely won't do 1 hour, no matter how much the pay is. I just think about how exhausted I am after work sometimes and 1 hour just wouldn't be safe.

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Annaiya has 5 years experience as a NP and specializes in PICU.

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My work is 1.2 miles from me. I walk to work every day and it's amazing. I can't imagine having to drive to work anymore, lol.

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canchaser has 20 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in ICU.

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Trauma,

how do you get cme done while driving? I'm driving 55 miles to work this would be a great time

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I travel to facilities to do wound care. My usual commute is about an hour to the first facility. Sometimes it's 30 minutes between buildings. Then another hour home. It's not my dream set up, but there are other perks that make it worthwhile. The commute is usually during off hours, so traffic isn't often an issue. I'm usually home before 1pm and do my documentation via remote access. I get about 50 cents a mile (whatever the IRS standard is) and the first and last 20 miles are on me.

I definitely agree with using the time wisely. I have lectures and other education stuff on my my phone that I listen to while driving. Or I make bluetooth calls to my out of state family members. I haven't driven over an hour yet, but I'm sure that some days that will occur if I am covering someone's building who is on vacation. It's not a typical 9-5 job, but I am enjoying it.

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traumaRUs has 27 years experience as a MSN, APRN, CNS and specializes in Nephrology, Cardiology, ER, ICU.

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I use Audio Digest for CME. I do the pre test, view the objectives prior to starting my drives and then I listen to the lectures while I drive. Since I have bluetooth in my car (required by law in IL), I can still receive calls and texts (which come thru my car) while listening.

I want to make it clear though too, that I do NOT claim mileage as tax deduction as I am reimbursed for mileage from my employer.

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