Do you love ghost stories, or traveling to haunted places? If you’re a travel nurse with a penchant for the supernatural, you’re in for a treat! Halloween is just around the corner, so it’s the perfect time to visit one of these 7 spectacularly spooky places during your travel nurse adventures.
The Stanley Hotel has had a long history with ghosts. Flora Stanley, the hotel’s original owner, is said to haunt the ballroom and play her piano at night.
- The Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, CO: This famous hotel is best known as the inspiration behind The Shinning. Built in 1909, the hotel first gained its ghostly reputation after a chambermaid was electrocuted in Room 217. Guests, including Stephen King, have reported strange happenings, such as belongings being unpacked, lights turning off and on, and hearing children laughing in vacant halls. Staff members and guests alike have also heard piano music playing in the empty ballroom. You can sign up for the Stanley’s day or evening tours here.
- The Crescent Hotel, Eureka Springs, Arkansas: This beautiful Victorian hotel was once a spa for wealthy urbanites seeking a cure from the nearby springs. After modern medicine debunked the springs’ healing properties, the once bustling hotel closed its doors. The site is now said to be haunted by long-ago guests who checked in, but never left. Sort of like that Eagles’ song “Hotel California.”
- Whaley House, San Diego: The Whaley House has been many things during its long life. Most notably, the site was once San Diego’s first public gallows. It now operates as a museum, and uses its spooky status to its advantage. If you visit, you just might run into the ghost of “Yankee Jim” Robinson. He was a convicted thief who died there by hanging four years before businessman Thomas Whaley built the house in 1856. However, that didn’t stop the city from converting the mansion later into San Diego’s first commercial theater, courthouse, and general store.
- Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, Weston, WV: Built in the 1880s to serve the mentally ill, this now abandoned facility is reportedly one of the most haunted places in America. If you visit this grim place, you’ll be grateful you were never a patient during its heyday. Treatments ranged from electroshock therapy to lobotomies. Daytime and evening tours are available for those seeking a brush with the paranormal.
- Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast, Fall River, MA: Lizzie Borden was accused of murdering her father and stepmother in 1892. She was later acquitted of the infamous crime, but the murders were never solved. The mystery surrounding the murders still brings visitors to the home today, which now operates as a bed and breakfast. According to this attraction’s website, you can sleep in the very rooms where the crimes took place, host a séance, or search for spirits on a ghost tour.
- Waverly Hills Sanatorium, Louisville, KY: This famously haunted hospital is sure to scare even the most skeptical travel nurse. Waverly Hills once served as a tuberculosis sanatorium, where thousands of patients succumbed to the dreadful disease or the painful attempts at a cure. According to legend, one nurse committed suicide in Room 502. Today, several ghost hunters and visitors have claimed to experience unexplained phenomenon, like suddenly feeling cold, hearing slamming doors, and seeing ghostly apparitions walk across hallways. Want to visit? Click here to plan your trip!
- Villisca Ax Murder House, Villisca, IA: If you’ve ever visited southwest Iowa, you may have heard about the Villisca Axe Murder House. More than a century ago, eight people were brutally murdered there with — yep, you guessed it — an axe. The crime was never solved, and visitors now claim the victims’ ghosts can be seen hanging around the house.
Wherever you decide to celebrate, Travel Nursing Central wishes you a happy and healthy Halloween!
Switching to the night shift can be a rough transition if you’re not prepared. Follow these tips to stay happy and healthy during your assignment!
By Haley Thomann
Fusion Medical Staffing, LLC
So you are about to embark on a new journey and a new contract. The pay is great. The location is perfect. The only thing holding back your full proclamation of excitement? You are going to be working nights — for the first time!
According to fellow travel nurses, here are the top 9 tips for adapting to the night shift:
- Block schedule: This seems obvious, but make sure you ask about your schedule. It can be very tough to transition back and forth between day and night when your shifts are separated throughout the week. Use that last night shift of the week to have a shorter sleep, it will help you adjust to daytime hours when you are off.
- Invest in room darkening curtains: This tip was unanimous when it came to our night shift warriors — even if you don’t work nights, these things are AMAZING! Toss in some ear plugs and a sleep mask if you are really sensitive.
- Request top floor apartment living: Since most people are working “normal” hours and have the weekends off, they aren’t usually considerate of the person sleeping below them. Make sure to request the top floor whenever possible for a little more peace and quiet.
- Start your day with breakfast: Some prefer to wake up at 5 p.m. and have dinner, but this is your new morning. Start it with breakfast! Regardless of what you eat when you wake up or before you go to sleep, make sure it is not something super heavy!
- Stay healthy: From eating healthy to getting exercise, these things will help your body stay functioning through the change and long hours. Consider meal prepping and packing a healthy lunch to keep yourself from grabbing junk food on your way home to crash for the night. (well, day.) Sleepless = bad cravings.
- Avoid caffeine: Yeah, we know, it sounds crazy! Why wouldn’t you slam a bunch of coffee and energy drinks to make it through? All that caffeine will start to take a toll on your body, so instead, STAY HYDRATED! It will help you in so many ways. Some travel nurses also suggest if you are going to have that caffeine, cut it off at 3 a.m.!
- Get some outside time every day: Soak up that Vitamin D! It certainly can’t hurt. If that still doesn’t feel like enough, invest in a nice sun lamp!
- Laugh and smile daily: Seems like weird advice? Night shifters typically have less social interaction, which can create issues with communication and the smoothness of a shift. Make sure to interact and bond with your coworkers. It will give you that little boost!
- Consider how you are getting home: Some of our travelers have had a bit of a commute when heading home after working nights. If you are too tired, DO NOT DRIVE HOME! Call a friend or take a little nap. Another tip from several of our night shift pros — wear DARK sunglasses when you head home in the daylight. That light can trigger your body to stay alert and awake, which will keep you up when you are trying to wind down.
Most importantly, listen to your body. It is a good idea to take a break from night shifts if you have been going at it for a long period of time. You know your own body, so take the best care of you that you can. Don’t be afraid to ask your coworkers what helps them out too!
Haley Thomann has been with Fusion Medical Staffing for just over 3 years, managing all its social media and content. She absolutely loves her side of the job because she gets to interact with amazing travelers, help potential travelers find the answers they need, and represent the Fusion brand. Outside of work, she loves spending time with her husband and 1-year-old daughter, Dylan Olivia. For more travel resources from Haley, check out Fusion’s blog at http://blog.fusionmedstaff.com/ or connect with her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/hwenthe.
Don’t miss out on all the Travel Nurses Day fun!
Travel nurses everywhere have an extra special reason to say “Happy Fall Y’all!”
That’s because Travel Nurses Day is just around the corner! On Friday, October 14th, you’re invited to celebrate your career as a travel nurse. This year’s theme, “My Travel Nurse Shoes” will have you kicking up your heels in no time!
Created by Medical Solutions in 2013, the first Travel Nurses Day began as a simple way to show appreciation for all the hard work travel nurses do every single day. Now, in its fourth year, this annual celebration promises to be filled with even more games, contests, and quizzes for travel nurses, including:
- A #MyTravelNurseShoes Instagram Contest
- Quizzes — “What kind of shoe are you?”, “Where should you travel next?”, and “Is travel nursing in your future?”
- Travel Libs
- Photo Finds
Plus, you’ll have plenty of chances to win some amazing prizes, including:
- A Fitbit Blaze
- Shiatsu Back Massager
- $130 Alegria gift card
- $120 Dansko gift card
- $75 Inkkas gift card
- Dickies scrub sets
- Artifact tote bags
- JBL Clip+ Splashproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker
You can visit TravelNursesDay.com anytime starting Oct. 7th to midnight Oct. 16th. Prize winners will be announced the following week.
Happy Travel Nurses Day to all you awesome travelers out there!