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10 spooky places to work as a travel nurse

Cemetery in New Orleans, Louisisana

From haunted mansions to spooky alleyways, the U.S. is full of places that will make you shiver. And you don’t need to be a history buff to appreciate the stories of infamous villains who lived in these cities. Nurses are a fearless bunch, and fall is the perfect time for a ghostly adventure — here are some ideas to get you started.

1. Seattle, Washington

Seattle, Washington graveyard

By day, Pike Place Market is filled with flying fish and fresh flowers. But at night, visitors can experience a much darker side of Seattle’s history: Graveyards, a former brothel, and even the nation’s first mortuary are featured on a theatrical tour of the Market. Get ready for a good ghost story from Unexpected Productions’ Market Ghost Stories. View Washington jobs

2. San Francisco, California

San Francisco, California alley

If it’s paranormal activity, mysterious murders, psychic sensitivity, or ghostly legends you seek, you’ll find them among the after-dark tours in the alleys and passageways of this hilly city. Alfred Hitchcock was inspired by the mysteries of San Francisco, and you will be, too. Skip the daytime throngs of tourists in the bay and soak up the culture by misty moonlight instead. View California jobs

3. Estes Park, Colorado

Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, Colorado

The infamous site for the movie “The Shining,” The Stanley Hotel has inspired more than Stephen King: People come from all over the United States to stay in this haunted mansion, where superstitious guests have reported chilling encounters with ghosts and strange noises throughout the hotel.  View Colorado jobs

4. Austin, Texas

Austin, Texas mansion

You already know Austin can be weird. But did you know that it’s the home of a haunted hearse tour? Find the scariest spots in the city with an entertaining guide who will give you the other-worldly lowdown on local establishments. You’re sure to have an eerie experience on this ride. View Texas jobs

5. Newport, Kentucky

Newport, Kentucky houses

If you find yourself in the Eastern Midwest or Eastern South-Central part of the U.S., you’re a short road trip away from one of America’s spookiest gangster-ghost tours. Mobsters made millions and gangsters participated in vicious, unsolved crimes in Newport. Venture into the city at night by lantern light, but watch out for ghosts who may be looking for revenge in the darkness. View Kentucky jobs

6. Annapolis, Maryland

Annapolis, Maryland stairs

If you’re not afraid of ghosts, this historic city may be the perfect choice. Some say that spirits dwell in the city’s 18th century buildings, objects hover in midair, and supernatural events abound. Search for a rewarding job in these spooky places, if you dare. View Maryland jobs

7. Weston, West Virginia

Weston, West Virginia Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum

Constructed in 1858, the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum (the facility’s original name) is a National Historic Landmark that housed patients for more than 130 years. Visitors can tour this expansive building for an hour or two, or the bravest of souls can stay overnight. Imagine what it would have been like to be a nurse in an era where hospital admissions occurred for such questionable reasons as “novel reading” or “political or religious excitement.” View West Virginia jobs

8. New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana French Quarter

No list of haunted cities would be complete without The Big Easy, where the cemeteries are above-ground and legends of witches, vampires, and phantoms abound. Visit the French Quarter for a history lesson that will send chills down your spine or explore the paranormal in unexplained legends. If you prefer to quench your thirst for the macabre with actual spirits, the city is full of haunted pub crawls. View Louisiana jobs

9. Savannah, Georgia

Savannah, Georgia mansion

If travel nursing jobs were Halloween treats, you’d find enough to fill a king-sized pillowcase in Georgia. Savannah played a key role in Civil War history, so it’s not difficult to imagine how this city became known for soldiers’ ghosts. These lost souls are said to roam the Marshall House Hotel, which served as a boarding house and a hospital in the 1850s, and the old Candler Hospital, now known for its haunted grounds. View Georgia jobs

10. New York, New York

New York, New York alley

A city more than 400 years old and settled by immigrants from around the world is sure to be rife with haunted history. And indeed, it’s where Edgar Allen Poe penned part of “The Raven” and Roman Polanski filmed “Rosemary’s Baby.” Stories of twisted crimes, tragic deaths, and ghostly apparitions are not for the cowardly. Find a fearless friend to tackle this list of disturbing attractions. View New York jobs

Whether you’re a thrill seeker or just a job seeker, RNnetwork can help you find the right fit. We’ve got more than 20 years of experience helping nurses pursue their passion. Find your next job, complete with benefits and housing — with no ghosts, at least we think so…

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Jordan Gaddis

Jordan Gaddis is a freelance copywriter with more than 15 years experience in the healthcare industry. She loves to read everything from fiction to the dictionary, and her favorite creative outlets are writing, baking and cooking.

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