Wild and Wonderful West Virginia
In January of this year, enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact legislation was enacted to encourage more states to participate. Since then, the states that joined the new compact have been highlighted in The Working Tourist to promote travel assignments in these areas. West Virginia joined the eNLC in January 2018, and for anyone who has never considered a travel assignment there, you will find that the state has a lot to offer.
Commonly referred to as Appalachia, the state of West Virginia has a terrain that is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream. From the mountains, rivers, and rolling hills arise lush forests and small picturesque towns throughout the state. Only 130 miles wide by 240 miles long, West Virginia is a state where you can easily drive to anywhere you want to explore. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons now is a perfect time to plan your assignment in West Virginia.
Adventure, adventure, adventure. No matter what types of spring and summer outdoor activities you might be in the mood for, West Virginia is already known for it. Think, fishing, hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, and hunting, and you have an idea of what awaits you when you aren’t working. The entire state is located within the Appalachian Region with statewide mountain ranges carved by the mighty Ohio and Shenandoah Rivers.
History. Have you always wanted to take a brief step back in time to experience the rich history of another era? Plan to spend time in Harpers Ferry National Historic Park strolling through the historic town exploring museums, battlefields, and civil war architecture. When you need to find a place to relax and get pampered, take a drive to Roanoke, West Virginia and spend time at Stonewall Jackson Lake Resort. Experience a four-diamond resort tucked into the mountains where you can enjoy the glorious scenery, spa, swimming, and golf.
Be a Ghostbuster. Two of the most famous sites for amateur paranormal investigators are located in West Virginia. The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum opened in 1864 and operated for more than 130 years in Weston, West Virginia. The rich history of the asylum is now memorialized through ghost hunts and haunted tours for those brave enough to partake. In Moundsville, the West Virginia State Penitentiary stands as a reminder of the dark history of our early penal system. A visit to this gothic structure, in operation from 1870 – 1990, includes historic presentations, zombie walks, and prison riot re-enactments.
Breathtaking Caverns. Have you ever taken a walking tour through underground caverns? (Me either.) Another reason why your assignment in West Virginia will be memorable is the collection of caverns and the sheer number of touring options available across the state. The mountainous settings of West Virginia contain several magical locations where visitors can experience breathtaking rock formations, ancient carvings, and even gemstone mining. One of the most famous of the cavern systems are the Seneca Caverns, in Weston. These caverns were once the site of ceremonies conducted by members of the Seneca Nation. Another famous cavern system is the Lost World Canyons, discovered in 1942 and located over 120 feet below the Earth’s surface. Within are some of the largest stalactite formations in the world.
Now that West Virginia is part of the eNLC, it is much easier to plan your assignment to ‘The Mountain State.’ There are currently dozens of opportunities throughout the state so contact Supplemental Health Care today and express your interest in a West Virginia travel assignment. You can also visit us on our Facebook Page to learn more.