Spooky Stuff

  1. Anybody out there ever have any spooky things happen at work? You know, like ghost stories?
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  3. by   Blue11RN
    Yes, one night while I was working I had a scary experience. The halls were dark and I had walked to the end of the hall to the closet. There were no patients that far down the hall at the time. So, as I looked for my supplies, I got tapped on the shoulder. I turned around and no one was there. I looked in a few empty rooms to see if a co-worker was playing a trick on me. There was no one. I realized what happened and ran down the hall. I just sat at the nurse station and the secretary asked what was the matter. I asked her to please don't think I was crazy and I told her. She didn't seemed surprised. She told me that stuff happens all the time on the floor. I stayed there for almost 2 years and never had anything else happen. Still, it freaked me out.
  4. by   Mary H.
    I have heard things but never had them happen to me. In one old Catholic hospital, staff and patients reported seeing a nun in full long dress come around and visit patients. The story said that there was one old nun who lived in the building until she died. She would make rounds to see patients. In another hospital, heard stories about patient reports seeing an elderly man standing at the foot of their bed. When asked to describe him, the story goes that he fit the description of a person who had died in a room down the hall quite a while before.
  5. by   ClariceS
    I don't think this is too spooky, just beyond easy explanation. My floor is mostly surgical but at this time we had been taking care of our head surgeon's friend who was dying of cancer. We were doing palliative care. The patient and his wife were one of those families who you love to care for. Friendly, positive outlook, never complaining. Needless to say, all the nurses became very close to him during the three months he was on our floor. The first night of my three day weekend I had a dream about him. This is an unusual occurrence for me to dream about patients. In my dream, he was looking healthy and packing his bags. He looked at me and thanked me for the care I had given him and that he was so much better now. I called the hospital the next morning and he had passed away the night before!
  6. by   bunky
    Some of this stuff gave me goosebumps! Except for the nun stuff Mary H. Either this nun really gets around, or we've been had! I have worked in 3 Catholic facilities and she was apparently a busy gal haunting them all in the US and Canada! The only difference I've heard is that in my present job, she is without a head! Ha! Ha!
  7. by   pickledpepperRN
    One night while getting report I saw a thin white haired woman climbing over the siderails. When I ran to help her she urinated on my shoes. After she was safely back in bed she angrily pointed her arthritic finger at me stating, "I remember watching you walk to school in the snow when you were six." Since it almost never snows in Los Angeles I thought she had guessed I came from the east or confused me with someone else. Then she said, "You don't believe me. You were born in California but your sister was born in Michigan."
    TRUE! Along with her medical illness this lady carried a diagnosis of Alzheimers.
    We lived in Michigan only four years leaving in 1951! I cannot explain it.

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  8. by   NurseRachet
    I have a couple stories. An older nurse that mentored me, told about an experience she had. While making rounds on a medical unit, she looked down the end of the hallway and saw a woman dressed in a long white gown "glide" out one door across the hallway into another room. Both of these rooms were empty. She recognized the patient as one being on the surgical unit. She called the other unit to verify that the patient was still there. The patient had expired at the same time she saw this figure float across the hallway. Weird right!
  9. by   NurseRachet
    Ok another story - I experienced (I have been a nurse 30 yrs). While taking care of 2 elderly female patients on the medical unit, one alert, one dying and unresponsive -same room. The alert pt put on her call light. She said she heard noises beside the other patients bed (a curtain was pulled between their beds). We went in, no one was there - no one on the unit had been in the room. We reassured her and left the room. Shortly thereafter, she put on her call light again. We asked her what she wanted. She said the patient had just died and we could get her ready for the morgue. We went to the room - the patient had expired. We asked her how she knew that - she replied, "I heard the rustle of the angels wings and heard them telling her it was time to go". I had a student nurse with me that literally ran out of the room screaming. Other nurses tell me similar things have happened in that same room. I told them that if I ever come in to the ward, please do not put me in that room! They just laugh at me.
  10. by   Smitty,RN
    My first job out of LPN school was at an Alzheimer's unit. What an experience! It was usual to hear the weird and wacky all day- But one day- I was at the nurses station and one of the male residents-Leonard
    demented with OBS- was leaning on the counter. I was shuffling some papers- when I realized that someone else was standing at the end of thecounter waiting for my attention. I glanced over and saw an old lady with white hair and a red dress. I put my papers down and turned to ask if I could help her- and she was gone. I had the strangest feeling- I loooked down both hallways and saw no one. Leonard speaks up
    and says "Who ya looking for- the lady in the red dress?" We searced the whole unit and never found anyone-No one could get out of the unit without me letting them out. It gives me chills to this day.
  11. by   bunky
    This is good you guys! This would make a great book of short stories!
  12. by   Dipro
    This was only reported to me but everyone who was there agreed it to be true. It was a Friday evening about 9 or 9:30PM. The OR team had finished cases, taken a patient back to the floor and was taking a break in the break room. All of a sudden, the emergency light from PACU came on. (Of course, there were no patients in PACU at the time.) So, they all went down to see what was going on. The light at the head of Bed 10 was flashing. That was where they had placed the 21 year old gunshot to the head the night before....after they had finished the organ harvest.
  13. by   goldilocksrn
    I heard a story from one of the nurses I work with on my unit about a patient she once took care of. Apparently the nurse "heard this little voice" telling her to check on her patient, but she ignored it because she was admitting a patient and the patient had been a/o X3 and could call with any needs. All of a sudden, the code light goes off in that particular room. When everyone rushes in, no one else but the patient was there, and he is blue and unresponsive. He was successfully coded and sent to the ICU. While no one admits to hitting the button, that light is what saved his life.
  14. by   NurseMom
    I've had some strange things happen to me after a patient has died..at home, not at work. I used to do Hospice nursing, and one particular patient that I had gotten very close to had told me that she would be my angel when she died. One morning while working on a paper, it felt like someone was stroking my hand. I would stop what I was doing and look at my hand and saw that the hair on the back of it was standing up. I went back to writing, and felt the same thing again. Just then, the phone rang. It was my patients hubby telling me that she had just taken her last breath.
    During the next week, if I was in the kitchen working on the computer, the burners on my gas stove would turn on full force. I'd shut them off only to have them turn on again. The coolest thing happened the day of her funeral. My twin daughters went up to bed, but came down screaming for me. I ran up to their room to see that"someone" had laid out a complete outfit for each of them on their beds...shirts, pants, underwear, socks, shoes. It looked like a body on their bed...just couldn't see hands, feet or head. Needless to say, my girls were petrified. Since my patient never had daughters, only grown sons, I assumed this was her way of letting me know that she was okay in heaven. I told my girls this, and together that night we thanked "Edna" and asked her not to help with their clothes anymore. She never did anything like that again, but I know that she watches over me to this day.
    I'm sure that you other nurses have had a patient let you know that they made it to the other side safely. I would love to hear some of those stories!

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    Laurie +]:P
    so many patients...
    so little time.....

    [This message has been edited by NurseMom (edited July 09, 2000).]

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