Is your workplace haunted? - page 4

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In the spirit of Halloween, wondering if anyone else works on a haunted unit? I've been told we have a ghost in the wall of a room that weans oxygen. By morning, patient is no longer on O2, but neither the nurse, the... Read More


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    I travellled with several Nurses from Oklahoma to a small KansasHospital when I first started as an LPN. We were there 6 weeks, and had rooms available there so I picked a room downstairs in the basement, had a shower across the hall and an activity room next to it, so I could work a large puzzle I had bought for all of us.
    The Hospital was originally a Catholic Hospital,ran by Nuns..but now was just a small community hospital with at most sometimes up to 6 patients IF we were busy, so we had 12 hour shifts on two to three days then off two to three days. Needless to say a lot of spare time.
    Well I never felt comfortable in the basement, it was as if someone was always watching me, even in the wee hours as I wrorked on the puzzle,..I had started to listen to music with headphones but continuously had to throw them off because I kept hearing loud groans and other noises, so I moved up stairs after just two nights.
    The laundry facilities were downstairs, past the activity room, and down a very long hall with lots of doors on the left, which out of habit my friend would always turn the knobs of each one as we went towards the laundry to make sure they were all locked.( she refused to go down there alone so we always did our laundry together)
    Well, we finished folding and started back through the long hall and she was laughing nervously and carryin on and checking the door knobs and I asked her "what would you do if one opened" and she said "oh, I know they're all locked we just checked them", and about that time sure enough the next door the knob turn as she checked it and the door opened...she screamed, threw her laundry up into the air and RAN screaming ahead of me..I couldn't stop laughing as the chills ran through me inside and out..I was frozen there for a minute.. and she called out "HURRY UP YOU IDIOT!"
    Later she swore I did it and I had to explain to her "No because I have NO keys and you know it" We both ended up sharing a room upstairs before the 6 weeks were over because of all the rattling, footsteps, and shadows we saw up and down stairs,..we couldn't wait to get home!
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    I worked in a very old LTC once. Three "halls". The sickest/oldest/heaviest care residents were always placed on the south hall. The rooms were darker. The corridor was darker. More death occurred there than any other part of the building.
    The linen closet for the entire building was at the end of that hall.
    Late at night, when the lights were out, I hated to walk down that hall. Dreaded it. I felt like the air was heavy, and I was being watched by something I couldn't see.
    I never saw a ghost. I never heard anything that led me to believe there were ghosts. I just FELT them.
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    What happens if the rooms don't have windows you can open-what happens to the spirits-do they stay in the hospitals? I say this because the hospital I was in earlier this year had ones that didn't open-it was climate controlled.

    Pretty good stories-it would be pretty obvious that hospitals, LTC and NH would be haunted because of the deaths that occur in them.
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    An elderly, completely bedbound woman was brought into our hospital from the nursing home. She was contracted, and had been living at the nursing home for many years. She was also aphasic. This old woman, who had not spoken or sat up by herself for years, suddenly sat bolt upright in the bed and started screaming "Fire! Fire!." She then died, but no effort was made to resusitate her as we had made her a DNR. When we recounted this episode to the nursing home staff, we were told that many years ago this woman had been accused of murdering her child, but it couldn't be proven. (This really isn't a ghost story, but thought I'd share it.)
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    I don't believe in any of that. I believe in science. So my answer is no.
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    Quote from BlueDevil,DNP
    I don't believe in any of that. I believe in science. So my answer is no.
    There are some things science can't explain. Everyone who sees a ghost is not crazy as non believers believe.

    There is an old saying-for those who believe no explanation is necessary and for those who don't believe no explanation is possible.
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    I was a CNA (until I messed up my knee and needed surgery). I worked swing shifts at a SNF/LTC.

    After dinner, we turned out all the lights down the halls so everyone could go to bed. Once I saw this odd shadow that looked like a woman, but I checked and no one was there. We had one resident whose wheelchair, although completely locked would roll off on its own. It could've just been me being tired at 10 PM, but I really think my work was haunted.

    I once got locked in the walk-in freezer while looking for chocolate ice cream for one of my very favorite patients. Needless to say, I was scared to death every time someone asked for juice or an ice cream. I HATED going into the kitchen, especially at night! -shivers- It was dark, weird, and empty.

    We also had this weird 2 way mirror and even though I knew this, the CNAs playing hooky and hiding in the kitchen halfway through the shift always looked like ghosts to me. It freaked me out, seriously.
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    Quote from Poochiewoochie
    There are some things science can't explain. Everyone who sees a ghost is not crazy as non believers believe.
    Yes, the world is full of curious things. This is exactly why scientists continue to study the world around them and do not just relay on base, nebulous theories to provide perfunctory answers to "big" questions.

    FTR, I never called anyone "crazy." Many people believe they have seen ghosts or experienced the paranormal. This does not them deserving of a diagnosis belonging in the DSM-IV (V). It makes them searching for answers to something they cannot explain, and simply settling for far more ethereal answers than the rest of us.
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    Quote from turnforthenurseRN
    Our workplace is supposedly haunted. We have employees who have seen a black figure with glowing red eyes...and also a white figure with glowing red eyes.
    Why did I read this thread right before I head off to bed?

    Ever since I read The Amityville Horror, I am scared to death of the thought of seeing glowing red eyes. Yikes!
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    Quote from BlueDevil,DNP
    Yes, the world is full of curious things. This is exactly why scientists continue to study the world around them and do not just relay on base, nebulous theories to provide perfunctory answers to "big" questions.

    FTR, I never called anyone "crazy." Many people believe they have seen ghosts or experienced the paranormal. This does not them deserving of a diagnosis belonging in the DSM-IV (V). It makes them searching for answers to something they cannot explain, and simply settling for far more ethereal answers than the rest of us.
    Guess I better drag out my mental health books to look up that DSM-IV (V) diagnosis now. Impressive vocabulary too!


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