How many nurses have encountered patients who claim to have had a near death experience and what have they stated to you... I have a patient who is a quad due to a history of drug abuse. One night patient X was having a great deal of anxiety so I gave him his prescribed antianxiety med. I stayed with him for awhile until he calmed down and he told me a story of how once when he was hospitalized he died on the table. He went on to say that it was as if he were floating above his body and that he could see them working on him to try to bring him back. He use to work in the hospital and assisted in some way with codes so he new what the team was doing. I asked him if he saw the bright light that is often talked about and he said "NO"! What he recalled was after he drifted away from seeing the team working on his body that there was no bright light to lead him on his way, only darkness... Then he was suddenly being pulled back into his body. This was the story that he told me and the source of his anxiety tonight, the fact that he saw no bright light and only darkness... I have to wonder how truthful he was being with his story and I'm not quite sure that I believe what he was saying. He is a drug abuser and I think possibly he wanted me to tell the doctor he needed a higher strength of antianxiety medication? I stayed with him until he was calm and then checked on him later and he was asleep. I haven't wanted to bring it up since then. Has anyone else had any experiences with this sort of thing, near death experiences?