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Nursing and the supernatural

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Just wondering if anyone has seen some patients near death/in the process of dying, have something supernatural happen. I can't say I've ever seen anything with the deaths I've seen, in fact generally it hasn't been very pleasant at all, but within the last year, some spooky things began to happen when a new nurse joined our team, and the school bought an run down old people's home and renovated it, to use as our new health center.

Two things happened recently; the first was on the night shift, when the clinic was empty, with my new colleague. She was just about to go to sleep, when there was a loud bang, and her bed shook violently. She was pretty freaked out, and refused to sleep there, and every night shift stayed up all night with the light on, reading or on her laptop - unless of course students are in for observation, whereupon she's busy.

The second thing happened soon after this first event, which we were both discussing one evening, was she got a phone call saying a friend had died in an accident. She was naturally upset, and we were discussing whether we thought there was more beyond this life, when the door between the offices swung closed and clicked shut. Sent a shiver down my spine, and hers too. It's an enclosed space, with no breezes. We were quite freaked out.

Anyway, we find in a cupboard in the bedroom some salt, incense, candle and big crystal rock, with a hole cut out to put the candle in, and talk about this with the other nurses, and one admits to being a 'spiritualist' and the noises in the night are nothing to worry about.

Anyway, the new nurse is quite upset, and we agree to get the local minister in to have a look around. He blesses the place, and since then nothing has happened.

Just wondering if anyone else has experienced anything.

Ruas61, BSN, RN

Specializes in MDS/ UR. Has 39 years experience.

I thought you had gone over the wall. Back so soon?

Ruby Vee, BSN

Specializes in CCU, SICU, CVSICU, Precepting & Teaching. Has 40 years experience.

The abovementioned thread is great reading, but it's at least six years old. Maybe it's time for a new thread on the supernatural. Personally, I've never worked in a hospital that WASN'T haunted. Except maybe the brand new one I'm working in right now, but even this one has some "kinks" that cannot be explained by science.

The old building, where our unit used to be located, has been converted to offices. There's one office that is perpetually empty -- no one will use it for long. Maybe it's coincidence, but the location of that office coincides with the location of an old ICU room that we all swear was haunted . . . .

I've noticed that a lot of people poop when they die. But poop is natural.

I think a lot of hospitals are haunted. I don't have the gene to perceive this stuff, but a lot of my former patients did.

It used to creep me out when I'd have patients ask me who the strangers in their room were, when the only person there was me.

A few asked what the children down the hall were giggling about (no peds and no visitor kids).

One elderly lady told me she saw her mama walking toward her and it was time for her to go home. She died within the hour.

There was one room that a had wild call bell that would randomly go off, no matter how many times they rewired the room.

There was one morgue that I swear was haunted. This is the only time I perceived the weirdness myself. Whenever I would make a deposit, I swear I heard laughter. I stopped going down there by myself. I had a coworker try to pawn the sound off on gas release. Nope, I can tell the difference between a fart and a laugh. I'm getting chills just thinking about it.

LittleMissKat

Has 2 years experience.

I used to work at a nursing home before I was hired at a hospital and we had this one little old lady who was blind and she liked to get up every day at 2/3 in the morning. Well one morning I was getting her up into her wheelchair when she looked behind me and asked who that young man was sitting on the bed.

Creeped me out because 1) she's blind and 2) there used to be a young man in there who had passed away...

At the hospital we also get a bunch of older dying patients who ask about the children in the hall... It's the adult side of the hospital and there are no kids around.

I guess if there is a supernatural world, then there probably is a God then.

Neither of the two events described in the OP sound remotely compelling as to evidence of the supernatural.

Oh, he is the supernatural part, didn't ya hear? He has superpowers as a nurse like no other.

And here we go again ... :sarcastic:

cardiacfreak, ADN

Specializes in Hospice.

And here we go again ... :sarcastic:
Elk park, can I go with you?:banghead:

OCNRN63, RN

Specializes in Oncology; medical specialty website.

Just wondering if anyone has seen some patients near death/in the process of dying, have something supernatural happen. I can't say I've ever seen anything with the deaths I've seen, in fact generally it hasn't been very pleasant at all, but within the last year, some spooky things began to happen when a new nurse joined our team, and the school bought an run down old people's home and renovated it, to use as our new health center.

Two things happened recently; the first was on the night shift, when the clinic was empty, with my new colleague. She was just about to go to sleep, when there was a loud bang, and her bed shook violently.

She was pretty freaked out, and refused to sleep there, and every night shift stayed up all night with the light on, reading or on her laptop - unless of course students are in for observation, whereupon she's busy.

The second thing happened soon after this first event, which we were both discussing one evening, was she got a phone call saying a friend had died in an accident. She was naturally upset, and we were discussing whether we thought there was more beyond this life, when the door between the offices swung closed and clicked shut. Sent a shiver down my spine, and hers too. It's an enclosed space, with no breezes. We were quite freaked out.

Anyway, we find in a cupboard in the bedroom some salt, incense, candle and big crystal rock, with a hole cut out to put the candle in, and talk about this with the other nurses, and one admits to being a 'spiritualist' and the noises in the night are nothing to worry about.

Anyway, the new nurse is quite upset, and we agree to get the local minister in to have a look around. He blesses the place, and since then nothing has happened.

Just wondering if anyone else has experienced anything.

Sometimes you just make it so easy.

Ok so I know the OP isn't a "trusted" member on this forum, but honestly, another ghost stories thread would be interesting.

This story didn't happen to me, but to my coworker. She told me about it when I relieved her shift. We were taking care of a hospice client who was very close to passing. The client said, "Go tell my dad I'm ok," and then said that her dad was standing outside her open bedroom window. I know that it's very likely that she was simply hallucinating, but at the same time, I like the idea of loved ones helping you "cross over" (or whatever happens after death). My coworker didn't believe that her dad was really there, but still went over to the window to tell the father that his daughter was in good hands.

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ixchel

Specializes in critical care.

I had a coworker share with me that he had worked in a nursing home. The rooms were all occupied by two patients. One room had two men, and when one of them died, the other one was ecstatic to lose his roommate. Turns out every night for the last couple of weeks, the deceased was getting visits from what he described as looking exactly like Papa Voodoo.

My coworker hadn't made the connection between the described visitor and Papa Voodoo, but as he shared the story, I recognized the description immediately. My coworker, being a believer in Christianity, was quite freaked out by it all. I'm an atheist and quite firmly believe in no creator. But I concede the point that sometimes science can't explain things, and that line between life and death ... Well, who knows. Chances are it was a hallucination, but it makes for a good story.

SubSippi

Has 2 years experience.

A patient committed suicide in his room on the floor I used to work on. After that, it seemed like most of the patients who stayed in that room more than a couple nights would go completely insane...talking to people, screaming all night, and they were all afraid someone was coming to get them.

Red Kryptonite

Specializes in hospice. Has 3 years experience.

A patient committed suicide in his room on the floor I used to work on. After that, it seemed like most of the patients who stayed in that room more than a couple nights would go completely insane...talking to people, screaming all night, and they were all afraid someone was coming to get them.

Eek. That's really creepy.

I did some CNA work for a friend of a friend. Her dad was dying and on Hospice, but wanted to die in his home so he had aides come at certain points in the day to take care of him. His daughter didn't trust the CNAs who came by, so she set up baby monitors all around the house. After seeing those CNAs doing horrible things over the nannycams (neglect, abuse), she hired me to take care of him.

The night he passed away, I was in the kitchen doing dishes and I kept feeling someone tapping on my shoulder. I also felt a lot of unexplainable breezes, and just a warm presence. I thought I was just spooking myself out, until we looked back at the nannycam footage. Cups sliding multiple feet across the counters, and random bursts of white light across the screen, and his dog barking at something that wasn't there. I think it was his wife taking him to the other side. It was a very spiritual experience!