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What's Your Best Nursing Ghost Story?

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The very small step down unit I worked in was having night time staffing issues, I agreed to rotate to nights to help them out.

It was a 4 bed, newly renovated unit. It was around 3am, and I was watching the monitors, listening to the patients snore. The pencil draw slid open, I didnt think much of it since the hospital was on a very busy avenue. I thought it was caused by the vibrations from the trafffic on the busy road below. After sliding the draw back several times, I decided if the draw felt it needed to be open so be it

Several minutes later :

I heard a noise in the room, the patients bathroom door opening and the sound of someone pushing an IV pole. Since I did not have clear view of the bathroom, I just thought one of the staff members from the main floor had dashed in to wash their hands. I looked up from my monitor viewing to see a patient we recently had in the unit. Mrs.G. An older woman who came in with atypical chest pain, became septic due to a gallbladder issue.

She evidently had expired in the unit. Although the hospital itself had been on this site for years, the unit was newly renovated, right down to tearing down walls and putting up new ones. I heard the patients bathroom door open

and again I heard the rattling of the IV pole and shuffling feet. I looked up and saw Mrs. G. standing there in the middle of the floor, one hand pushing the IV pole, the other hand on top of the pump on the pole. She stopped walking, turned waved, nodded her head said everything was going to be okay

took a few steps and disappeared.

It was quite a site to see. Shortly after that "vision" one of the nurses from the floor came in to see if I needed anything. I told her no I was ok. And asked her if she had ever seen a ghost in the hospital. She looked at me, gasped and said no why. Explained to her what had just happend. She said she would never step foot in that room again.

Mrs. G was the first patient to die in that unit. She was well liked by all the staff and my feeling was that she was watching over us. The day shift came in, and I told them my story. They werent surprised.

Through the years working at various hospitals, worked as a Nurse Extern my senior year in nursing school.And heard older nurses telling their stories about ghosts...I thought they were just burnt out. HA!! Yes there are ghosts in care facilities,

If they are not seen their presence is felt. They leave an energy behind.

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This thread is soooo creepy!!! Even more creepy, I had my first "ghost" experience right before I saw this thread! Bare with me, it's sort of a 3 part tale...

I was working my regular 7-7 night shift in a bone marrow transplant unit

with one other nurse. We had 5 patients, and it was about 3:30 am. My coworker had just come out of room 4, and i startled her as she came around the corner. Well, she had been empyting a urinal when the bathroom door had closed on her, which of course freaked her out and she spilled urine on herself but I digress. She proceeded to tell me that there was a young gentleman who had been in that room who had died a rather gruesome death...evidently this man was slated to go home, but one night (around 4) the nurses heard a thump...the sound of someone falling...they rushed in the room, and this man was in the bathroom, central line out, and blood everywhere. They coded him, but he died right there in the bathroom. No one is sure why he pulled his line, or what had happened, but evidently the scene was a bloodbath. Horrible, horrible...now here comes the scary part. A few weeks later, a sweet little old lady is in that room and asks the nurse if someone had died in there. The nurse explained that this is a hospital, and it was likely that someone could have died. Well, the lady says, well, i think a young guy died in here....the nurses asks why, the lady responds "cuz he's talking to me." Aghhh!! Ok, I'm not making this up....this lady has a central line, triple lumen. The nurse goes in there and there is blood everywhere. One of her lines is cut. Not pulled out, but cut. There are no scissors in the room. The lady says "he did it." OHMYGOSH!! Even the doctors were trying to get a priest or something to come in and say some prayers in that room!!!

Ok, so my coworker is telling me all this and we are scaring eachother when all of a sudden the call light goes off. For that room. We look at eachother, and both of us go to the room (we are not going in there alone!) The pt. is sleeping soundly. It was soooooooooooo freaky. Luckily, her central line was fine :)

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Hi! I am a South African Nurse who is currently living and working in California. The weirdest thing happened to me one night when I was working Night Shift back in SA. I had a patient whom I thought was playing with his IV causing me no end of headaches - As we have all experienced. I eventually confronted him after having to open the clamp for what seemed like the hundredth time that night. He got really irate with me and said he had done no such thing but blamed it on a young nurse in a white dress whom he said had fiddled repeatedly with it . I was confused as while we wear specific uniforms in South Africa, they were not white at this specific hospital. Needless to say I was really irritated and I think we both ended the conversation feeling exasperated.

I didn't think about the young nurse for several weeks until one night in a totally different room with a totally different patient. The call light rang and when I went to answer it the patient said he had a problem with one of my staff. Curious, asked what. He said a young nurse in a white uniform was standing quietly in the doorway of the dark bathroom staring at him and it was freaking him out. At this my hair stood on end but I reassured him that he must have been dreaming and checked the bathroom just to be sure. There was nothing there but I will never forget it.

Another instance, there was a patient who was terminally ill with liver cancer in a private room. I was working days but the night shift people said they hated going into the room because something would blow on the back of their necks and shadows would move where shadows shouldn't be. The man was a christian, as was his wife and his wife said she saw this black prescence descend above him and his breathing would become labored. She asked myself and a friend to pray for her which we gladly did being christians ourselves. We annointed and blessed the room and prayed with the family and asked the Lord to seal the room. From that time on the room was filled with peace and love and the man breathed so much more easier. People had no more problems with going in there. This gentle little man eventually passed away, but it was in a place of peace and love.

I think I have a few more stories but I can't remember them right now as I have just gotten home from a crazy night in a wild med/surg unit and I am truly beat!

Take care

gms1976

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sounds like nurse betty has truly become an angel...wow a nice nurse who wanted to do more and her time was shortened....believe in ghost don't know believe in angels positive...nurse betty has proven that one again to me...blessings to all ....

mulan said:
jdon said:
I was working in the nicu when we had a threat of a tornado. some nurses got pulled to go to a sister hospital in town to assist in the disaster plan. when all was over one of the nurses returned with this story: she was assisting the nurses in giving some meds before pulling all into the hallways. every pt she went to said they already had their meds from that nice nurse in the white uniform and hat. she realized after she left that its been awhile since a nurse has worn a hat. that story revealed the urban ledgen of nurse betty. story goes she had an affair with a married md, became pregnant then agreed to allow him to perform an abortion on her on the 2nd floor or room.she died and he went to jail. she never left the hospital and was seen frequently. the local newspaper would do an article of her every year around halloween on her sightings. the hospital has since been replaced with college dorms. hmmmm i wonder if any students have seen her?
wow, a ghost that can physically give meds, that's pretty good!

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Worked as a Hospice nurse for 10 years and was with many as they died. I have come to regard death as a sacred experience. We always tried to ensure that the symptoms were controlled so that the patient was comfortable and calm. When someone is not at peace as they die then it can be very scarey for the nurse and family. I belive that there is an afterlife and that evil exits but I have never seen a ghost or been freaked out. I have however, seen others who watch too many scarey movies and don't understand the sacred nature of the next stage of life whose door is death. I am not afraid to die myself, I just hope that whoever is there to take care of me as make my journey can be compassionate and comforting. I already have my hopice nurse picked out.

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Mulan said:
Jdon said:
I was working in the nicu when we had a threat of a tornado. Some Nurses got pulled to go to a sister hospital in town to assist in the disaster plan. When all was over one of the nurses returned with this story: She was assissting the nurses in giving some meds before pulling all into the hallways. Every pt she went to said they already had their meds from that nice nurse in the white uniform and hat. She realized after she left that its been awhile since a nurse has worn a hat. That story revealed the urban ledgen of Nurse Betty. Story goes she had an affair with a married md, became pregnant then agreed to allow him to perform an abortion on her on the 2nd floor OR room.She died and he went to jail. She never left the hospital and was seen frequently. The local newspaper would do an article of her every year around halloween on her sightings. The hospital has since been replaced with college dorms. Hmmmm i wonder if any students have seen her?

Wow, a ghost that can physically give meds, that's pretty good!

Would Nurse Betty count against the day's PPD?

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Ghost stories - when I was a student working on a male medical ward one night with my mate (also a 2nd yr student). The auxillary and staff nurse both left the ward together for their break leaving us two in charge ! (the done thing some years ago). Suddenly a man in one of the beds sat bolt upright and said "Who are all those soldiers?" A guy in the bed opposite awoke and commented that he could not see their feet. My pal and I tried to calm them down, telling them it was probably the side effects of their tablets! When the staff returned, we told them the patients had seen something on the ward, but did not say what. The auxillary then went pale and said it must be their anniversary again.She told us the hospital use to be a millitary hospital during the war, but the floor was 12 inches lower and every year a troup of ghost soldiers walk down the ward with their feet on the orriginal floor so you never see their boots! Exit 2 student nurses!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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StatBlues has 25 years experience.

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"saw a black figure "

After reading this in a few posts. I wonder if it is the angel of death, or a soul collector for the evil? Or if being dark means evil at all? And, a white mist is not evil....?

I wonder too, why so many hang around, earth. Is not heaven waiting for all who have tried to have a good life? Especially the children....why arent they playing in heaven? Why do some have people to greet them, and some dont.

I have so many questions.

I think a book could be made and published with all these stories and more.

:)

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I work in a LTC facilty on night shift and I have a few to share! Several years ago when I was an aide, a gentleman had passed away. Not too long after that we were having a severe thunderstorm one night and a great big clap of thunder was heard. His light starting going off just as the thunder clapped. We all new that it had to be the storm, but it still freaked us out that it was his room light that rang!

Now we have a room that we all think is haunted. During the day or night this room's bathroom call light will go off. The 2 ladies that live in this room are not able to walk, so it's obviously not them. One night the light in their room and in the bathroom had gone off several times. Someone finally mentioned it to day shift and they said it happens to them also. Just the other night I turned off the bathroom light myself and they were both snuggled in bed. I hurried up and got out of there after I shut the light off!

The other strange thing that happened in this room is that one of the ladies like to chant the number 6 over and over. One night the aides had been in the room several times because the other lady had put on her call light. She had done this right before rounds and when the aides went back in the room a short time later to check on them both again, the lady that had been putting on her light was completely turned around in bed. Her head was at the foot of the bed and the covers where just as straight as could be. This lady could barely move so it's interesting how she got herself turned all around in bed and then to not disturb the covers!

Another night when I was working a few weeks ago we were having the same problems with this room with the call lights going off in the bathroom and the room itself. The aides were getting freaked out which also got me giddy too. I was in another part of the nursing home and the aides came running up to me all breathless saying that so and so's bed was levitating off the ground. I told them I wasn't going in there!!! But since I was the one in charge, had to put my anxiety away. We all go to the room and kind of peek around the corner and sure enough the whole front of the bed was off the floor, the wheels and all!! I walk in there and the headboard was hooked on the roommates bedside table. When they had raised the bed up to check the resident and then started to lower it, it must have moved a little bit so that when they were putting the bed down, the headboard caught the table and all they could see was the bed staying where it was and the wheels raising up! We all had a good laugh over that! After that, the light stayed off in that room, thank goodness!!

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I work in a LTC facility . Can't say that I've seen ghosts per say but ....

When I first started I worked the 11-7 shift. The facility was being added to,(another wing added on ) During the night shift only we would see flashlights and hear hammering going on in the addition. Needless to say we called the police a couple times and they couldn't find anything. Once the construction was done the flashlights stopped.

I had an elderly female that was passing , she would look toward the foot of her bed and tell me about the angels that she would see. When she started to tell me the names of the angels she would get worse. One time she told me " My sister has come for me " she asked that we say a prayer and we did . She died about 3 minutes after we said the prayer .

When my sister passed away at the age of 53 from cancer the entire family was at her bedside. I have another sister that passed away 35 years ago. My dad said to us " Joanne will be ok , Diane is waiting for her ." Diane is my sister that passed away 35 years ago .

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I work in an extended care facility, and a few years ago one of our more 'well known' residents died.( Mrs. W.B.) She was a younger woman (early 60's) with MS. Although at times (ok, most times) she could be a royal pain, she was lively, opinionated, and interesting. She always took an interest in the lives of the nurses who worked with her, and was familiar with our families, etc. When she died, many of us went to her funeral. Her daughter had been in to see us earlier in the week, and asked us each to choose a token piece of jewellery as a remembrance. (none were valuable, mostly stones or charms on cord or ribbon). We all chose a piece, and wore them to the funeral service. After the service, one nurse noted her necklace was all of a sudden missing. We went back into the chapel, and finally found it up near the closed casket. The nurse had never been up to the front of the chapel, but had stayed with the other nurses in the back of the chapel. Another nurse folded up the program from the funeral service and tucked it into her sun visor in her car. On the way home, the visor all of a sudden fell down, knocked her on the head and of course, the program fell out. On my way home, I suddenly realized MY necklace was no longer on my neck. When I got home I found it tangled in my lingerie. (It was a stone on a cord sewn together....how the heck did it come off????) And finally, the night of the service, the night staff at the hospital was freaked when they heard a loud metalic noise and found the chains from a hoyer lift in the middle of the hallway by the resident's old room. (She was the only resident who used this old fashioned lift). We knew it was just W.B. coming back to visit us. To this day, when something 'other worldly' happens, we just say its W.B.!

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I work in DC; I'm really curious to know where that job site is? So creepy!

TypicalFish said:
ZASHAGALKA said:
In DC in the 50's there was a porn theater; it burned down and some people died, later as it was being demolished, there were freak accidents and yet a few more people died (do you see a trend here?)(all of this has been in the paper)

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