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04-08-2008, 10:26 PM
I used to frequent another nursing forum. One of my favorite threads to read obsessively was one in which nurses shared their ghost stories from work.

We ALL have these stories. You know the ones! They always seem to come out at 03:00 when the unit is cold, dark, and silent and everyone is gathered around chatting.

It always seems that every unit has that one haunted room that everyone talks about, or that one crazy story that makes the rounds for years.

So, please, share your stories so we can all enjoy a good scare!

04-09-2008, 12:05 AM
I love to be scared of these threads. I don't have any personal stories, but I love reading everyone else's!


04-09-2008, 12:59 AM
We just moved into a new hospital and tore down the old one that was built in the 1940's. Night shift always talked about having doors slam down the hallways or hearing someone call out for them in an empty room. I never experienced it myself, but they swore it happened.

04-09-2008, 09:07 AM
Well... my story is rather dull, but it is true. One 0-dark-30 hour I walked into the large, brightly lit cafeteria in time to hear an hysterical housekeeper say to the cooking/serving staff, "It's true! Honest! I heard a young woman laughing. I thought it was one of you. When I went to look for her, she was always on the other side of the counter. The only thing I saw was just a little bit of movement. I told her to quit, but she just laughed louder. So I decided to run really fast around the counter and... there was no one there! But I know what I heard! She was laughing and I heard her run around the counter! But there was no one there!"

I asked the housekeeper to tell the story again. When she finished the cafeteria staff told me that a scary "something" had been keeping them company for a long, long time. Some liked the idea of a haunted cafeteria. Others were truly afraid.

I told them that the thing, whatever it was, would never bother them again. One looked relieved. One looked terrified ("Don't do anything! You'll just make it mad!"). The rest were silent, my job title keeping their words behind their teeth.

I went away. And I prayed. I asked Jesus to rid the premises of any thing that would harm or frighten staff.

The thing has not been seen - or heard - since.


04-09-2008, 05:48 PM
As a student nurse I worked at a hospital in London that was very old. There were lots of stories about ghosts, mainly involving grey ladies offering cups of tea to terminally ill people. If you took the tea then by morning you would have passed away. A few of my friends claimed to have had encounters, though I never did.

However I did have a strange experience on nights. I was working on a nightingale type ward (straight long room with beds on each side and nurses desk in the middle somewhere. There were two doors, one the front and main set of doors used by everyone and the back ones which led to some stairs. Out of the back door was a store room where dressings and the like were kept.

On this particular night I was on my own at the desk with my back to the back door. I heard the door open and swing a few times till it shut. There were a few footsteps then nothing. Expecting night sister, I looked round but no one was there. I guess someone might have started in the ward and changed their minds but I had a very strange feeling and am convinced to this day that something very odd was happening there.

I was young and impressionable and it was the middle of the night, but who knows?

04-19-2008, 09:31 AM
I had a private duty patient who I had cared for for 3 years pass away suddenly. I had always worked 3-11 on Sundays and we always enjoyed watching "The Practice" together. After he passed I was at home and I turned it on and got so sad I could not watch it and turned it off. The lamp on my bedside kept flickering on and off. I checked the bulb it was in tight. No big deal. The next Sunday the very same thing happened. The next Sunday the lamp started flickering before I could turn the TV on (I had not planned to watch "The Practice" because I just couldn't deal with it yet. (the patient was the same age as me) I said "ok I get the message, you want to watch "The Practice" with me". The lamp never flickered again and I was able to continue to enjoy the show. I still feel his presence every now and again

05-06-2008, 08:30 PM
I'll share a story a fellow nursing student told me:

She used to work as a tech on the neuro floor. This was an older hospital, and the nursery used to be located on one half of the neuro floor. Patients in that half were always complaining about screaming and crying children. Always.

One night, while my friend was working, one of her patients in restraints whisphered "Psst, untie me. There's a child next to me and she needs help. If you intie me, I can help her and she'll stop staring at me".

After a little back and forth, my friend though she saw a glint out of the corner of her eye, like a glare off of a watch that went towards the door.

That's when her patient said, "Go get her".


05-20-2008, 03:16 AM
I have two stories for you. The first was before I did my training as a nurse and was busy with my National Service. (Compulsary Army Training for all white South African males at that time)I was called up as a medic and worked in the old wing of a provincial hospital. We use to be rostered to work ambulance call for a 24 hour period and use to sleep in an old "ward" in the hospital. I, and other medics, would wake up to find a female form pulling our blankets up to cover us completely. On investigation we found out that this particular room had been used for terminal care and that one of the nurses had killed herself in the room after loosing a patient. She was reported to still cover up "bodies" up until the new wing of the hospital opened and the army took over the old wing. She never hurt anyone but any new medic would get a hugh fright his first shift.

The second story happened towards the middle of last year. One of the residents I look after at the Frail Care Unit I work at passed away during the day. The normal policy is that once the body has been collected by the undertakers the room is locked and the key stored in the schedule cupboard to prevent theft of the residents personel effects until the family can collect them. This lady had been rather a cantancerous old dear (And her family agreed). Every time I walked passed her door that night and every night after that the door would rattle as if someone was shaking it from the inside. It got so bad that I got the key and openned the room to check if the day staff had maybe left a window open that could have caused the rattle, but no they were all closed. The carers that worked with me also experienced it and refuse to walk past the door alone. It stopped the day of the funeral.

Hope these two meet with your approval.

Mother Jones, RN
05-20-2008, 02:56 PM
I've seen a lot of supernatural activity during my nursing career. This story is on my blog:

When I was a young girl, I went to nursing school at a very old hospital in the Midwest. The hospital celebrated it’s centennial the year I entered its nursing program, and I worked the evening shift on the weekends as a nurses aid to help pay for my education. I worked under three veteran nurses; Lilly, Norma, and Ruby. They were “old school nurses,” and they had seen it all. One night while I was charting vital signs at the nurse’s station, a call light came on at the end of the hallway, but the room was empty. Lilly looked up and said, “Girls, she’s at it again.” “Who’s at it again?” I asked. The three nurses quietly looked at me and at each other before Norma broke the silence. She asked, “Do you believe in ghosts?”

Norma told me that an old woman had died in that room years ago, and that she didn’t know that she was dead. Each of the nurses said that they had seen her spirit walking the halls, and that the call light started lighting up whenever she was restless. Ruby added that this sort of thing isn’t unusual, especially in old hospitals. She told me that while death is a part of life, not everyone is willing or able to leave the earth after they die. She also told me that I could expect to see supernatural things during my nursing career. Fortunately, our ghostly patient calmed down, and there was no further activity in the empty room that night. :marshmallow:

MJ :pepsi:
06-21-2008, 04:38 AM
The Scariest thing is when they are cleaning out one of floors in our hospital, and everyone is moved up to another floor...and you still manage to see call lights going off in empty, dark hallways with no pts in them.


Mother Jones, RN
06-23-2008, 01:46 AM
The Scariest thing is when they are cleaning out one of floors in our hospital, and everyone is moved up to another floor...and you still manage to see call lights going off in empty, dark hallways with no pts in them.


Creepy! :marshmallow:

MJ :pepsi: