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The hospital workers on reddit save lives, but they also see some messed up stuff in hospitals. What’s it like to watch someone die? Well, the hard fact of the matter is that doctors and nurses see it every day, and have sad, and – though it’s in somewhat bad taste to say – have tons of creepy hospital stories to tell as a result. This truly disturbing and saddening collection of doctor stories, nurse stories, and scary hospital stories is both morbidly fascinating and quite upsetting. Read if you dare, but probably not with the lights off.
He’s Right Behind You Now, Honey
“I used to work in a skilled nursing facility. I was usually assigned to the Alzheimer’s ward. One night I’m in the linen room stocking my cart, and I heard someone shuffle up behind me, then I felt a hand on my shoulder. I turned around and there was no one else in the room. The door was still shut too.
Another lady started to complain that a man was coming into her room at night (again, Alzheimer’s, so I didn’t think much of it) so to reassure her, I told her I’d check on her throughout the night. She complained about this man for every night for 2 more weeks when I asked her to describe him to me.
‘He’s real handsome, and wears a black suit. Oh. He’s right behind you now, honey.’
That freaked me out. Of course there was no one behind me. She passed the next night in her sleep.” [Source]
Don’t Make Him Go Back There
“When my mom worked as an E.R. nurse, a guy came in from a car accident and was losing blood. In the midst of resuscitation, the man jolts awake and screams, “Don’t let me go back there! Please, please, please don’t let me go back!” A few seconds later they lost him.” [Source]
She Passes Through A Second Time
“When I was a student, I got called in on a stroke patient. They were doing CPR. They worked for 45 minutes, but she died. They cleaned her up, and called on the family to say good bye. By the time the family left, she had been both brain dead and without a pulse for more than 45 minutes. She was completely grey, and she already started to smell. Suddenly, she sat up, and called for her family. The nurses rushed to get monitors and equipment back on her. They started working on her again, she stabilized, said goodbye to her family, and promptly passed a second time.” [Source]
She Follows You With Her Eyes
“Patient comes up to the unit from the ED (Emergency Department). ED nurse warns me this is a bad elder abuse case and the local PD is involved as well as adult protective services. She was found on a mattress covered in urine and stool. The poor woman was horribly demented and her arms and legs were contracted in the fetal position. Her eyes were bloodshot and she was covered in wounds and open sores. Even though she couldn’t move, those blood shot eyes would follow me while I was in her room. She kept trying to talk but her mouth was swollen and full of sores. She ended up dying shortly after we changed her code status. Her eyes were open and looking through the door way when I walked in after the monitor showed she had passed. I will never forget her face and those eyes will stay with me forever.” [Source]
She Was Almost There
“ER nurse here. I had an old lady come in by ambulance, near gone. She was a DNR (Do Not Resuscitate), so we weren’t going to do much for her. She didn’t have any family that we could find. The hospital was full, so we had to keep her in the ER for the night.
Again, she was near gone. When you’ve seen enough people go, there’s no mistaking it, and she was almost there. Barely responsive; pale, cool, breaths were really irregular. Heart rate was up and down, too. We just turned the lights down and kept an eye on her monitor, basically waiting for her to go.
About an hour later, she’s standing at the door of her room. She’d gotten up and put on all her clothes. We were all like, ‘WTF?’ One of the nurses went to check on her, and she said she was hungry. Not knowing really what to make of things, we got her a chair, a bedside table, and went to the cafeteria and got her a tray of food.
Lady sat there, ate all her food, talked with the staff a little. After about an hour, she told her nurse that she was tired and wanted to lie back down. We helped her back into bed, and within 30 minutes she was gone.
Not exactly paranormal, but in 22 years in busy, inner city ERs, it’s the weirdest thing I’ve seen.” [Source]
“I’m a RN (Resident Nurse) and while I was a student I was caring for a lady who had end stage renal failure, had a DNAR (Do Not Attempt Resuscitation) and was shutting down. We were having a little chat when she stopped, looked over my shoulder and said “Bill’s here love, I’ve got to go,” and swiftly stopped breathing. I read her old notes and Bill was her late husband.” [Source]
It’s Always Facility-Specific
“LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) here. I work in long-term care currently. A lot of palliative residents claim to see either small dogs, or children eating ice cream before they pass. It’s always facility-specific too. One facility I work at, I have had 6 to 7 residents claim to see a little girl eating ice cream—then they pass that night. I’m going to find that little brat. She is causing me so much paperwork.” [Source]
The Voodoo People
“I’ve been a night nurse for 4 years now at an old folk’s home. I had a palliative who couldn’t sleep because of incredibly vivid visions. She would describe voodoo people around her room that would just stare at her, waiting for her to pass. I didn’t take it seriously until the lady across the hall (who rarely ever spoke) starting seeing them in her room too. It gave me legitimate shivers.” [Source]
“I work in a funeral home. This just happened this weekend. The cops were called to this residence, and they found this low-life in the apartment. He just said, “She’s dead.” The house was covered in feces, maggots, bed bugs, you name it, it was there. This woman was clearly dead, and had been for 2 days. Her bed was covered in vermin, maggots all over her. The guy explained that he knew she had died, but that he was just too tired to tell anyone. We have seen everything, but the cops and my colleagues were shaken by how this woman died. How horrific.” [Source]
The Call Bell
“I used to work in a personal care home. A couple of times, a day or so after a resident had passed, their call bell would go off in their room. No one was in the room when the call bell went off on any of the occasions.
We had one resident pass pretty traumatically (nurses had to perform CPR because he was a full code). That night, the midnight staff said they saw him at the end of the hall, just walking down it like he always did. Then, the alarm on the door to the outside (it was a secured unit for Alzheimer’s/dementia) went off. It was the door he always tried when he was looking to get out.” [Source]
“About 2 years ago we treated patients during a fungal meningitis outbreak. Our acute care floor has a census of 20. During this, at least 10-15 were meningitis patients, age ranging from twenties to nineties. There are no shared rooms and all the patients were in isolation, no contact with one another. Many of them had the same visions: children in the corners of their rooms and hearing religious music.” [Source]
The Blinking Mannequin
“This was when I was still training to be a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) at our local community college. We had these regular non-horrifying mannequins we used for all the dressing, bathing and bed-making practice. They even had attachments for catheters. But we didn’t store all the equipment in the classroom.
There was a small backroom that was locked off that we had to get some stuff out of one day. I volunteered to go grab it (some clothes for the mannequins I think), and when I unlocked the door it was pitch black inside. It was like the room sucked out some of the light coming IN THE room. When I flicked on the ceiling light, before me on a ragged old stretcher, lay the most inhuman, terrifying-looking mannequin I have ever seen. I don’t know what these manufacturers use for a reference when they’re making the face, but they can’t be human. It was so twisted and looked like it was in agony. This thing looked like it was in PAIN. It was so creepy.
Anyway, I grabbed the stuff our teacher wanted, and when I took a look back, I could see one of it’s plastic eyelids close, and open. It freaked me out. I didn’t go in that room again for the rest of the course.” [Source]
A Harbinger Of Doom
“I work in a cardiovascular surgical ICU. We have a lot of messed up people (both physically and mentally) that come through our unit.
We had a stretch of nights were each corner room of our unit (it is a perfect square) reported seeing a cat walking around.
Not a friendly cat either, apparently. The thing was hissing at them.
The accounts were so similar to each other we actually spent probably a half hour looking around for a cat and then had security come look as well.
No cat was ever seen or found. 2 of those 4 patients coded the next day.” [Source]
Huddled In A Corner
“I’m a nurse. I worked night shift when a ward patient’s relative came running to the nurses’ station in a panic.
‘Nurse! Come quick!’, she cried.
‘You have to see it for yourself!’
I ran to the ward and this little old lady patient was crying and holding on to the bed for dear life. Her bed was shaking.
Now, you’re probably thinking that the lady was the one causing all that shaking. But she was this frail, practically emaciated thing. She couldn’t have barely rattled the bed rails. The ward had only two other patients in it and their respective watchers. Everyone was huddled in a corner, shaking in fright.
Apparently that particular ward was seldom used, and the bed that old lady lay in was rarely occupied. People who have stayed in it complained of nightmares where they hear screams and laughter of angry children. I guess some restless spirit called dibs on that particular bed.” [Source]
“I did my clinical as a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) in a memory care unit. I helped feed this woman. She never really moved. Never talked. It was like she was in a coma or something. I would wheel her into the dining room. I can hardly get any real food in her. I’m able to slide in some special ice cream. For days she doesn’t move or have any response.
I’m feeding her and talking to myself pretty much. After about ten minutes she slowly turns her head and says “Oh, hello” then she rotates her head back her blank staring position. She never said another word to me again.” [Source]
“I’m a therapist in an acute/long term care facility. We have 4 main hallways, a lot of the action is on 300 and 2B. Residents will hear this little boy laugh. Some see him, some just hear him. They play with him and let him sit on their laps. It’s very strange to see how comfortable a 98-year-old woman feels when talking to a little boy ghost. Grandma instincts kick in I guess.” [Source]
“Get Ready To Leave”
“I work a stroke/telemetry floor on the night shift. Most of our patients are elderly. Apparently, there are two things that patients see before they pass. Some will say that two men are walking in their rooms and telling them to get ready to leave. The patient will call and tell us that these men are big and abrasive in their demeanor. They are either terrified or annoyed when they see the two men.
The other thing they will see is a little boy who will go into their rooms and try to wake them up. The boy is usually loud and runs around their rooms. The patients will call and ask who’s letting children just run around late night. Several nights or even that same shift we’re coding or cleaning the patient for the funeral home to pick up.” [Source]
“I work midnights in a long-term care facility as a nurse’s assistant. I have two men under my care and both of them are unable to use their call lights. They have severe dementia and debilitating Parkinson’s disease, but still their lights are looped around their bed rail. One night, their light came on and I went to answer it already confused and creeped out. I turned it off and left the room. Before I could get two doors up, the light came back on. I went in there and both lights were unplugged from the wall and thrown under their beds. I fished them out, plugged them back in and left.” [Source]
I’ll Leave The Light On For You
“I was pulling a guard shift in the CHS on FOB Speicher one night in Iraq. There hadn’t been any action for the whole previous week, so the staff was all racked out. I was walking the halls and everything was supposed to be off, or on standby. I walked past one room they used for local patients, but was empty. The lights were on, so I toggled the switch down to turn them off.
I started walking down the hall again, and I saw the lights come back on out of the corner of my eye. This is when I went into alert mode (safety off, at low-ready). I cleared the corner and looked into the room. Nothing.
I put the switch back in the down position again and went to call it up on the i-com. The radio was on the fritz. So I began walking back to the CQ desk to report it in person. The lights turned back on.
At this point, I’m a little on edge. I can’t radio in for help, there is nobody on this side of the compound that would hear me yell, and the light switch position keeps changing when the lights go back on.
I don’t know what I was expecting when I went to clear the corner and look into the room again, but I saw nothing but an empty room, a gurney, a heart monitor, and a crash cart. I couldn’t tell you to this day why I said what I said then, but I was worried that if I didn’t, the lights would keep switching back on. I said “If you’re scared of the dark, I’ll leave the light on for you.”
I left the light on and finished my shift. I left a note with the desk that one of the surgeons had asked me to always leave that light on just in case they had an emergency come in. For the remainder of my shifts, that light always remained on.” [Source]
“I used to work as an STNA (State Tested Nursing Assistant) in a nursing home. Worked third shift throughout university. During the night we turned half the lights off so it was darker for the evening and didn’t get a lot of light in the residents’ rooms. We had one resident who was younger (70s) and was mostly in for mental reasons. She had long, dark hair and was very thin.
I was sitting at the nurse’s station at the top of the hall and heard a call light go off. I stood up, looked down the dark hall, and on all fours—straight out of The Ring—this resident was crawling up the hall toward me. The other STNA had forgotten to put the bed rail up and the resident was VERY good at climbing out of bed.
Needless to say, I needed some new britches and my heart was racing a mile a minute.” [Source]
The Death Moan
“I worked security through college at a local hospital. The only creepy thing I remember is when a dead man moaned. One of my duties was to help wheel patients who had expired down to the in-house morgue. Once we were wheeling an older man from the E.R. and half-way down the hallway he let out this low moan. I started to panic, thinking that he was coming back to life, but the RN explained to me that sometimes the air in the lungs doesn’t come out until later.” [Source]
She Has To Listen To The Voices
“A 9-year-old girl came in once. Her parents had been finding her dolls hanging around the house with belts or strings tied around their necks. She had gone into a rage and held a knife to her own throat. They brought her to the hospital and during her psych evaluation she said she heard voices in her head telling her she was stupid and telling her to kill herself. She said she didn’t want to but she had to listen to the voices. I couldn’t sleep for weeks…” [Source]
Old St. Barts
“I used to work in St. Barts hospital in London, which in parts is over 1,000 years old. One of the buildings had two floors (with massively high ceilings), and so the floors were taken out and rearranged to make into five floors. The nurses working night shift would often tell us of the ghost of a night nurse who wandered silently doing her ’rounds’ at night—but due to the new floors, only her head would be visible drifting down the ward.” [Source]
“I got the opportunity to shadow nurses and surgeons for two of my class periods in high school. I never really experienced being in the ICU before. What was creepy for me was seeing how many unconscious people were fighting for their lives. I followed a nurse to a major heart attack patient. This guy was put under an induced coma but his eyes stayed open. The nurse had me help put gel over his eyes. It’s been three years and I still have his “dead” gaze stuck in my head. I also had to help reposition the guy and it was like trying to move an extremely stiff mannequin. Seeing a human in a not so human state is extremely uncomfortable and creepy.” [Source]