It’s October, so that means Halloween is just around the corner and its the season for ghost stories. You know some of that scary stuff going down in hospitals, so sit back and enjoy our collection of spine-tingling tales from real nurses and their real-life encounters with spirits.
“We See Him All the Time”
A nurse was at the desk, and a guy in white nursing uniform passed by, walked into an empty room, and didn’t come back out. The nurse thought it was strange, so he went into the room but found it empty. He asked two respiratory technicians if they’d seen anything, but they both said they were talking the whole time and did not notice anyone pass by.
When one of his coworkers came back from lunch, he explained what happened. His coworker just said, “Oh, that’s just Bob. He worked here as an LVN years ago and was accused of molesting a child. He was sure he was about to be arrested so he jumped out the window in that room and killed himself. We see him all the time.”
There was a patient who was always using the call button. The nurses had to take turns because he really required a lot of monitoring. One day, he died at around 8:00 p.m. The family came, and the funeral home took care of the body. Around 10:00 p.m., the call button went off.
It kept buzzing every five minutes. One of the nurses was a very spiritual girl, and after four hours of the call button constantly going off, she finally walked down to the room and announced, “Mr. X, you have died. You can’t be in here bothering us anymore. Move along. In the name of Jesus, I’m exorcising you from this plane of existence. Go to the light and be happy.”
After that, the call button was silent.
One nurse was working in the NICU when there was a threat of a tornado. Some nurses got pulled out of duty to work in the sister hospital across town as part of the disaster plan. When one of the nurses came back, she had the following story to tell.
She was assisting in giving out medication, but every patient she went to said that they had already gotten their meds from another nurse wearing a white uniform and cap. That story revealed the urban legend of Nurse Betty.
Nurse Betty had an affair with a married doctor. She became pregnant and allowed him to perform an abortion in the second floor operating room. She died, and he went to jail. The local newspaper would do a feature on Nurse Betty every year on Halloween.
That hospital has since been replaced with college dorms. Makes you wonder if any students have seen her.
The Dark Shadowy Figure
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A nurse walked past their station just before breakfast and saw a big black figure behind a chair. It was so huge it almost touched the ceiling, and it was walking over to the nurse. The nurse ran away as quickly as he could.
When the nurse told the story to those who worked the previous shift, they also said that they had seen the same figure. They even gave the same description.
A nurse worked in a state institution for developmentally disabled persons. They were temporarily relocated while their building was being renovated. The nurse saw one of the residents walking down the hall, so he let the staff know that they had an escapee.
That particular resident, Larry, was difficult because he would eat anything, and he was hard to control. The nurse called other staff members to help escort Larry back to his room, but they couldn’t find him. Just when they were about to call the house supervisor to report a missing resident, the real Larry walks out of the bathroom, where he had been for the last 30 minutes or so.
The nurse was absolutely sure he had seen Larry in the hallway. The next day, they found out that Larry had an identical twin brother who died in the building 10 years prior.
“Don’t Let Them Take Me!”
One of the scariest stories comes from the nurse who worked in the oncology unit of a hospital. She was assigned to a patient who was slowly passing away and had already been unconscious for several days. At some point during the night, the nurse went into the room, and the patient was in bed and looked at her and said, “Don’t let them take me.” The nurse was scared and asked her who was going to take her. The patient pointed at a spot in the air and said, “That black thing up there.” The patient died within minutes.
Betty’s Call Button
A certified nurse assistant working in long-term care had a patient named Betty who was very independent. She was able to do all her activities without assistance. One day, Betty came down with pneumonia. After that, she needed help doing her daily activities but was too stubborn to ask for help from the nurses.
The CNA told Betty that if she needed anything during the night, she just had to press the call light to get assistance. Of course, Betty did not press the call light and climbed out of her bed. She fell, and as a result of the trauma, she died.
A week after she passed, the call light for the room went off at night. Thinking it was the resident in bed 1, the nurse went into the room, but the call lights for beds A and B were off. The call light for bed C (Betty’s bed) was on.
“Don’t Let Me Die!”
A nurse told this story of a patient who was very difficult to deal with. This story was more about demonic possession than ghosts. The patient has many problems from cardiac to renal failure and was very afraid to die. He would fly into a rage screaming “Don’t let me die!”
At 2:00 a.m., his cardiac monitor started beeping. As one nurse was pulling the crash cart into the room, the other nurse is frozen in shock. Sitting on air about two inches above the bed, the man was laughing. His eyes had a look of pure evil, and he had a wicked smiled. He laughed and said, “You stupid b****es aren’t going to let me die, will you?” and he laughed again. Both nurses were too shocked to move.
When they hit the Code Blue button,the man crashed back onto the bed. They started resuscitating him, but after 20 minutes, they stopped their efforts. A few minutes after, the man sat up in bed and said, “You let him die. Too bad,” then began laughing. The man collapsed back on the bed, and then they heard an agonizing scream.
Every patient in the unit heard that scream and the words “don’t let me die” being whispered throughout the unit.
The Black Shape Standing Over the Bed
One night, a nurse was assigned to a dying male patient. The patient was scared, so the nurse spent some time trying to calm and reassure him. He eventually calmed down, and the nurse left his bedside.
From the nurse’s station about 15 feet away, the nurse sat down and glanced back at the patient. He saw a black shape standing over the bed, looking at the patient. The nurse was sure that what he saw was a spirit or something evil.