Lea Rose Emery
As far as scary stories go, creepy paranormal hospital tales are some of the most nerve-wracking. A place where many spend the last moments of their lives, or spend years in between life and death, hospitals ooze paranormal phenomena like they do bodily fluids. As such, nurses share supernatural stories on Reddit so everyone can get a look at what goes on behind their white curtains.
From patients that seem to come back to life to the weird sh*t that people start seeing and hearing before they die, it’ll make you glad that you’re not working in a hospital wing. But next time you visit someone in the hospital, you may want to keep your eyes peeled.
A Second Time
From user simplesimon6262:
“When I was a student, I got called in on a stroke patient. She had coded and they were doing cpr. They worked for 45 minutes, but she died. They cleaned her up, and called on the family to say goodbye, but by that time the family left. She had been both brain dead and without a pulse for more than 45 minutes. Blood had filled her brain, and she was completely grey and 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 died a second time.”
A Last Meal
From a deleted Reddit user:
“I had an old lady come in by ambulance, near death. 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 death. When you’ve seen enough people die, 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 die.
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.
She 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 dead.”
He’s Real Handsome
From a deleted Reddit user:
“I used to work in a skilled nursing facility, 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 of this man for every night for two 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 the f*ck out. Of course there was no one behind me. She died the next night in her sleep.”
The Same Hallucinations
From user boonedj:
“I work in long-term care currently, where a lot of palliative residents always claim to hallucinate either small dogs or its either children eating ice cream before they die. It’s always facility specific too. One facility I work at I have had about six or seven residents claim to see a little girl eating ice cream, and then they die later that night. I’m going to find that little sh*t, she’s causing me so much paperwork.”
From user Jesspandapants:
“I’m an RN 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. Read her old notes and Bill was her deceased husband.”
From user RNWaitress:
“About two 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 hallucinations, children in the corners of their rooms and auditory hallucinations of religious music.”
From user soberhungry:
“I did my clinical as a CNA in a memory care unit. I helped feed this woman who never really moved, never talked. It was like she was in a coma or something, and I could hardly get any real food in her though I was able to slide in some special ice cream. For days she wouldn’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.
He Sprang Up
From user RapideGT:
“A guy coded in my mother’s ER, and after a while they ceased CPR. A few moments go by and the guy sprung forward, said something unintelligible, and died again. The family was in the room or in the area when it happened.”
What Are You Doing?
From a deleted Reddit user:
“When I took my EMT class [the teacher] said they had a guy that they worked after he had ‘drowned’ said they were in the process of zipping up his body bag as he had been dead for about 15 minutes, and he sat up and asked what they were doing to him. My teacher said that was the closest he ever got to shooting himself. He was a paramedic for 25 years.”
From user ryank_119:
“Night nurse for four years now at an old folk’s home. I had a palliative who couldn’t sleep because of incredibly vivid hallucinations. She would describe voodoo people around her room that would just stare at her waiting for her to die. I didn’t take it seriously until the lady across the hall (who rarely ever spoke) starting seeing them in her room too. Legitimate shivers.”
People Crawling On The Floor
From user runningmoon:
“I was looking after a patient who needed one-on-one care when I still worked at one of the public hospitals. She had vivid hallucinations of people crawling on the floor and touching the feet/legs of anyone not in bed. She went on to describe in great horror story type detail the person she saw touching my feet, while I sat in a chair next to her for part of my shift.”
Sound The Alarm
From user samster338:
“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 die 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 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.”
The Cat Leading Nowhere
From user ajh1717:
“I work in a cardiovascular surgical ICU. We have a lot of f*cked 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/plan ops come look as well. No cat was ever seen or found. Two of those four patients coded the next day.”
Little Boy Ghost
From user Snowwhite88:
“I am a therapist in an acute/long term care facility. We have four 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.”
Two Men Walking In
From user pokfynder:
“I work a stroke/telemetry floor on the bought shift. Most of our patients are elderly. Apparently, there are two things that patients see before they pass away. 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.”
A Tap On My Shoulder
From user beeoakly:
“I work nights 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.
I’ve seen shadows standing over the dying and felt a tap on my shoulder while doing chest compressions so I knew that lady had passed.”
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