Halloween has me in a sit by the campfire and tell some stories kind of mood. If you have been a nurse for any amount of time, then odds are you had a few pop in your head just reading the title! I probably watch way too many horror movies, so I find myself in these “I’m creeped out positions quite often” Reader beware…boooooooo, ahhhhhhhhh, muwhahaha *cough, cough* (clears throat)…okay I’m done, ha!
1) The spooky things people say!
Recently, I was in the ER with my brother. He was diagnosed with pneumonia. For those of you that don’t know my brother is disabled, and he lives with me. The ER found out I was a nurse somehow. I can’t quite remember how, but the jig was up. I wasn’t overbearing either! Really, I always try and stay low key. So, the nurse was taking my brother to his room that he was admitted to. The nurse and I made small talk along the way about nursing and weather. Then he looks at me and goes, “Well, be glad your on the 1st floor.” I looked at him puzzled and grudgingly asked: “okay, why?” He said, “Well, the second floor, right above us, it used to be our psych unit, before it was closed down when the new company took over.” He looked around nervously like he was telling me the secret recipe for KFC’s fried chicken and said: ” a lady hung herself on that floor.” He then let out a small sigh, “you could never pay me enough to work night shift here.” “People say she still haunts that room and you can see her ghost roam the halls.” Then he kept going, ” There are knocks on the walls and doors that open and shut.” I must have had a look of shock and pale because he nervously laughed and said: “But you’re on the first floor, you should be fine!” It was 12:00 am when my brother and I arrived at the unit, Nightshift! We said our goodbyes and he scurried away. My brother was asleep, but every knock, door closing, or shadow, I went under the covers. Maybe, he was trying to get a rise out of me, but honestly, the way he spoke, I think he was serious. Guess, I will never know. I can say I didn’t run out of the hospital screaming in the middle of the night. I never experienced anything. It was still creepy though!
2) I see dead people?!
Have you seen the movie Sixth Sense? Or I like to call it “I see dead people!” Well, this is the direction this tale of nursing is going. I was a new nurse at a long-term care facility. I worked on the floor that had a lot of palliative/hospice care. So most of my clients were at the end stage of life and under comfort measures. I worked night shift and was in my medication round for the morning. I walked into my last client’s room. She was female and had been on comfort measures for a while. When I walked in I was shocked to see her talking up a storm. This was unusual for her. If you asked her a question, she would nod yes or no or point. As her illness progressed, she stopped talking, and that is how she communicated. I looked over at her and said: ” I’m so glad to hear your voice, how are you this morning?!” She never looked at me and continued her conversation. It wasn’t making any sense to me. I leaned over and asked her, as I was giving her medication to her, “is there anything you need?” She came out of her trance and said “no but you might want to ask him.” I looked at her strangely. “Who are you talking about?” Still glancing at me she said, ” well, he won’t go away, so I think he wants something!” I was really confused. “I’m really sorry, but I don’t know who you’re talking about?” She went back to looking where she was initially. She said, “well he is behind you!” My hair stood up on my arms. I didn’t dare look behind me at that moment. She didn’t seem bothered by him just irritated. I finished her medications. I turned on the lights and surveyed the room. I didn’t see anyone. I asked her if she was okay and she shook her head yes. I quickly left the room! She never talked again after that and ended up passing away just a few days later.
Do you have any spooky tales of nursing? If you do, feel free to leave them in the comments section! Also, don’t forget to subscribe to my blog, via email. All the cool kids are doing it! Plus, you get automatic updates from me, crispyfriednurse!
Happy Halloween!! Stay safe!!!