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Haunted Hospitals

Haunted Hospitals

Haunted Hospitals

Here is a chilling list of haunted mental institutions, hospitals and asylums

where horrific abuse and even murder took place.

Below are current stories shared by real nurses. Maybe you’ve worked in a haunted hospital!

Haunted Hospitals

Wet Footprints

It was a cold and rainy night in the old victorian style hospital up on the hill. At two am, even the air inside smelled wet and a small handful of staff were quietly seated at the nurse’s station in the locked behavioral health unit. Suddenly one of the aides asked “Did you hear that?” Everyone strained to listen but didn’t hear anything. They started talking again quietly. This time they all heard it -a knocking sound followed by a moan. 

Then the elevator stopped on their floor, a key only locked elevator. No one was inside and no one had called it to the floor. One of the nurses cautiously walked over to peer inside. On the floor of the elevator were …… unmistakable wet shoeprints!

Haunted OR

At the old hospital I worked at we had an abandoned OR. It was like everyone just left one day and never came back. Names and surgeries still on the white boards on the doors, everything. One of the ORs was actually used by a surgeon to commit suicide. I was told that at a 2am when the surgeon actually killed himself you can try to open the door but it won’t open. I worked dayshift and had been in and out of the old ORs many times. When I switched to night shift I decided I had to check it out. Low and behold I walk up to the door at 2 am and I push and push and there was no getting into that room. Although intrigued, I was super freaked out!

Ghost Husband

On the unit I was working on a lady coded. After running the code for awhile, they were able to get her heart beating again. She sat up in bed and scanned the roomful of people then asked “Where is my husband? He was just here a minute ago.” Her heart stopped again and she could not be revived. Her husband had been dead for years.

The Faucet

After I got back from maternity leave I was on my break pumping. When I was just about done the faucet across the room turned on all by itself full blast.

Tele Monitor

When your patient passes away and you turn off the monitor and “discharge” them out of the monitor system, but then the monitor turns itself on and you see a run of V tach. That’s happened a couple of times in the ICU.

It would keep happening despite us disconnecting the patient and keeping on “discharging” the patient from the monitoring system. So we pulled out the tram to actually shut it down.

Voices That Aren’t There

I’ve heard my name called.. thinking it was my co worker needing help in a near by room.. only to find out they weren’t near by at all and they weren’t calling me.

The Ivy Plant

One thing I remember was one of those huge ivy plants in the residents living room. All the leaves….and there were hundreds of them started going up and down in complete unison. Not the stalks, no wind….etc. 20 of us saw it! Went on about 4 minutes. I don’t understand how spirits can do such a thing…

Red Baseball Hat

At my LTC there was a little boy with a red baseball hat employees and patients saw often. Patients would leave blankets outside for him in the winter. Apparently he was a patient many years ago. That LTC was named most haunted in Georgia. Employees on night shift would quit!

Call Light

Hello from Australia. I went to work on a night shift walking down corridor to nurse station for handover. Buzzer goes off in room 4 so I pop my head in. No-one there window open. Patient has passed away and body had just been taken to mortuary.

Baby Crying

I worked in a hospice unit that was once labor and delivery rooms. Many of our patients talked about wanting to hold the baby that was in the next room crying.

Previous Resident

I had a resident call normally once a night to ask us to please get the man out of her chair and room. No one was

in there. No one was out of bed. There was a man who lived in that room before the new resident moved in. Furniture would also be moved. No, the resident living in the room could not of moved it. 

From SYS Admin

In my training hospital, an old victorian building, with annexes and additions sprawling over a large site, when we needed a bag of blood, we had to collect the lab key and go across to the path labs, a seperate building. Ideally it would be 2 of you, but often on nights it would be 1. There was usually a lab technician to do a preliminary check & sign it out of the lab fridge, with you. So one night, night nurse goes to the lab alone, no technician in the building. So she takes the blood bag and starts to complete the sign out register.

Just then one of the Night Nursing Officers [Nurse Manager ], turns up & says hello, I see you are alone, I can check the transfusion bag with you. So they checked it, she signed it as the RN, thanked him and took the blood back to the ward. Her colleague did the mandatory check and the bag was hung. They sat down and the nurse who’d collected the blood, said to her colleague, oh yes, I saw Mr Smith, the Night NO, in the lab, he checked the bag out with me. So her colleague looks at her puzzled, and says, are you sure it was Mr Smith???. Nurse says yes. Her colleague says, but it cant be he died about a month ago, he had an MI on duty!

Black Shadow

We have a “black shadow.” Multiple people have seen it and within days of seeing it we have residents pass. It’s usually on the hall where the residents room is.

My friend told me about a black shadow at nursing home she used to work at. The same thing would happen.

I didn’t believe it at first and then I thought I had seen it a few times and then we had some weird stuff happen on one of our halls and I was getting ready to leave and had told the on coming shift to keep an eye on that Hall and before I left I saw it for sure and the next day my favorite resident passed.

Haunted Room

I work in a peds hospital on the ortho floor. We have 42 beds. We had a patient in one of our rooms at the end of the hall. The parents called out saying someone was talking to them through the tv but it was off. The next day they said the room was cursed and they wanted a new room. That was in 2015. This last October we had a patient that said someone was in their room in (same room as before) This time the soap dispenser in the bathroom fell off the wall. But not straight to the floor, it flew across the bathroom. It was mounted next to the door the nurse found it next to the toilet and the tub.

Kids Running in the Hall

Last place I worked was a rehab for after falls/surgeries/etc. One night, 2 separate rooms that had 2 beds each in them, all 4 patients complained about the kids running in the hall and in their rooms. Mind you, no kids and it was 2 o clock in the morning. The next night, I was sitting at the nurses station and over the counter I see 2 little heads bopping up and down, I got up to look and no one was there

Do those give you the chills?? Or do you think it’s all imagined?

Best wishes,

Nurse Beth

Author “Your Last Nursing Class: How to Land Your First Nursing Job..and your next!” 

Come visit me at Ask Nurse Beth  career column at for all kinds of  entertaining and informative career questions and answers, and to submit your own question :) 


About Beth Hawkes (146 Articles)
Nice to meet you! I'm a Nursing Professional Development Specialist in acute care, a writer, speaker and career columnist.

1 Comment on Haunted Hospitals

  1. Nurses working with glioblastoma patients experience some really tragic situations. My friend, Bonnie, wanted to help a dying patient that was worried about what to do with her car, a new Mustang II. Bonnie needed a car and agreed to take over payments and became the owner of a haunted car. The radio on the little Mustang somehow became the medium for the patient’s spirit. It would start playing “Don’t Fear the Reaper” by Blue Oyster Cult at random moments even with the car’s ignition off. Bonnie frequently offered me a ride home, but after hearing that forlorn song on her radio, I walked. I started to write a post about the experience but thought it was too spooky. Strange things really do happen around dying patients and nurses have a front row seat.

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