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Would You Operate On This Patient? - October 2015 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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1 9 7 O C T O B E R 2 0 1 5 | O U T P AT I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E O N L I N E fear and rage, not to mention the silicon-based brain that's pushing your buttons. For younger nurses: Imagine the panic and dread you'd feel if all the computers went down and you actually had to consult 10 or 15 pages of paper charting for each patient in your care. (Aaaaah!) OSM An old hospital in Little Rock, Ark., where I'm from, was reportedly a hot spot for ghosts. It became a teaching facility when a replacement was built a few miles away. I went to nursing school there (so you know it was really old). We performed our clinical labs in what was once the ICU, and more than once noticed strange noises and rearranged, hidden or disappearing items. One afternoon, while we were waiting for our instructor, some of us got to telling stories we'd heard about the hospital back when it was still in business, about the ghosts and spirits that even now wandered lost in the ICU where we waited. The instructor, who'd entered unnoticed and eagerly listened to one particular tale, stood quietly behind us for a full minute before speaking. That was the day that 20 nurs- ing students were, just for a moment, Hollywood scream queens. — Paula Watkins, RN, CNOR HAUNTED HALLWAYS? Spooky Hospital Enough to Make You Scream Ms. Watkins can be reached at pwatkins12@comcast.net.

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