When your life is in danger, who do you trust the most? Healthcare professionals are the constant pillar of any existing society. And even the slightest crack can cost lives. Death is inevitable, but what if it is stimulated? What if the most trusted hands are the threat?
From the dimly lit hallways to the silent beep of the end of life, the trailer creates suspenseful horror. No jumpscares, no Nun or Anabelle; it’s the human terror that is the scariest. But an even more frightening factor is lurking that questions our system. Let us find out what it all meant!
The series starts from the Point of view of the new nurse at the Nykøbing Falster Hospital in Denmark. As a single mother, Pernille Kurzmann is determined to work with integrity and honor her oath as a healthcare professional. She soon befriends a resident nurse, Christina Aistrup Hansen, who is admired by all. Seeing her as a mentor and a friend, Kurzmann follows Hansen closely in hopes of learning from her.
However, with a twisty turn of events, the microscope of morality shows the darkest side of humanity. The series unfolds the diabolical killings of vulnerable victims by the one they handed their lives to.
How did the serial killer manage to take so many lives under secured premises?
How was she caught?
Was Pernille Kurzmann considered a hero or a whistleblower?
Watch The Nurse on Netflix for answers to a complex story, streaming now.
Is The Nurse Based On a True Story?
As a new fear unlocks, The Nurse is based on a true story. The chronicles are recorded in the book The Nurse – Inside Denmark’s Most Sensational Criminal Trial by Kristian Corfixen.
The hospital was perplexed by unexplainable series of deaths. Hansen would usually be the first one to respond to the urgent code. But unbeknownst or unsuspected by many, she was the one who caused the patient to go under cardiac issues as she administered lethal doses of Morphine and Diazepam.
There was a definite pattern, evident neglect, specific timing, and unwarranted deaths. Then why was the case unraveled by a new nurse rather than the management? Other nurses expressed similar prior suspicions about Hansen only after the case was exposed.
This case is not about a mere crazy serial killer; it’s about systemic ignorance and improper “internal investigation.”
After the grueling uncover by Pernille Kurzman, one would think her name is on the wall of fame. Instead, her colleagues isolated her, and the system tagged her as a “whistleblower.”
Where Are ‘The Nurse’ Christina Hansen and Pernille Kurzmann Now?
- After days of investigation and solid evidence, Christina Hansen was arrested on the charges of the murders of Anna Lise Poulsen, Arne Herskov, and Viggo Holm Petersen, and also for the attempted murder of Maggi Margrethe Rasmussen.
- And the month-long court trial with over 70 witnesses proved her guilty on all charges, and she was sentenced to life imprisonment.
- Also considering other medical factors for patients’ deaths, the court then convicted her on four counts and reduced her sentence to 12 years in 2017. She is serving in a Danish prison and will be released by 2028.
- Her medical license to practice as a nurse was permanently revoked.
- Pernille Kurzmann suffered through severe backlash from her co-workers and was isolated with the fear that she would accuse them of harming the patients too. Yet, she persevered with her job and still works at the Nykøbing Falster Hospital.
Some Possible Psychological Theories Behind ‘The Nurse’
The official forensic evaluation concluded that Hansen was suffering from Histrionic personality disorder. This disorder is characterized by a person who seeks attention. As seen in the series, she was a popular nurse and was truly admired by her patients. The incessant need to always be the hero in the public eye was the driving motive to commit heinous crimes and then be the “savior.”
Munchausen syndrome-by-proxy is a similar psychological condition where the person tries to seek sympathy by subjecting the people under their care to false illnesses. Hansen could probably be seeking sympathy for her relentless efforts to “save” her patients but to no avail.
Jolly Joeseph, a similar true crime case from Kerela, was responsible for six deaths over 14 years. Her need to be seen as a quintessential good wife led to her committing serial killings.
What Else to Watch If You Liked ‘The Nurse’
- The Good Nurse on Netflix follows a similar storyline, starring Jessica Chastain and Eddie Redmayne.
- Run (2020) movie starring Sarah Paulson, harps on the syndrome-by-proxy psychological disorder and delivers a gripping thriller about a daughter’s escape from her own mother.
So, have you watched this series?
What’s your review? Will you ever go to the lengths to expose a crime or turn a blind eye? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.