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Nurse
Homecomingnurse
A nurse from Homecoming
Other names
None
Debut
Silent Hill: Homecoming
Other appearances
Anne's Story
See nurse
Health
Medium
Weapons
Knife, teeth
Attack methods
Melee

The Nurse is the first enemy encountered by Alex Shepherd in Silent Hill: Homecoming, occurring soon after the first transition to the Otherworld.

Appearance

They appear similar to their film counterpart, the Dark Nurses (which borrowed elements from the Bubble Head Nurse), with very deformed and rather featureless faces, short, revealing dresses made of skin, and feet marked by pointed toe white heels. As well, the nurses engage in twitchy movements and an attraction to any source of light or a considerable level of sound, remaining frozen until alerted.

When illuminated by a light source (not the flashlight), a fetus can be seen growing inside their wombs.

Character

Nurses are usually rather easy enemies to overcome, and can be defeated using melee combos with the knife. Later in the game, however, they get significantly more dangerous, being able to use incredibly quick slashes in rapid succession which makes approaching or even escaping them difficult. If a nurse is allowed to continue slashing in this manner, they will relentlessly attack until Alex is dead, even if the player has full health at the beginning of this encounter. Turning off the flashlight will lower the chance of being attacked by a nurse, however, this also hinders Alex as he is often plunged into complete darkness without it. Normally, they are found in groups of three or more.

If the Nurse is stunned and Alex is wielding his knife, the finishing move shows Alex stabbing her twice in her breast and throwing her down to a pool of her own blood.

Symbolism

They may represent Alex's institutionalization in the mental hospital for four years, and his possible suppressed libido and lust. As a young man in a mental hospital, Alex would be prone to no sex life, instead, resorting to fantasies.

In Alex's diary, Alex writes that he believed that the nurses in the military hospital were sexualized to comfort the wounded soldiers. However, because Alex was never actually in the military, these nurses are likely his wishful fantasies to help him cope with his predicament. It is also possible they were the real nurses who nursed him at his mental hospital (presumably Alchemilla).

The food here is terrible. My bed is stiff. There's only one thing that makes it bearable: The nurses. These girls are incredible. They have these pristine white uniforms cut right above the knee, their breasts spilling out from their shirts. Look, I don't want to sound like a dirtbag or anything, I'm just saying I appreciate the military providing us with this one thing to brighten our days. Maybe it's sort of like payback for getting us stuck in this place to begin with. I don't know. All I can say is, "thank you."

Alex also writes that he was once sedated by the nurses, possibly explaining their hostility:

When I woke up, I was screaming. I wasn't sure if I was awake or not, because I was still in the hospital and it was dark. But then the nurses ran in. I couldn't calm down, so eventually they stuck me with a needle and sedated me. That's why all of this is kind of a blur. I'm still a little loopy from the drugs.
NurseFetus

The Nurse's fetus.

The fetuses they carry inside could also symbolize Joshua's birth. Whenever Alex kills a nurse, he is also killing the fetus inside. This may be a subconscious foreshadowing of the repressed memories of Alex killing his brother.

Their pregnancy could also be a symbol of Alex possible desire to impregnate a woman, adding to the game's themes of "family", "lineage" and "tradition".

Trivia

Jiggle

Jiggle physics.

  • The Nurses are equipped with jiggle physics, adding to Alex's possible sexual frustration.
  • When the player kills the first nurse on the Xbox 360 version in the hospital, they will receive the achievement "Alchemilla's Finest."
  • This nurse also made an appearance in Anne's Story, representing Anne Marie Cunningham's refusal to put her father Frank Coleridge in a nursing home after he wound up in a persistent vegetative state. Anne approaches a nurse and says, "I'M taking care of him. He doesn't need a goddamn... nurse." Anne calls her a goddamn whore and a crazy bitch.

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Characters
Main Characters
Alex Shepherd - Joshua Shepherd - Elle Holloway - James Wheeler - Margaret Holloway - Curtis Ackers
Other Characters
Adam Shepherd - Carol Doyle - Lillian Shepherd - Nora Holloway - Sam Bartlett - Joey Bartlett - Martin Fitch - Scarlet Fitch - Travis Grady - Order Soldier - Nash - Robbie the Rabbit
Families
Bartlett Family - Fitch Family - Holloway Family - Shepherd Family
Monsters
Amnion - Asphyxia - Bogeyman - Feral - Lurker - Needler - Nurse - Scarlet - Schism - Sepulcher - Siam - Smog - Swarm
Weapons
12 Gauge Shotgun - BlueSteel Shotgun - Chrome Hammer Pistol - Ceremonial Dagger - Circular Saw - Combat Knife - Crowbar - Fire Axe - Laser Pistol - M14 Assault Rifle - Mk 23 Handgun - Police Marksman Rifle - Pulaski Axe - Steel Pipe
Locations
Alchemilla Hospital - Central Silent Hill - Church of the Holy Way - Dargento Cemetery - Dr. Fitch's Office - Grand Hotel - Hell Descent - Koontz Limited - Lair - Overlook Penitentiary - Rose Heights Cemetery - Salvage Yard - Sewers of Shepherd's Glen - Shepherd House - Shepherd's Glen - Shepherd's Glen Town Hall - Shepherd's Glen Police Station - Silent Hill Docks - Toluca Lake - Toluca Lake Offices - Toluca Lake Water and Power - Toluca River - Dog House
Terms
Bogeyman Knife - Flashlight - Fog World - Map - Monster - Otherworld - Real World - Siren - The Order - Walkie Talkie - Manifestation - UFO Ending - Great Knife - Welcome Sign - Sexuality - Halo of the Sun
Archives
Keys - Puzzles - Soundtrack - Secrets and Unlockables - Items - Memos
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Characters
Anne Marie Cunningham - Murphy Pendleton - George Sewell - Frank Coleridge - Bobby Ricks - Howard Blackwood - John P. Sater - M. Koons - Freddie Gates - Mark Cunningham - Leonard B. Trent
Monsters
Bogeyman - Doll - Leonard B. Trent - Nurse - Prisoner Minion - Screamer - Tormented Soul - Weeping Bat - Wheelman
Locations
Centennial Building - Devil's Pit - Lakeview Hotel - Overlook Penitentiary - Room 302 (South Ashfield Heights) - Ryall State Prison - Silent Hill - Toluca Lake
Terms
Fog World - Monster - Otherworld - Real World
Creators
Tom Waltz - IDW Publishing

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