The Good Nurse: Real Person Behind the Netflix Story Explored!

Oct 28, 2022 @ 9:39 GMT-0500
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The Good Nurse: Real Person Behind the Netflix Story Explored!

Many Reddit users want to know about the real person of all the characters on Netflix's The Good Nurse as the movie is based on a true story. It shows how Charles Cullen, a serial killer, was able to utilize his position as a medical professional to murder patients at a string of hospitals while he was still protected by organizations that were more concerned about potential lawsuits than needless human deaths.

The Good Nurse, a Netflix original film, tells the story of serial killer Charles Cullen, who used his position as a medical worker to murder patients at a series of hospitals while remaining protected by institutions that were more concerned with potential lawsuits than unnecessary patient deaths.

It's directed by Tobias Lindholm, written by 1917 screenwriter Krysty Wilson-Cairns, and based on journalist Charles Graeber's book of the same name. It also stars Eddie Redmayne as Charles Cullen and Jessica Chastain as Amy Loughren, the world's most improbably good-looking ICU nurse.

On The Good Nurse, Amy is an overworked nurse at Somerset Medical Center's intensive care unit in New Jersey who is relieved when Cullen (Redmayne) arrives to share the load, and the two bond in the quiet isolation of the graveyard shift. Cullen begins giving Loughren rides home and entertaining her two young daughters, but her suspicions are aroused when the police begin investigating a string of ICU patient deaths at the hospital.

Loughren eventually provides the police with the information they require to apprehend Cullen and is instrumental in convincing her colleague to confess to at least some of the deaths he was responsible for.

Previously, we touched on Eddie Redmayne's American accent.

The Good Nurse: As Many Reddit Users Wanted to Know, Here Is Everything We Know About the Real Person From Which the Characters Are Based as the Show Is Based on a True Story!

While The Good Nurse tells the true story of serial killer Charles Cullen, the title actually refers to Amy Loughren, the other nurse in the story. She worked alongside Cullen at Somerset Medical Centre in Somerville, New Jersey, and went undercover in order to lead to his arrest in real life.

They were actually close friends who worked many late nights together in the intensive care unit of the facility. As a result, many Reddit users have been curious about the show's real person and wanted to know more about them. Well, let's get started.

Charles Cullen

In The Good Nurse, Eddie Redmayne plays the character of Charles Cullen, the infamous serial killer. He was arrested in December 2003 after confessing to investigators his heinous crimes. According to, Cullen murdered terminally ill patients by injecting lethal cocktails of heart and insulin medicines into IV fluid bags, turning off ventilators, and medicating patients without their consent or under the supervision of a doctor. He was eventually sentenced to death but accepted a plea deal after confessing to killing 22 people in New Jersey and seven in Pennsylvania.

Cullen is currently serving 11 life sentences in protective custody at the New Jersey State Prison in Trenton, according to The New York Post. According to the Department of Corrections, his earliest parole date in the state of New Jersey is June 10, 2388.

Amy Loughren

In real life, Amy Loughren (@amythegoodnurse) developed a friendship with Cullen while working long nights in the ICU and even introduced him to her children at the time. She eventually assisted detectives and investigators in solving the case of Cullen's heinous actions.

The film concludes with Loughren, her grown children, and her grandchildren having relocated to Florida. According to Jessica Chastain (@jessicachastain) (who plays Amy Loighren), she also served as a resource for the film and was on set.

Loughren's official website reveals that, in addition to being a nurse, she has held a variety of other jobs requiring a variety of skill sets. She has written, "I am now a Reiki Master, a Hypnotherapist, an NLP Practitioner, a Meditation Instructor, a DreamSculptor Practitioner, a Reconnective Healer, an Integrative Energy Healer, a Past Life Regressionist, a Crystal Language Reader, a Medical Intuitive, and I learned 'The Work' from Byron Katie."

Tim Braun

Detective Tim Braun had been in law enforcement for 23 years when he joined Danny Baldwin and Amy Loughren in their investigation of Charles Cullen's murders. He'd received nearly 50 departmental awards by that point, and the "good nurse" case was his final major case before retiring in 2005.

That same year, he began working as a consultant for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), where he is still a law enforcement liaison.

Danny Baldwin

During the Cullen investigation, Danny Baldwin worked in law enforcement and investigated approximately 150 homicides, the majority of which he successfully closed. He collaborated with detectives Tim Braun and Amy Loughren to solve the case and eventually convict Cullen of his heinous crimes.

Baldwin has since earned a Master's Degree in Administrative Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University and worked as an Adjunct Criminal Justice Professor at Brookdale Community College from 2008 to 2011. Likewise, he is an Investigative Consultant for NCMEC and a Private Detective with his own firm, Baldwin Consulting & Investigations, as of January 2022.

Mary Lund

Mary Lund, a real-life risk manager, is said to be the inspiration for Kim Dickens' Linda character. There don't appear to be many photos of Lund on the internet if any at all. However, her LinkedIn profile shows that she is still employed at Somerset Medical Centers as Vice President of Quality and Risk Services.

According to The Cinemaholic, she was a risk manager and Danny Baldwin's liaison while Charles Cullen committed his crimes at Somerset. The outlet also claims that after speaking with Dr. Steven Marcus, the then-director of the New Jersey Poison Control, Lund reported four unnatural deaths to the New Jersey Department of Health.

The Good Nurse is currently streaming on Netflix.

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