The Nurse Season 1 Episode 4 Recap and Ending Explained

April 27, 2023 (Last updated: last month)
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This article contains major spoilers the ending of The Nurse Season 1, particularly the events depicted in The Nurse Season 1 Episode 4.

The Nurse, not to be confused with The Good Nurse, is a four-part Danish miniseries streaming on Netflix. Adapted from the book of the same title by Kristian Corfixen and directed by Kasper Barfoed, it tells the true story of newly graduated nurse Pernille Kurzmann Larsen, who begins to suspect that a celebrated senior colleague, Christina Aistrup Hansen, might be killing her patients.

Throughout the series, Pernille begins conducting her own investigations into Christina, a beloved nurse in an insular community. Much of the drama comes to a head in the final episode.

The Nurse Season 1 Ending Explained

How does Christina get caught?

The turning point is a patient named Maggi, whose condition continues to inexplicably worsen. Pernille catching Christina injecting her with something is the smoking gun she needs. By countering the diazepam that she has been injected with, Maggi is eventually stabilized.

Christina congratulates Pernille for saving Maggi, but she knows she has been caught in the act. Despite having turned the room alarm off she was still caught and being caught caused her to leave a job half-finished, allowing Maggi to be saved. This proves to be the beginning of Christina’s downfall.

Does Pernille go to the police?

With her suspicions confirmed, Pernille contacts the police with proof of Christina’s crimes.

Christina is sentenced to life in prison for the murder of three victims and the attempted murder of another, though the sentence is eventually reduced to 12 years when it can’t be conclusively proved that the victims didn’t die from other causes.

For turning Christina in Pernille is initially treated like a pariah at work, but she’s one of the only ER nurses working at the hospital during the time who remained there. In fact, she still works there to this day.

This information is mostly dispensed in a postscript at the end of the finale.

You can stream The Nurse Season 1 Episode 4 exclusively on Netflix. What did you think of the ending of The Nurse Season 1? Let us know in the comments below.

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1 thought on “The Nurse Season 1 Episode 4 Recap and Ending Explained

  • April 30, 2023 at 4:43 am

    I watched episode 1, and vaguely remembered this killer nurse from earlier shows that featured this criminal nurse. I honestly couldn’t watch episodes 2 and 3, and did a fast forward to the last 15 minutes of episode 4. This series is so heart wrenching that I couldn’t tolerate watching it play out. But the last 15 minutes were gratifying. I think it sucks that the mentally ill killer nurse isn’t committed to a mental institution for life. What she has isn’t curable. When she’s out of prison, her mental illness will drive her to another source for her “next fix”, maybe as a nanny to unsuspecting professional people. The acting on this series was excellent. It’s worth watching if this is your first experience with The Killer Nurse scandal.

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