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"Now see, that didn't hurt a bit. Back to detention!"

The Medic of the school, the School Nurse is the local health professional responsible for providing first aid for injuries sustained during gym class or schoolyard brawls and helping students with their health problems. School nurses administer vaccinations and liaise with government public health agencies. Some school nurses also multitask as student counselors, giving students advice on their personal problems. In a high school, they might hold health care classes (e.g., on alcohol and drugs, sexual health and pregnancy, and healthy lifestyles).

In the world of anime and manga, the school nurse is almost Always Female, twentysomething, and extremely attractive. They tend to do their hair in buns, wear corrective lenses and white labcoats, combining aspects of Hot Librarian, and Hospital Hottie. For most intents and purposes, however, attractive school nurses count predominantly as Hot Teachers, being school staff over a librarian, scientist or physician.

In Western productions, however, the reverse is often true. In these works, the school nurse is middle-aged, rather ugly, and generally grumpy about having to take care of so many snot-nosed brats (very similar to the lunch lady). Comedy works often portray her as something akin to a Torture Technician, using all sorts of excuses to poke, prod, and jam needles into our plucky protagonists. Much of this portrayal is a homage to Nurse Ratched from One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

The school nurse is often the other part of a Two-Teacher School, and perhaps due to the aforementioned counselor associations she tends to be the one on closer terms with the school-aged main cast, serving as a Psychologist Teacher, Reasonable Authority Figure and/or a Cool Big Sis.

With budget cuts to schools and increasing worries about liability over treatment provided to students, the school nurse is at risk of becoming a Dead Horse Trope, at least in North American schools.


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    Films — Live-Action 
  • Nurse Specks from Sky High (2005). Naturally, her superpower is x-ray vision.

  • The Chalet School has one matron through most of the series, known as "Matey", who is mostly tough but fair. In one book, she is replaced by a much nastier matron.
  • Madame Pomfrey from the Harry Potter series, who mixes the archetypes above. She may be older, and grumpy about the kids hurting themselves, but she also clearly cares about the children she treats.
  • There's a children's picture book called The School Nurse from the Black Lagoon. The narrator hears all sorts of things about the school nurse (incidentally named Ms. Hearse), then has to go to the nurse himself. It turns out that although the nurse is indeed named Ms. Hearse, she is pretty and very nice.

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    Video Games 
  • The spinstery old nurse in Bully stalks around the school, muttering under her breath about how much she hates children.
  • Male example: Mr. Ekoda from Persona 3, that creepy guy who also gives lectures on magic. Don't take his medicine (unless you need to build Courage).
  • Kyoko Minazuki from Rival Schools, who later doubles as Justice High's chemistry teacher.
  • Yandere Simulator: Akademi High has two over the course of the game- Nasu Kankoshi, the normal nurse, and Muja Kina, her substitute during the 6th week. Nasu is a side character whose primary purpose is to prevent Ayano from easily getting her hands on various drugs, but Muja Kina is a rival for Senpai's affections.

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  • Keiko from Zoophobia (though technically she's the school doctor and Chasetopher is the nurse (which inverts the Always Female aspect of this trope).

    Western Animation 
  • The Amazing World of Gumball has one named Joan Markham, who is a band-aid.
  • Bob's Burgers: In "Lice Things are Lice", Tina volunteers with her school's nurse, who turns out to be a little unstable when she becomes convinced the students of Wagstaff School have become infested with "super-lice". Then it turns out Nurse Liz made the whole thing up so she'd have something to brag about at her next school reunion.
  • The Generic Cuteness of this trope is grossly subverted in South Park, where South Park Elementary's school nurse has a conjoined twin fetus attached to her face.
  • At Camp Lazlo, Nurse Leslie, a male shark (nurse shark, get it?) who for some reason never gets off from his chair.
  • Code Lyoko: Yolande Perraudin.
  • Sheena's Aunt Shelly is P.S. 118's school nurse in Hey Arnold!.
    • In "Rhonda's Glasses," a bit of an aversion to the Hospital Hottie stereotype occurs when Nurse Shelly tries to make Rhonda feel better about her diminished social status:
      Rhonda: Nothing's going to make me feel better when I'm wearing these awful glasses. It's just not fair - I'm the coolest girl in class, I give the best slumber parties, and I have the most stylish and up-to-date clothes!
      Eugene: (to Nurse Shelly) Rhonda is all about style.
      Rhonda: And then overnight, I turn into a geek, and you and Sheena are feeling sorry for me - all because of the horrible glasses? I can't take it!
      Nurse Shelly: Oh, dear, it's a lot of pressure being the coolest girl in class. I know - when I was your age, I was the coolest girl in class...
      Rhonda: (looks up at the glasses-wearing, somewhat matronly Nurse Shelly and screams in horror)
  • Nurse Bendy in Moral Orel, who also happens to be the school principal's mistress. She also is sometimes seen working at Moralton's hospital. For a given definition of 'work' anyway.
  • My Gym Partner's a Monkey has Nurse Jacqueline Gazelle.
  • My Little Pony: Equestria Girls: The Forgotten Friendship special reveals Nurse Redheart's human counterpart working as Canterlot High's school nurse.
  • The Oblongs' nurse is a mutant freak with a metal torture device for a hand. Fortunately it dispenses lollipops too!
  • The Simpsons: Lunchlady Doris (definitely not a Hospital Hottie) often doubles as nurse at Springfield Elementary.
    • Somewhat lampshaded in that she's usually "promoted" to nurse by Springfield Elementary's recurring budget problems.
    • At Kamp Krusty, the nurse looks like a meaner, uglier of Lunchlady Doris. She smokes as she works and strikes a match on a kid's cast.
  • In Swiss-French animation Titeuf, the older boys are a whisper away from puberty and just on the cusp of getting uncomfortable about their school nurse, the improbably endowed "Double-Airbags".note  Even at ten or eleven, they manufacture excuses to visit the nurse without quite being fully aware of why.