Movie & TV Nurses
The Time-Traveling Adventures of “Outlander”
The nurse heroine is transported from World War II to 1743 (and back again)
Other than the occasional period piece, TV shows featuring nurse characters tend to be set firmly in the here and now. Not so with “Outlander,” the popular STARZ series based on the historical fantasy-adventure novels by Diana Gabaldon, which takes its nurse heroine from World War II to the 18th century (and back again).
The Magic Stones
When “Outlander” begins, it’s 1945, six months after V-E Day, and former British Army nurse Claire Randall (played by Irish actress Caitriona Balfe) and her husband Frank (played by Tobias Menzies) are on a second honeymoon in Inverness in the Scottish Highlands.
Through an encounter with a strange band of local Druid women, Claire touches some magical stones and is transported back in time to the year 1743.
There, she becomes involved in a local uprising against the Jacobite British — whose troops are led by an ancestor of Frank’s — as she tries to find a way to return to where she started. (Since the show recently completed its sixth season, you can guess things won’t be that simple.)
Claire is a veteran combat nurse, so she’s no shrinking violet, and she takes her 20th century medical knowledge back with her to the 1700s. That makes for some culture shock, as she gets only quizzical looks from the locals when asking for antiseptic to clean a wound.