The School Nurse Files

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Fun, zany Korean series has violence, cursing, and some sex.

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Positive Messages

Friendship, loyalty, and the desire to save others are themes. 

Positive Role Models

Ahn Eun-young is quirky, independent, strong, and selflessly fights off monsters to save the school without thinking twice about it. Hong In-pyo has a disability, and helps Eun-young as much as he can. The high school kids are often silly, inappropriate, or reckless things, but there are usually consequences. 


Jellies can range from sticky blobs to violent creatures that want to cause harm. The death of a parent is mentioned. Bloody injuries are visible, and young people are put in scary situations. A toy sword that lights up, and a bb gun with special pellets, are the weapons of choice in this series. Many of the violent moments are more comical than scary. 


Some innuendo, including flirting and making out. Occasionally jellies engage in some odd, seemingly sexual behavior.


Strong words like "hell," and curses like "s--t" and "f--k" are frequently used. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The School Nurse Files is a South Korean series (dubbed in English) about a fearless (albeit quirky) female lead fighting monsters to save the people around her. There's some fantasy violence, large scary creatures, and a toy sword and a bb gun that end up serving as dangerous weapons. There are also bloody wounds and dangerous consequences that put young people in harrowing situations without knowing it. Strong words like "hell," and curses like "s--t" and "f--k" are frequently used. 

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What's the story?

Based on the popular South Korean novel School Nurse Ahn Eun-young, THE SCHOOL NURSE FILES stars Jung Yu-mi as Nurse Ahn Eun-young, a school nurse who has the ability to see monsters. Eun-young has had the the power to see strange creatures, known as jellies, since she was a child. She knows that many of them co-exist with us peacefully, and can even appear from the beyond. But there are also jellies that pose a threat to humans, and must be defeated. Now the nurse at a new school, Eun-young wields a toy sword and a bb gun, both of which have special, but limited powers to fight them off. But when she realizes that one of the teachers, Hong In-pyo (played by Nam Joo-hyuk), has the ability to recharge her weapons during battles, she knows she has an ally.  

Is it any good?

This entertaining drama/comedy borders on the absurd as it presents a world filled with strange dangers that only its main character can see. There are lots of intense moments as dangers to the school are uncovered, some of which are more harrowing than others. But the odd impact the jellies have on people are often more comical than scary. 

Adding to the fray is Eun-young’s quirky personality, which is both likable and eccentric. This, coupled with the wide-range of gelatinous creatures randomly appearing unbeknownst to everyone around her, also makes it fun. Overall, The School Nurse Files is a unique and entertaining series that’s easy to get caught up in. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about monsters in media. Why do you think so many shows and movies focus on the idea of monsters. How long have people been telling these kinds of stories? 

  • The series is from South Korea, but it presents universal themes that make it understandable across cultures. What are they? Are there themes that aren't as easily understood by international viewers?

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