Florence Nightingale Effect

The Florence Nightingale Effect is a psychological complex where people who are entrusted with the care and wellbeing of vulnerable patients begin to form a romantic attraction and often erotic attraction towards their charges. Medical workers, such as nurses, are typically at risk, and it is a form of psychological countertransference. The effect can also occur in patients who see medical workers as their protector and then develop feelings for them. It was named after nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale.

The Florence Nightingale Effect is referenced in the movie Back to the Future, in fact spurring a major plot point, when Marty McFly's mother Lorraine becomes entranced with Marty instead of his father George after Marty is hit with Lorraine's father's car instead of George.

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