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A new varmint has entered the arena. I spotted her as she, somehow, moved through a wall. Clad in bandages that tell an untold tale of something horrid. This...nurse as it seems, brings me new angst during my lonely nights, as my mind runs amok.
~ Benedict Baker on The Nurse.

Sally Smithson, better known as The Nurse, is one of the playable killers in the horror game Dead by Daylight. She was once an innocent nurse that worked at a horrendous asylum for twenty years only to end up insane herself.

She was voiced by Anais Renevey.


Sally Smithson originally lived with her husband, a lumberjack named Andrew. After his death on the job, Sally accepted a job doing the night shift at the Crotus Prenn Asylum. Despite this helping her stay afloat, the job only offered years of abuse carried out by the people there while also seeing nightmarish sights. Eventually, she snapped, killing fifty patients and four staff members. Having gone insane herself, she was originally planned to be transferred to a hospital, but the ambulance used as transport crashed. Everyone inside were dead, with The Nurse vanishing. She later worked for The Entity, killing Survivors for it.

The Cleansing of Crotus Prenn


Powers and Abilities

  • Teleportation: The Nurse has the ability of Spencer's Last Breath, allowing her to pierce through the Spirit World in order to teleport (or "blink") over distances and thus ignore any of the environmental defenses Survivors have. However, the Nurse suffers great pain with every blink and will enter a brief state of fatigue after using her power. Another one of her weaknesses is Lightburn, a technique that burns certain killers by shining a flashlight directly onto it, stunning them--a technique that only works on The Nurse and The Wraith.
  • Bonesaw Wielding: The Bonesaw is her weapon, a rusty weapon for tearing through flesh and bone. Using it, she teleports, slashes, carries victims, and hooks them for sacrifice to The Entity.


  • The Nurse's Memento Mori has her flipping the survivor onto their back, mounting their chest and savagely strangling them to death. Once done, she tenderly strokes their face before standing up.
  • According to Dave Richard, she and The Wraith have "something going on".
  • The Nurse was the first DLC Killer to be released in Dead by Daylight.
  • The Nurse was the first female killer to be released in Dead by Daylight.


           Dead by Deathlight logo.png Villains

Original Killers
The Trapper | The Wraith | The Hillbilly | The Nurse | The Hag | The Doctor | The Huntress | The Clown | The Spirit | The Legion (Frank Morrison | Julie Kostenko | Joey | Susie Lavoie) | The Plague | The Oni | The Deathslinger | The Blight | The Twins | The Trickster | The Artist | The Dredge

Guest Killers
Michael Myers | Leatherface | Freddy Krueger | Amanda Young | Danny Johnson/Ghostface | Demogorgon | Pyramid Head | Nemesis T-Type | Pinhead | Sadako Yamamura | Albert Wesker

Chatterer | Look-See | Mordeo | Baba Yaga | Krampus | Minotaur | The Birch | Armored Titan | War Hammer Titan

James Sunderland | Alessa Gillespie | Kenny Ackerman | Eren Yeager | Annie Leonhart

Backstory Characters
Original Characters
The Entity | Archie MacMillan | A. Azarov | Otto Stamper | Mr. Yamaoka | Henry Bayshore | The Black Vale

Crossover Characters
Drayton Sawyer | Nubbins Sawyer | John Kramer | Maria | Vecna | Brian Irons | Frank Cotton | Butterball | Female Cenobite | The Engineer