During an appearance on the “Not Skinny But Not Fat” podcast, the real Amy Loughren addressed some of the more notable changes that “The Good Nurse” made to her story, and explained that she actually agreed with a lot of them.
For starters, the real Amy Loughren actually already had healthcare when she met Charles Cullen, while in the movie she is still unable to afford it. Loughren explained that she is supportive of this particular change, as the health insurance she did have was dependent on her contract as a travel nurse, and still could have disappeared at any time. “It was just easier to set it up that way [in the movie] rather than trying to explain the complexities of the way that our health insurance works,” Loughren said.
Loughren went on to address how Cullen’s climactic confession in the diner was much, much longer in real life — admitting that the hours of conversation she had with Cullen that day wouldn’t have translated well to the screen. On top of that, she also claimed that Cullen never actually met her children, unlike in the film. Although this seems to twist the truth a bit too far, Loughren clarified that this was a good change as it helped emphasize the deep friendship she had with Cullen prior to his arrest.
It’s clear that Amy Loughren was overwhelmingly supportive of the numerous changes made to the true story of “The Good Nurse” as she believes they still helped to tell her story in an honest way.