If you were about to do medieval battle against infectious miasmas armed with only a lantern, a rudimentary concept of personal hygiene, and a beak full of smelly herbs and flowers, you'd want a second-in-command who's got your back. And your front. And whatever other body parts you're worried about, which is probably all of them.
This Plague Nurse was designed by fan request as a counterpart for the Plague Doctor squishable. The side of the lantern has been swapped so the two can hold hands. Rest assured, they would only do so after washing those hands extensively.