Phil Re has a passion for helping others and being a source of joy, which he channels into his work as a registered nurse at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center and as campus Spider-Man.
Re, an Ohio State alum, said after watching the movie “Spider-Man,” starring Tobey Maguire, he became fascinated with the character. In particular, he said he now lives by a line from the film, “With great power comes great responsibility”, which inspired him to wear the costume.
Although he doesn’t wear the costume on his visits to the medical center, Re said he wears it on campus to perform random acts of kindness and meet new people. He said he also wore it to football games on occasion.
Nichole Dowell, a registered nurse at the medical center, said she was one of Re’s preceptors — a licensed clinician who supervises nursing students during their clinical rotations. She said Re loves what he does and is passionate and caring about his patients.
“He’s just obsessed with Marvel stuff,” Dowell said. “I also think his personality comes through in all of this, like I think he’s really, I mean, nursing is definitely the right profession for him.”
Re has also been featured on television stations such as Fox 28 News in Columbus and most recently on “Good Morning America” Monday.
Ben Bohman, a registered nurse at the medical center, said he’s known Re since his freshman year in college and loved seeing his impact. He said he was particularly impressed with how humble Re remained despite all the attention he received.
“I think it’s really great that Phil is being recognized for this because there’s something he hasn’t done to get attention,” Bohman said.
Bohman said that since there weren’t many men in nursing, he and a group of other male students would sit together during class and call each other “murses,” short for nurses. Having first got to know Re in this lecture group, Bohman said it was Re’s attention to detail and caring attitude that led him to become Ohio State’s superhero. .
Re said he plans to continue dressing as superheroes, hoping to contribute to the well-being of patients through social media posts for the medical center as well as his PageInstagram.
“The world is a crazy place right now, and you have to take it as it is and roll with the punches,” Re said.