nurs·​ing | \ ˈnər-siŋ How to pronounce nursing (audio) \

Definition of nursing

1 : the profession of a nurse schools of nursing
2 : the duties of a nurse proper nursing is difficult work

Examples of nursing in a Sentence

She has been employed in nursing for several years now.
Recent Examples on the Web Yet here Sale has been, idle for the longest stretch of his professional life, nursing back to health a left elbow that seemed destined for the surgeon’s knife, all the while letting the rest of his lanky 6-foot-6-inch frame rest up too. Tara Sullivan,, "Red Sox need Chris Sale to be Chris Sale again," 16 Feb. 2020 Briggs said Orbis launched in 2003 with an eye on the national nursing shortage. Laura Garcia,, "UIW creates fast-track nursing degree program," 14 Feb. 2020 Mahoney attended the New England Hospital for Women and Children’s rigirous 16-month program at the age of 33 and went on to become a private nurse, as the discrimination in the public nursing sector was too much for her. Asia Ewart,, "These Black Women Changed The Course Of History In The Past 150 Years," 11 Feb. 2020 The $6 million skilled nursing, rehabilitation and long-term care expansion added 22,000 square feet to the facility, which includes a physical therapy gym with state-of-the-art equipment. John Benson, cleveland, "Village of the Falls completes $6 million expansion, hosts Feb. 13 open house," 10 Feb. 2020 The nation is facing a nursing shortage that will grow unless schools get government help to maintain faculty. Cassidy Morrison, Washington Examiner, "A shortage of nurses made worse by a shortage of nursing-school teachers," 6 Feb. 2020 The Stranger, by episode three, has established its shadowy world, in which everyone's nursing dark secrets and only the enigmatic John-Kamen, always ducking out of sight before anyone can figure out hers, can bring them wriggling into the light. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "What to watch (and skip) in theaters and on Netflix this weekend," 31 Jan. 2020 Many airports nationwide already have up-to-date nursing rooms. Cassie Shortsleeve, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Primer to Breastfeeding and Pumping While Traveling," 29 Jan. 2020 That’s what has motivated Keesey to pursue nursing. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Marquette University student, inspired by her own nurses in cancer battle, pursues nursing degree," 26 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of nursing

circa 1533, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of nursing was circa 1533

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20 Feb 2020

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“Nursing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of nursing

: the job of taking care of people who are sick, injured, or old



Medical Definition of nursing

1 : the profession of a nurse schools of nursing
2 : the duties of a nurse proper nursing is difficult work

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