nurs·​ing | \ ˈnər-siŋ \

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.

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Responsibility fell to his sisters, a homemaker and a nursing student. Eun-young Jeong, WSJ, "A Perilous Journey to Escape Kim Jong Un’s North Korea," 20 Dec. 2018 Alice Tattersall, a 28-year-old nursing student, said. Sarah Kliff, Vox, "Seattle’s radical plan to fight big money in politics," 5 Nov. 2018 Zarutskie, a 19-year-old nursing student and Instagram model from Laguna Beach, California, had been swimming with nurse sharks when one bit her arm and started to drag her under the water last month. NBC News, "Shark attacks California Instagram model in Bahamas," 9 July 2018 Numerous drivers stopped at the scene of the accident to help the family, including Sarah Eagle, an East Carolina University nursing student. Alexis Stevens, ajc, "Cobb County family devastated by crash that kills youngest siblings," 20 June 2018 Rushed to a hospital, the 24-year-old nursing student was transferred to a trauma center; her injuries to the face would require surgery. Brian Chasnoff, San Antonio Express-News, "Witness account of assault contradicts officer’s," 15 June 2018 Assailant Khamzat Azimov, a nursing student, killed one person and wounded others in the attack near the Garnier Opera house., "French Government Says Attack Foiled, Egyptian Man Arrested," 18 May 2018 Far from that outdated stereotype, a black nursing aide or Latinx cashier is now as accurate an example of a working-class individual as a white truck driver. Kim Kelly, Teen Vogue, "What the "Working Class" Is, and How It's Politicized," 13 Dec. 2018 Its health center has 60 nursing beds, 22 memory support units and 41 assisted living units. Audrey Mcavoy, The Seattle Times, "Hawaii retirement home clarifies assisted suicide rules," 13 Nov. 2018

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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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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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