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.

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The 30,000 square-foot-spa is a must for nursing any hangovers—and healing those sore muscles. Leena Kim, Town & Country, "5 Luxury Destinations for a Mother-Daughter Trip," 9 May 2019 The goal was to lure people into professions like teaching, nursing or public-interest law, where pricey degrees are the ticket of entry but wages typically aren’t high enough to pay them off. ... Michelle Hackman, WSJ, "Program to Relieve Student Debt Proves Unforgiving," 7 May 2019 Lumpkin was born in Ohio and earned her nursing degree in 1958. Naseem S. Miller,, "Nursing legend Barbara Lumpkin dies at 81," 13 July 2018 Breast pumps for nursing mothers are another area experiencing a surge of innovation — with quite a price tag. Ciara Phelan, Allure, "What Is Femtech, and Is It the New Pink Tax?," 22 Apr. 2019 Philip Esformes, the 50-year-old owner of more than 30 Miami-area nursing and assisted-living facilities, was convicted of money laundering and conspiracy to defraud the U.S. and paying and receiving health-care kickbacks, among other charges. ... Patrick Thomas, WSJ, "Health-Care Executive Tied to Admissions Scandal Found Guilty in Separate Fraud Case," 5 Apr. 2019 Richard Newton showed promise in practice but redshirted his freshman season while nursing a shoulder injury. Mike Vorel, The Seattle Times, "Washington opens spring football this week. These are the top story lines to watch.," 1 Apr. 2019 Her daughter is now a sophomore nursing student at Seattle Pacific University. Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, "Remember, It’s Their College Years, Not Yours," 16 Mar. 2019 By the end of 2017, Ayorinde had an associate of science degree and an associate of applied science in nursing degree from Waubonsee. Sarah Freishtat, Aurora Beacon-News, "After losing home, Aurora woman graduates from Waubonsee," 3 July 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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a sum of money that is sent as a payment

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