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 The federal government was also responsible for supplying CVS and Walgreens for a program to vaccinate the residents and staff at nursing homes and long-term care facilities. Richard Tribou,, "Johnson & Johnson vaccine shortage cuts Florida supply next week, down nearly 270k doses," 7 Apr. 2021 In the early weeks of the pandemic, many victims, especially those in nursing homes, were suspected of dying of COVID-19, but testing was limited. Author: Mary Jordan, Kevin Sullivan, Anchorage Daily News, "Biden administration to launch massive funeral assistance program for families hit by COVID-19," 7 Apr. 2021 Mattioli said Lonicki helped with club operations, worked the annual fishing tournament, delivered for Meals on Wheels, gave out Christmas baskets to families in need and ran bingo games at nursing homes. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Escondido man calls on his Kiwanian ‘family’ for a kidney," 7 Apr. 2021 Payment limits would apply throughout the health care system, from wholesalers and pharmacies to physicians, hospitals and nursing homes, according to another bill sponsor, Rep. Rachel Prusak, a Democrat from West Linn. oregonlive, "Oregon prescription drug price control proposal would put the state out front, as legislatures nationally look to tackle costs," 7 Apr. 2021 Seniors in nursing homes had to visit with family through plate glass windows. Allison Hope, CNN, "World Health Day: 5 things the pandemic has revealed about well-being," 7 Apr. 2021 The governor in the past few months has faced massive criticism not only for his personal conduct, but also for his mismanagement of the coronavirus pandemic, leading to thousands of deaths in nursing homes. Nicholas Rowan, Washington Examiner, "Cuomo staffer accuses governor of grooming her prior to groping incident," 7 Apr. 2021 Cases and deaths at nursing homes have almost disappeared, while cases and deaths among older age groups more generally have decreased as well. Alex Putterman,, "Doom or hope? With COVID-19 vaccinations and cases both going up in Connecticut, the message can be muddled," 6 Apr. 2021 Across the city, nursing homes reported nearly 3,500 cases among residents and more than 1,700 cases in employees. Marina Starleaf Riker, San Antonio Express-News, "'As long as you're here, that's all I want': Residents in nursing homes reconnect with loved ones," 6 Apr. 2021

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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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9 Apr 2021

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“Nursing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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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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