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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Residents do not receive any nursing care or case management services on site. Shawn R. Beals, Courant Community, "State Investigating Complaint At Middletown Residential Care Facility," 10 July 2018 The girl was kept on life support and received nursing care until New Jersey doctors declared her dead on June 22, saying McMath, then 17, died of excessive bleeding after an abdominal operation. NBC News, "'They are not God': Mother of girl declared dead twice criticizes doctors," 9 July 2018 According to Kyodo News, Honda’s future robots will be adapted to tasks such as nursing care. David Meyer, Fortune, "Honda's Trailblazing ASIMO Robot Is Walking Off Into the Sunset," 29 June 2018 To allow people to die more comfortably at home, the program started services like nursing care and a home health aide for people with a life expectancy of six months or less. Reed Abelson, New York Times, "When a Health Insurer Also Wants to Be a Hospice Company," 22 June 2018 Barbara Lumpkin was a relentless supporter of patients, nurses and the nursing profession in Florida. Naseem S. Miller,, "Nursing legend Barbara Lumpkin dies at 81," 13 July 2018 Each of her children took roles that serve those less fortunate through law, financial services, nursing and public health., "Keith and Audrey Dubay," 12 July 2018 Experts point out that the overwhelming evidence of the health benefits linked to nursing — a lower risk for asthma, obesity, Type 2 diabetes, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and ear and respiratory infections — extend to all countries. Susanna Schrobsdorff, Time, "When It Comes to Breastfeeding, This Is Why Women Never Feel Like They’re Right," 12 July 2018 While childcare experts urge mothers to maximize breastfeeding benefits, even shorter nursing durations are beneficial to babies. Rita Giordano,, "Breastfeeding is best for babies, but what about their sleep-deprived parents?," 11 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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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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