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 Medicaid, a public health insurance system for the poor, will pay for a bed in a nursing facility. Jay Newton-small, Time, "How to Keep Alzheimer’s From Bringing About the Zombie Apocalypse," 20 Nov. 2019 Similarly, the coordinator of Health Services could help what is essentially one person overseeing all of the nursing staff for the system, Chief of Schools Cindy McCabe said. Catalina Righter,, "Carroll school board talks possible new positions in school security, health," 18 Nov. 2019 Another issued in April said nursing staff would be issued six-digit PIN codes to access medication in carts, according to copies of internal policies obtained by USA TODAY. Donovan Slack, USA TODAY, "'National tragedy': Surveillance, staffing under review after deaths at VA hospital," 16 Nov. 2019 Do your homework about any prospective skilled nursing facilities. Julie Washington, cleveland, "Tips for a smooth transition to a skilled nursing facility: Health Matters," 3 Nov. 2019 Residents were able to reconnect with the therapy and nursing staff that helped them transition back home. Houston Chronicle, "Treemont honors residents’ rehab accomplishments," 18 Oct. 2019 However, his road to recovery has not been an easy one, after being released from the hospital he was placed in a nursing facility. Lindsay Weinberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Project Runway' Contestant Chris March Dies at 56," 6 Sep. 2019 Her treatment got in the way of being able to see the boy band in person, so Cooley's sister, Maggie Kingston, recruited the nursing staff at Northside Hospital to give her a surprise. Lauren M. Johnson, CNN, "Cancer kept her from seeing the Backstreet Boys, so her sister planned a surprise -- and the band noticed," 27 Aug. 2019 Hiring and training nurses Hospital officials said rebuilding the nursing staff and other parts of their workforce was the top priority once University Medical Center resumed management last summer. Morgan Watkins, The Courier-Journal, "University of Louisville Hospital says it's on mend minus KentuckyOne," 5 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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27 Nov 2019

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“Nursing.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 10 December 2019.

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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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to state or do over again or repeatedly

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