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 Additional strikes are planned for May 28 at 13 other nursing homes. Daniela Altimari,, "Lamont sweetens offer in effort to prevent strike at nursing homes in Connecticut. Deal promises higher wages for low-paid workers.," 13 May 2021 On Wednesday, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced Ohio will lift the state mask mandate and all remaining coronavirus health orders except those for nursing homes and assisted living facilities on June 2. Emily Deletter, The Enquirer, "Riverbend, other Cincinnati music venues to return to full capacity this summer, mask optional," 13 May 2021 Workers at 33 nursing homes are ready to strike beginning Friday if demands for better wages, benefits and staffing aren’t met. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Beckoning tourists, evangelical outreach, vaccine sweeteners: News from around our 50 states," 13 May 2021 Doctors offices, hospitals, nursing homes and homeless shelters will also continue to require masks. al, "What new COVID-19 mask guidelines mean for Alabama," 13 May 2021 The federal agency that regulates nursing homes, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), will require facilities to publicly report covid-19 vaccination rates for staff and residents starting May 21. Howard Gleckman, Forbes, "The Federal Government Will Require Nursing Homes to Report Covid-19 Vaccine Rates for Staff And Residents," 12 May 2021 Skilled nursing homes and assisted living facilities, formerly hotbeds for COVID-19 outbreaks, are seeing case rates improve as more seniors get vaccinated. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, "People are still dying from COVID in California despite huge progress. Here’s who they are," 12 May 2021 Mike DeWine announced in a special address Wednesday evening that all pandemic health orders - except those for nursing homes and assisted living facilities - will be lifted in three weeks, on June 2. Laura Hancock, cleveland, "Gov. Mike DeWine says he’ll lift Ohio public health orders on June 2," 12 May 2021 Ohio's announcement comes as the state is also planning to end all COVID-19 health orders on June 2 -- including on mask and social distancing requirements and capacity restrictions -- except in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Meredith Deliso, ABC News, "Ohio will give 5 people $1 million each in COVID-19 vaccine lottery," 12 May 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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15 May 2021

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“Nursing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 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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