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 Until late last week, that included transferring patients — 57 so far — to other nursing homes and even to homeless shelters. Heather Knight, San Francisco Chronicle, 3 Aug. 2022 The number of new coronavirus outbreaks reported at worksites, nursing homes and homeless settings have all also declined. Los Angeles Times, 3 Aug. 2022 Masks are still required in medical establishments (such as hospitals and nursing homes) and still worn in a large number of pharmacies. Alex Ledsom, Forbes, 2 Aug. 2022 Chakalos had made a fortune building and renting nursing homes. Rebecca Rosenberg, Fox News, 2 Aug. 2022 This includes health care jobs like those in hospitals, nursing homes and doctors' offices. CNN, 29 July 2022 The company employed nurses and nursing assistants to provide patients with compounded ,prescriptions as well as needle and catheter method medications ordered by their physicians, the department’s news release said. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 28 July 2022 So, officials decided to eliminate the four-year degree requirement for thousands of those jobs — from parole agents to information technology specialists to nursing assistants — becoming the first state to do so. oregonlive, 4 July 2022 Workforce shortages are also at critical levels across myriad positions in U.S. hospitals, including hospitalists, intensivists, lab technicians, nursing assistants, and environmental service workers. Peter Pronovost, STAT, 28 June 2022 See More

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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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7 Aug 2022

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“Nursing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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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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