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 33 nursing homes received strike notifications Friday. Jessika Harkay,, "Workers at 33 Connecticut nursing homes prepared to strike beginning May 14 as they fight for better wages, health care," 30 Apr. 2021 The site also rates physicians, nursing homes, hospice and home health companies, as well as other providers. Carrie Teegardin, ajc, "Grady, Wellstar Atlanta get only 1-star rating from feds," 30 Apr. 2021 The pandemic gave her the opportunity to reconnect with the center, pouring her time into working the drive-through and participating in outreach projects to deliver food to nursing homes and low-income areas of Los Angeles. Luca Evans, Los Angeles Times, "Crescenta Valley’s Mia Barnett realizes she has nothing to lose," 30 Apr. 2021 Opening up nursing homes to outside visitors as soon as possible, too, may have more than purely social and psychological benefits. James Hamblin, The Atlantic, "A Year Without Germs," 30 Apr. 2021 The change applies to all adults except those in nursing homes, assisted living facilities or other group care settings. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Firefly lottery, vaccine exemptions, data breach: News from around our 50 states," 29 Apr. 2021 Just as Dee had warned her family, James found that the nursing homes really were failing to comply with infection control protocols and lacked the protective equipment to treat patients safely. Tiana Lowe, Washington Examiner, "Andrew Cuomo’s worst nightmare," 29 Apr. 2021 The change doesn’t apply to residents and employees of nursing homes and other long-term housing facilities. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland, "Deadline fast approaching for new proposed Ohio redistricting change: Capitol Letter," 28 Apr. 2021 Federal agencies sent personal protective equipment to nursing homes and hospitals hit hard by the virus, with little left over for a family practice in rural Alabama. al, "24,000 health care workers in Alabama contracted COVID-19," 27 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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3 May 2021

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