practical nurse

noun

Definition of practical nurse

: a nurse who cares for the sick professionally without having the training or experience required of a registered nurse especially : licensed practical nurse

Examples of practical nurse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The executive order Kelly issued Wednesday suspends requirements that doctors supervise physician assistants, advanced practice practical nurses and licensed practical nurses. USA TODAY, "Fast food jam, virtual Derby, mask seizures: News from around our 50 states," 24 Apr. 2020 Marguerite Culley, a practical nurse, and Elizabeth Beatty, a retired secretary, began making deliveries of food, medicine and schoolbooks to the sick. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "A century before coronavirus, Arizona was a haven for people fleeing another fearsome disease," 11 May 2020 Tamera Witherspoon, a 41-year-old licensed practical nurse who logged 50-hour weeks at the center, said staffing shortages were also a problem. Anchorage Daily News, "Hundreds of nursing homes with cases of coronavirus have violated infection control rules," 19 Apr. 2020 Tamera Witherspoon, a 41-year-old licensed practical nurse who logged 50-hour weeks at the center, said staffing shortages were also a problem. Anchorage Daily News, "Hundreds of nursing homes with cases of coronavirus have violated infection control rules," 19 Apr. 2020 Tamera Witherspoon, a 41-year-old licensed practical nurse who logged 50-hour weeks at the center, said staffing shortages were also a problem. Debbie Cenziper, Washington Post, "Hundreds of nursing homes in areas with outbreaks have repeatedly violated infection control rules," 17 Apr. 2020 Crumpacker, a licensed practical nurse, and Talimao work in the same unit. oregonlive, "10 residents from Southeast Portland nursing home dead from coronavirus, employees say," 11 Apr. 2020 Sutherland, 37, was a licensed practical nurse who has since surrendered his license. Stephanie Innes, azcentral, "Former doctor to Hacienda patient surrenders his medical license," 14 Nov. 2019 Sutherland, 37, was a licensed practical nurse who has since surrendered his license. Stephanie Innes, azcentral, "Former doctor to Hacienda patient surrenders his medical license," 14 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of practical nurse

1921, in the meaning defined above

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“Practical nurse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/practical%20nurse. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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practical nurse

noun

English Language Learners Definition of practical nurse

US : a nurse who cares for sick people but does not have as much training or experience as a registered nurse

practical nurse

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prac·​ti·​cal nurse | \ ˈprak-ti-kəl- How to pronounce practical nurse (audio) \

Medical Definition of practical nurse

: a nurse who cares for the sick professionally without having the training or experience required of a registered nurse especially : licensed practical nurse

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