practical nurse

noun
|Updated on: 8 Aug 2018

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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First Known Use of practical nurse

1921

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PRACTICAL NURSE Defined for English Language Learners

practical nurse

Definition of practical nurse for English Language Learners

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


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practical nurse

noun prac·ti·cal nurse \ ˈprak-ti-kəl- \

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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