registered nurse


Definition of registered nurse

: a graduate trained nurse who has been licensed by a state authority after qualifying for registration

Examples of registered nurse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Remi Graber is a registered nurse who has vaccinated people at mass sites and community health clinics in Rhode Island. ABC News, "CVS, Walgreens waste more COVID vaccine than most states combined, data shows," 3 May 2021 Two weeks later, the 65-year-old registered nurse was back at work. Kaiser Health News, oregonlive, "These health care workers could have retired during the coronavirus pandemic. They risked their lives instead.," 28 Nov. 2020 Patience Cain, an advanced practice registered nurse volunteering with the Texas Medical Reserve Corps, was the sole vaccine administrator, and nine firefighters with the San Antonio Fire Department figured out paperwork and prepared her vaccines. Liz Hardaway, San Antonio Express-News, "'You can't call this population' - Christian Assistance Ministry brings vaccine to San Antonio's homeless community," 8 Apr. 2021 Thompson graduated from Arizona State University in May 2020 and became a registered nurse in July 2020. Megan Marples, CNN, "'Absolutely defeated': Black nurses struggle with mental health support while battling Covid-19," 22 Feb. 2021 Another committee member, Fort Worth GOP Rep. Stephanie Klick, is a registered nurse. Robert T. Garrett, Dallas News, "Push is on in Texas House by GOP member to remove mask mandate, relax COVID restrictions," 27 Mar. 2021 The latest juror, a white woman in her 50s, is a registered nurse. Steve Karnowski And Amy Forliti, Chron, "10th juror picked, lawyers clash over expert in Floyd trial," 18 Mar. 2021 During the Covid-19 pandemic, nurses throughout the country have contacted National Nurses United at a significantly higher rate than before, said Zenei Triunfo-Cortez, a Bay Area registered nurse and president of National Nurses United. Alicia Wallace, CNN, "Here's why 2021 could be a big year for labor unions," 28 Feb. 2021 The pandemic meant a lot of changes for Brooke Olson, a registered nurse at USA Health Children’s & Women’s Hospital in Mobile. al, "Nurse Brooke Olson: We’ll come through COVID with ‘new strength and resiliency’," 8 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of registered nurse

1876, in the meaning defined above

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6 May 2021

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“Registered nurse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of registered nurse

: a nurse who has more training and experience than a licensed practical nurse and who has passed a special exam

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Medical Definition of registered nurse

: a graduate trained nurse who has been licensed by a state authority after passing qualifying examinations for registration

called also RN

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