scrub nurse


: a nurse who assists the surgeon in an operating room

Examples of scrub nurse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Minka worked as a scrub nurse while modeling and acting on the side, getting her first big break on NBC's Friday Night Lights. Emily Krauser, Peoplemag, 2 May 2023 The other simulation had to do with whether a scrub nurse delivered the correct surgical tools to the operating room before the operation. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 23 Feb. 2021 William Stewart Halstead, the first surgeon-in-chief at Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins Hospital, was taken with his scrub nurse, Caroline Hampton. Jennifer Barger, National Geographic, 7 July 2020 Mary Dellinger, the scrub nurse to Lefrak's right, handed him scissors. oregonlive, 5 Oct. 2019 The scrub nurse’s eyes rest on the box for a long time. Longreads, 31 May 2018 Engineers at Purdue University are thinking even bolder—designing mechanical scrub nurses that respond to hand gestures during surgery. Pm Editors, Popular Mechanics, 10 Dec. 2012 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1927, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of scrub nurse was in 1927

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“Scrub nurse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition

scrub nurse

: a nurse who assists the surgeon in an operating room
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