practical nurse
noun Date: 1921 a nurse who cares for the sick professionally without having the training or experience required of a registered nurse; especially licensed practical nurse

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • practical nurse — ☆ practical nurse n. a nurse with less training than a registered nurse, often one licensed by the state (licensed practical nurse or licensed vocational nurse) for certain specified nursing duties …   English World dictionary

  • practical nurse — practical ,nurse noun count AMERICAN a nurse in the U.S. with less training than a REGISTERED NURSE, whose job is to provide ordinary care for people who are sick or disabled: LICENSED PRACTICAL NURSE …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • practical nurse — practical .nurse n AmE someone who has been trained and is allowed to do some of the same work as a nurse, but who has less training than a ↑registered nurse …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • practical nurse — noun a nurse who has enough training to be licensed by a state to provide routine care for the sick (Freq. 1) • Syn: ↑licensed practical nurse, ↑LPN • Hypernyms: ↑nurse * * * noun, pl ⋯ nurses [count] US : a nurse who cares for sick people but… …   Useful english dictionary

  • practical nurse — prac·ti·cal nurse prak ti kəl n a nurse who cares for the sick professionally without having the training or experience required of a registered nurse esp LICENSED PRACTICAL NURSE * * * a person who has had practical experience in nursing care… …   Medical dictionary

  • practical nurse — a person who has not graduated from an accredited school of nursing but whose vocation is caring for the sick. Cf. licensed practical nurse. [1920 25] * * * …   Universalium

  • practical nurse — (Roget s IV) n. Syn. attendant, nurse s helper, nursemaid; see nurse 1 , 2 , servant …   English dictionary for students

  • practical nurse — noun (in North America) a nurse who has completed a training course of a lower standard than that of a registered nurse …   English new terms dictionary

  • practical nurse — prac′tical nurse′ n. a person with less training than a registered nurse whose occupation is caring for the sick • Etymology: 1920–25 …   From formal English to slang

  • practical nurse — one who treats patients, one who aids the authorized nurse …   English contemporary dictionary

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