• The American Trained Nurse
    The American Trained Nurse
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v nurse try to cure by special care of treatment, of an illness or injury "He nursed his cold with Chinese herbs"
    • v nurse give suck to "The wetnurse suckled the infant","You cannot nurse your baby in public in some places"
    • v nurse maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings) "bear a grudge","entertain interesting notions","harbor a resentment"
    • v nurse treat carefully "He nursed his injured back by lying in bed several hours every afternoon","He nursed the flowers in his garden and fertilized them regularly"
    • v nurse serve as a nurse; care for sick or handicapped people
    • n nurse a woman who is the custodian of children
    • n nurse one skilled in caring for young children or the sick (usually under the supervision of a physician)
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Additional illustrations & photos:

He gin the nurse strict orders He gin the nurse strict orders
sheepdog nursing puppies sheepdog nursing puppies
Nurse, Baby, & Cat Nurse, Baby, & Cat

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There are some hospitals in Shanghai that have issued a rule that a nurse must wear lipstick while on duty
    • Nurse (Naut) A lieutenant or first officer, who is the real commander when the captain is unfit for his place.
    • Nurse (Zoöl) A peculiar larva of certain trematodes which produces cercariæ by asexual reproduction. See Cercaria, and Redia.
    • Nurse (Zoöl) Either one of the nurse sharks.
    • Nurse One who nourishes; a person who supplies food, tends, or brings up; as: A woman who has the care of young children; especially, one who suckles an infant not her own. A person, especially a woman, who has the care of the sick or infirm.
    • Nurse One who, or that which, brings up, rears, causes to grow, trains, fosters, or the like. "The nurse of manly sentiment and heroic enterprise."
    • Nurse To bring up; to raise, by care, from a weak or invalid condition; to foster; to cherish; -- applied to plants, animals, and to any object that needs, or thrives by, attention. "To nurse the saplings tall.""By what hands [has vice] been nursed into so uncontrolled a dominion?"
    • Nurse To caress; to fondle, as a nurse does.
    • Nurse To manage with care and economy, with a view to increase; as, to nurse our national resources.
    • Nurse To nourish at the breast; to suckle; to feed and tend, as an infant.
    • Nurse To nourish; to cherish; to foster
    • Nurse To take care of or tend, as a sick person or an invalid; to attend upon.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Mice will nurse babies that are not their own
    • n nurse A woman who nourishes or suckles an infant; specifically, a woman who suckles the infant of another: commonly called a wet-nurse; also, a female servant who has the core of a child or of children.
    • n nurse Hence, one who or that which nurtures, trains, cherishes, or protects.
    • n nurse One who has the care of a sick or infirm person, as an attendant in a hospital.
    • n nurse In the United States navy, a sick-bay attendant, formerly called loblolly-boy.
    • n nurse The state of being nursed or in the care of a nurse: as, to put out a child to nurse.
    • n nurse In horticulture, a shrub or tree which protects a young plant.
    • n nurse In ichthyology, a name of various sharks of inactive habits, which rest for a long time or bask in the water. A shark of the family Scymnidæ, Somniosus or Læmargus microcephalus. It is common in the arctic and subarctic seas, and attains a length of 20 feet; it has a robust body, the first dorsal fin far in advance of the ventrals, the upper teeth narrow and the lower quadrate, with horizontal ridge ending in a point.
    • n nurse A blastozoöid. See the quotation.
    • n nurse In brewing, a cask of hot or cold water immersed in wort. See the quotation.
    • n nurse A nurse-frog.
    • nurse To suckle; nourish at the breast; feed and tend generally in infancy.
    • nurse To rear; nurture; bring up.
    • nurse To tend in sickness or infirmity; take care of: as, to nurse an invalid or an aged person.
    • nurse To promote growth or vigor in; encourage; foster; care for with the intent or effect of promoting growth, increase, development, etc.
    • nurse To caress; fondle; dandle.
    • nurse To Cheat.
    • nurse Synonyms Nourish, etc. See nurture, v. t.
    • nurse To act as nurse; specifically, to suckle a child: as, a nursing woman.
    • n nurse In entomology, one of the worker-ants or worker-bees whose function in the colony is to care for the young brood.
    • nurse In billiards, formerly, to make a number of consecutive caroms, as rapid as dainty, off (balls) held but an inch or two apart. In addition, nursing now comprehends perhaps 65 per cent. of the scientific manœuvering imposed by the balk-line games. Until straight-rail play was developed in 1876–78, adroit players sought to do all their caroming at either end of the table. It was so with all the exceptional runs. Straight-rail play was quickly frowned upon, and end-play came into use again; but the ‘anchor’ (see anchored, 4) which was developed was abolished even more quickly than the straight-rail. Three maxims underlie all of modern billiards not played for diversion: never drive the second object-ball; drive the first no oftener than is urgently needful; and make the cue-ball's journeys as short as possible.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Grey's Anatomy (the medical book most every doctor, nurse, biologist, etc. is trained on in most every university) was compiled using detailed pictures of dead Jews that Hitler and the 3rd Reich experimented on, most of which where dissected while still alive. Although the medical community knows this fact, they continue using the book due to its detail and real-life pictures.
    • n Nurse nurs a woman who nourishes an infant: a mother while her infant is at the breast: one who has the care of infants or of the sick:
    • v.t Nurse to tend, as an infant or a sick person: to bring up: to cherish: to manage with care and economy: to play skilfully, as billiard-balls, in order to get them into the position one wants
    • n Nurse nurs (hort.) a shrub or tree which protects a young plant
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  • William C. Bryant
    William C. Bryant
    “Difficulty, my brethren, is the nurse of greatness --a harsh nurse, who roughly rocks her foster-children into strength and athletic proportion.”
  • Clara Barton
    Clara Barton
    “I may be compelled to face danger, but never fear it, and while our soldiers can stand and fight, I can stand and feed and nurse them.”
  • Olive Schreiner
    “We were equals once when we lay new-born babes on our nurse's knees. We will be equal again when they tie up our jaws for the last sleep.”
  • Henry Ward Beecher
    “God appoints our graces to be nurses to other men's weaknesses.”
  • Jeremy Taylor
    “Habits are the daughters of action, but then they nurse their mother, and produce daughters after her image, but far more beautiful and prosperous.”
  • Dorothy Canfield Fisher
    Dorothy Canfield Fisher
    “Some people think that doctors and nurses can put scrambled eggs back into the shell.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. nourse, nurice, norice, OF. nurrice, norrice, nourrice, F. nourrice, fr. L. nutricia, nurse, prop., fem. of nutricius, that nourishes; akin to nutrix, -icis, nurse, fr. nutrire, to nourish. See Nourish, and cf. Nutritious
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. norrice (Fr. nourrice)—L. nutrixnutrīre, to nourish.


In literature:

I will have two military men nurses and some more people from the village to help.
"'My Beloved Poilus'" by Anonymous
She employs two trained nurses, a day nurse and a night nurse.
"Mary Louise Solves a Mystery" by L. Frank Baum
When you are suffering, she is the tenderest of nurses.
"Fairy Fingers" by Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
The baby must not be disturbed while nursing, nor should he be jounced or carried around after nursing.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Vol 2 (of 4)" by W. Grant Hague
She nurses them, she scolds them, she preaches to them, and they take it from her when they won't take it from us.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Nurses-in-training live in a nurses' home which is one of the hospital buildings.
"The Canadian Girl at Work" by Marjory MacMurchy
I didn't nurse him on Addison's place; I nursed him at his father's house up on Main Street, after I come here.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves, Arkansas Narratives, Part 4" by Work Projects Administration
A woman five children and a nurse were seated round the room.
"Daisy Ashford: Her Book" by Daisy Ashford
Now, you could just as well be twenty miles back, nursing in a hospital.
"Young Hilda at the Wars" by Arthur Gleason
If nurse said, "Miss Penelope, you are not to move or you will wake baby," then nurse knew that Penelope would not stir.
"Girls of the Forest" by L. T. Meade

In poetry:

I watched her while she read to me,
As children watch their nurse,
Until my being throbbed to hear
This solitary verse:
"On Reading Ballads" by Arthur Graeme West
'And God be withee, Kirsty, my son,
Whair thou sits on thy nurses knee!
But and thou live this hundred yeir,
Thy fathers better thoult never be.
"Johnny Armstrong (original)" by Anonymous British
Dear Nurse of Thought, calm chaos-brooding dove,
Thee, Silence, well I love;
Mother of Fancy, friend and sister mine,
Silence, my heart is thine.
"Silence" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
All the while they talked together
They deemed alone they were,
But the false nurse ever stood close without,
And nought thereof she failed to hear.
"Hafbur And Signy" by William Morris
"And God he with thee, Kirsty, my son,
Where thou sits on thy nurse's knee!
But an thou live this hundred year,
Thy father's better thou'lt never be.
"Johnnie Armstrang" by Andrew Lang
Long I nursed in my heart the love,
Love which felt, but dared not tell,
Till, I scarcely know how or when—
It found wild words,- and all was well!
"Rose In The Garden" by Horatio Alger Jr

In news:

A Doctor of Nursing Practice prepares nurses for career advancement .
Viola Thomas from Willow Trace Nursing Home in Butler has won the title of Ms Alabama Nursing Home Association 2012.
(AP) — The state nursing home in Milledgeville is set to close by the end of next year, sending 127 severely disabled patients to smaller community nursing facilities in the state, officials said.
MILLEDGEVILLE — Officials say the state nursing home in Milledgeville is set to close by the end of next year, sending 127 severely disabled patients to smaller community nursing facilities in the state.
Diefenbacher spent her life as a nurse in Stark County and Scherer journeyed as a nurse in the Navy.
"They contacted us and said we can not only get a school nurse but a nurse practitioner," said Gwinn Area Community Schools Superintendent, Michael Maino.
Primary Care Nursing Role and Care Coordination: An Observational Study of Nursing Work in a Community Health Center.
She entered the Charity School of Nursing Program at Delgado Community College on her way to her dream of becoming a nurse.
In the past 50 years, more than 19,000 nurses have earned their degrees from Miami Dade College, making MDC the largest local provider of nursing education.
Nurses at Peninsula Regional Medical Center are being honored with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, a national program to recognize the outstanding efforts of nurses in their daily work.
Three Susquehanna Health nurses recently were recognized as recipients of the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses.
Alison Farley, nurse with the Susquehanna Health Home Care and Hospice Nurse Family Partnership, was selected after being nominated by fellow staff member Michele Brague.
The program offers a doctoral degree for nurses at the highest level of nursing practice.
According to Schultz, the body that accredits advanced practice nurses said by 2015, nurse practitioners or clinical nurse specialists would not be accredited unless they have a doctorate degree.

In science:

Finally, software for this messaging system allows the user to select from the provided templates, what the user wanted to say to his guardian or to his physician or nurse.
Eye-GUIDE (Eye-Gaze User Interface Design) Messaging for Physically-Impaired People
Nurse, A measurement of the inclusive z/γ ∗ → µ+µ− cross section and study of W and Z events in p ¯p collisions at D0.
Diffractive Higgs production: theory
Smith Blancett, S., Flanagin, A. and Young, R.K. (1995), “Duplicate publication in the nursing literature”, Image: ]ournal of Nursing Scholarship, Vol. 27 No. 1, pp. 51-56.
On the prevalence and scientific impact of duplicate publications in different scientific fields (1980-2007)
Smith Blancett, S., Flanagin, A. and Young, R.K. (1995), “Duplicate publication in the nursing literature”, Image: ]ournal of Nursing Scholarship, Vol. 27 No. 1, pp. 51-56.
The impact factor's Matthew effect: a natural experiment in bibliometrics
Beuscart-Zéphir M-C, Pelayo S, Anceaux F, Meaux J-J, Degroisse M, Degoulet P. Impact of CPOE on doctor-nurse cooperation for the medication ordering and administration process.
Usability testing: a review of some methodological and technical aspects of the method