practical nurse

noun
a person who has not graduated from an accredited school of nursing but whose vocation is caring for the sick.


Origin:
1920–25

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practical nurse prac·ti·cal nurse (prāk'tĭ-kəl)
n.

  1. A licensed practical nurse.

  2. A person who has had practical experience in nursing care but who is not a graduate of a degree program in nursing.

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