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practical nurse

a person who has not graduated from an accredited school of nursing but whose vocation is caring for the sick.
Origin of practical nurse
1920-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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practical nurse prac·ti·cal nurse (prāk'tĭ-kəl)

  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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