A nurse is a person who provides medical care. He or she also assists doctors.

  • Before I saw the doctor, the nurse took my blood pressure and asked me questions about my physical and mental health.
  • During the operation, several nurses assisted the surgeon.
  • The health care system in the United States is in need of many more nurses, now and in the future.
  • The abbreviation for a registered nurse is RN; the abbreviation for a licensed practical nurse is LPN.
  • Nursing is a good profession for people who really want to help other people. (The word "nursing" is a gerund in this sentence.)


The word "nurse" can be used as a verb.

simplepastpast participle
  • The patient was nursed back to health. (This sentence is in the past tense, passive voice.)
  • Brian is nursing a broken arm. (He’s taking care of his own arm that is broken.)
  • Women nurse their babies. (In this case, to nurse means to provide breast milk.)

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November 16, 2015