a person who has not graduated from an accredited school of nursing but whose vocation is caring for the sick.
Compare licensed practical nurse.
Origin of practical nurse
First recorded in 1920–25
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Medicine definitions for practical nurse
[ prăk′tĭ-kəl ]
A licensed practical nurse.
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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