a person who has not graduated from an accredited school of nursing but whose vocation is caring for the sick.
- Compare licensed practical nurse.
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How to use practical nurse in a sentence
She toiled as a waitress to support the boys, and later became a licensed practical nurse.
Some one person must be responsible for them and when possible this person should be either a trained nurse or a practical nurse.Campward Ho! | Unknown
Supposedly she has a job as some sort of a practical nurse in a hospital right now.Warren Commission (9 of 26): Hearings Vol. IX (of 15) | The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
She liked the work better than sewing, and upon her release she persuaded several doctors to recommend her as a practical nurse.Emma Goldman | Charles A. Madison
Trained nurses get thirty and forty dollars a week and a practical nurse gets seven or eight, and works harder.The Girl Scouts Rally | Katherine Keene Galt
"I think it will be best to send you a practical nurse," he said, as he took his departure.Pretty Madcap Dorothy | Laura Jean Libbey