Nurse Law and Legal Definition

Nurse is a person formally educated and trained in the care of the sick or infirm. The practice of nursing as a registered professional nurse is defined as diagnosing and treating human responses to actual or potential physical and emotional health problems, through such services as casefinding, health teaching, health counseling, and provision of care supportive to or restorative of life and wellbeing, and executing medical regimens as prescribed by a licensed or otherwise legally authorized physician or dentist.

A woman who has the general care of a child or children is called a dry nurse and a a woman employed to suckle an infant is called a wet nurse.