Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice

[Etymology for the word nurse]

SÖVÉNYI Ferencné, FEDINECZNÉ VITTAY Katalin

DECEMBER 15, 2021

Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice - 2021;34(6)

[Auothors review the etymology and semantics of the Hungarian word for ’to nurse’ and ’nursing’. The Hungarian word ’ápol’ originally meant to kiss, to caress, from which it developed over time into meaning ’to care for in sickness or in distress’. It is maintained that the activity denoted by the word ’ápol’ [nurse] must always be characterised by gentle and affectionate attention and devotion.]

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