A nurse was an independent health care practitioner who, along with a doctor, was responsible for an individual's health and well-being.
Nurses also may have held the position of chief medical officer on a starship if no doctor was available. (TAS: "The Lorelei Signal")
Dr. Leonard McCoy found nurses easier to work with than other doctors, remarking that another doctor would "argue every little diagnosis with me" (Star Trek: The Motion Picture)
IN 2293, Commander Pavel Chekov "drafted" three journalists as nurses to help care for the injured El-Aurian refugees in the unstaffed sickbay of the USS Enterprise-B. (Star Trek Generations)
The Bajoran farmer Mullibok called Kira Nerys his nurse when she cared for him after he was shot by a Bajoran phaser. (DS9: "Progress")
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