Sign Language Dictionary

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Nurse in Sign Language

Learn how to sign nurse – besides Mommy and Daddy, nobody will take better care of you!

1. First make an N-shape by folding your pointer, middle, ring, and pinky fingers down into your palm and poking your thumb up between the middle
and ring finger.
2. Now take that N-shape, extend out the middle and pointer finger a bit, and tap those two fingers on the wrist of your other hand.
3. This sign looks like a nurse is checking your pulse. It also has N for nurse! Use these cues to help you remember the sign.

Teaching Tips:

  • Play dress up as a nurse and take care of a special teddy. Does teddy need his temperature taken? Or a band aide? The nurse can help! Sign nurse while you care for your furry friend. (Tip – no Band-Aids on furry friends. Put it on their clothes or on plastic parts. They don’t always come off fur very well!)
  • Preschool games that teach about community helpers are lots of fun! Provide costumes for nurses, doctors, etc. in a play area designated as a pretend hospital. Encourage children to use their signs as they play.

Nurse! Just like doctor but an N for nurse taking a pulse. Nurse!