- plegen = to act/do (only in specific contexts), e.g.
- overleg plegen = to consult/to have a meeting
- misdaad plegen = to commit (do) a crime
- pleegkind = foster kid
- pleegouder = foster parent
- verplegen = to nurse
- de verpleegster = the female nurse
- kunde = science/knowlegde/being able to
- natuurkunde = physics (lit. nature science)
- scheikunde = chemistry (lit. splitting science)
- meetkunde = geometry (lit. measure science)
- bouwkunde = building physics
- verpleegkunde = study to become a nurse (lit. nursing science)
- verpleegkundige = nurse
You'd usually say "Krankenschwester" in german (which basically means "sister taking care of the sick", still from the times where nuns would do this job). But of course a politically more correct word would be "Pflegefachkraft" which basically is the same as this dutch word. Now let's say they work in kids' intensive care and you got a "Kinderintensivpflegefachkraft". If we now say its a specific field as well... you get it.