5 Great Apps for Nurses to Make Their Lives Easier
If you’re reading this, chances are you have a smartphone and probably have used it for work communication or to find information on a treatment. In the right hands a smartphone can be an extremely powerful tool to help you do your job better but of course, will never replace your knowledge and experience. Here are some great apps that we think will help you make your life easier.
Figure 1 (http://www.figure1.com) is known as the Instagram of the medical world where healthcare professionals and nursing students can check out interesting and sometimes gruesome pictures of medical cases and discuss them with other professionals in many different specialties. Since you are looking at real patient images Figure 1 has made patient privacy a priority and makes sure all identifying information is removed from images. Figure 1 is available for free on App Store and the Google Play Store.
Epocrates (http://www.epocrates.com) is one of the best drug reference apps out there with prescribing and safety information on thousands of brand, generic and OTC drugs. Lexicomp and Micromedex Drug Information are also good options but before you buy anything you should find out which drug reference the hospital you work at uses because a lot of hospitals have codes for staff and students to get the mobile version for free. Epocrates is available on the App Store and Google Play Store.
NCLEX Mastery (http://www.nclexmastery.com) these apps (RN and PN versions) are among the best for nursing students preparing for the NCLEX exams with thousands of practice questions with rationales and pictures as well as comprehensive lists of NCLEX mnemonics for quick memorization all built within a gorgeous interface. They also guarantee 200% of your money back if you buy the full version of the app and attend an accredited U.S. nursing school. NCLEX Mastery is available on the App Store and Google Play Store.
E-Kare (https://www.tissue-analytics.com/) This new app allows you to take pictures of a patient’s wound and compares the image to previous images of the wound in order to track the healing process. The app also has a powerful algorithm that analyzes the images providing recommendations on treatments that can augment your diagnosis. You can sign up for a free trial at tissue-analytics.com.
NurseGrid (http://nursegrid.com) NurseGrid is designed to meet all the needs of personal nurse scheduling with an intuitive easy-to-use calendar but the best aspect may be the social feature that allow you to connect with colleagues that also use the app to share calendars in order to easily swap shifts and communicate more effectively. The app also allows you to set reminders for when you need to renew your credentials and licenses. NurseGrid is available for free on the App Store.
Bonus: Tips to using your smartphone smartly
- Remember to always respect patient confidentiality
- Be safe by password protecting your phone
- Stay off unsecure Wi-Fi networks
- Clean/disinfect your phone
- Know the right time to use your phone especially in front of a patient
Let us know what apps help you do your job better!