As a nurse or nursing student, it’s true that you value your time. It’s ingrained in you to strive for efficiency and to be as productive as possible since your schedule is usually packed and your time is of the essence!
Here are a few tech tools to help you keep on track, stay connected and access knowledge right at your fingertips:
Evernote is note-taking and research management app. It’s available on most mobile platforms and also web browsers. In this app, you can create notebooks and add bookmarks within those notes. You can also use the dictation feature on the iPhone for voice to text and save time. The app works well with the web browser version, plugins and desktop. No matter where you create your notes, they are all synced to your account so you can access them on any platform. Use together with Evernote Peek for studying and Pentultimate for handwritten notes and drawings.
This app is available for iOS and Android for free. The NCSBN Flashcard app is a straightforward app that allows you to have a medication library with names, uses and effects right in your pocket. You can also group the medications into common categories to help you learn faster. This is a great app for students who are preparing for exam time or as a quick reference for nurses.
The NCLEX is another great study app for those preparing to write the NCLEX for RNs. There is also a PN version. With a money-back guarantee, it’s difficult to ignore this app. The full version includes the following: 1,600 NCLEX questions and illustrations, 350 pharmacology questions, practice questions, test statistics and study tactics. There is a free version that is a good place to try out the interface of the app before you invest in the full version. The NCLEX Mastery is available for iPhone and iPad.
NurseGrid is an app that was developed by nurses and technology entrepreneurs. It helps manage the scheduling process. You can view who you’re working your shift with, communicate with other nurses and schedule for different worksites. It benefits nurses, nurse managers and facilities, too.
The Pill Identifier app is a searchable database which includes more than 24,000 Rx/OTC medications found in the U.S. The app allows you to search by imprint, drug name, shape and color and then provides information about the drugs, including images.
PEPID offers different versions for different professions, including nurses. Use this app as a drug and clinical resource. Take information with you and have it anytime, anywhere, on any device. Check drug interactions, take and share notes with colleagues and read new protocols from administrators. Students can use this app as a complete resource guide for coursework, labs and clinical practice. This app is subscription-based and a subscription starts at $215 for one year.
Busy nurses and students, keep these apps in mind and give them a try to help you stay on the top of your game and knowledge at your fingertips! What are your favorite nurse apps?