Being a nurse means dedication to patient safety and well-being 24/7. Being a nurse also means knowing a lot of things. However, when you're a nurse on the move, you can't carry around medical books to help you when you need it.
Luckily, a smart phone in your pocket filled with mobile apps comes to the rescue.
These mobile apps have several uses. There are apps to help nurses study for exams, stay organized amidst the chaotic shift, stay up to date with medical knowledge and terminology, and create and establish patient care plans.
Mobile apps for nurses can help improve workload efficiency and enhance the experience for the patients. Here, we listed some of the most popular.
NCLEX-RN Exam Prep App
The first step in becoming a nurse is to successfully complete an accredited nursing degree. The NCLEX exam, also known as the National Council Licensure Examination, is a standardized exam in the U.S. used to determine whether or not a candidate is prepared for entry-level nursing practice.
NCLEX-RN Exam Prep app is a mobile learning and exam preparation tool using 'short quizzes' approach, which is a more efficient way for nursing students to prepare for their NCLEX exam than reading page after page in a textbook.
Current 2017 Edition is available for free download. This free version, however, is limited and contains 74 questions with detailed answer explanations.
825 total practice questions and detailed rationales, as well as exam builder, are available after in-app purchases for $7.99 and $9.99.
NCLEX-RN Exam Prep app is available on Android and iOS.
NCLEX RN Mastery App
NCLEX RN Mastery is another app that prepares you for the NCLEX exam, providing over 1,800 practice questions, quizzes, mnemonics, and strategies.
However, this number of questions isn't available after you download NCLEX RN Mastery app on your Android or iPhone for free.
You would be able to use a limited free version of the app that includes a limited amount of practice questions and basic progress metrics.
Users can choose to upgrade to Standard Version with a one time, in-app purchase for $19.99 that includes access to additional practice questions, must-know terminology, and detailed progress metrics.
The Premium Version with an in-app purchase for $39.99 includes lifetime access to all practice questions and full content.
Nursing Drug Handbook App
Nurses are supposed to have knowledge about drugs, including their generic and brand names, forms, administrations, dosages, monitoring techniques, prevention and treatment, patient safety and comfort, and more.
Nursing Drug Handbook app is easy to use tool for nurses that includes all of the safety information they'd need to provide top-level care for their patients.
The app is available for free download on iOS devices only, containing 103 free sample generic and brand-name drug entries.
To get full access to all 3,500 drugs (1,200 generic-name and 2,300 brand-name entries) with the essential details on each, users need to purchase one of the subscription options that cost $24.99 and $44.99.
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Lippincott Nursing Advisor App
Lippincott Nursing Advisor app is a comprehensive resource, containing expanding collection of thousands of evidence-based, clinical entries that are updated quarterly.
Nurses can download the app through their facility, using their own credentials. Nurses who do not have access through their employer are able to download the free version of the app that contains the sample entries and upgrade it later via in-app purchase for $29.99/year.
The clinical content in the app covers diseases and conditions, diagnostic tests, treatments, and signs and symptoms. Users also have the ability to add their own protocols or notes to existing entries.
Lippincott Nursing Advisor app is available on iOS and Android.
NurseGrid app is the calendar built for nurses, they can use to manage their personal work schedule. The app allows them to add shifts, sync with 3rd party calendar apps, see who they work with during every shift, find colleagues to swap shifts with, and message their colleagues in group or individual chat.
The app also includes a new feature that allows nurses to search and apply for nursing jobs right in the app.
Nurse Grid app is available for free on Android and iOS devices. However, some of the features require users to invite their colleagues to download the app to get unlocked.
Nursing Dictionary App by Farlex
Nursing Dictionary by Farlex is a medical dictionary app designed specifically for nurses and nursing students. It provides them with free, instant access to more than 56,000 medical terms, 4,000 drug entries, and 9,000 images.
All content in the app comes from authoritative sources, including Elsevier, McGraw-Hill, Houghton Mifflin, and more, covering essential topics, including drug facts and interactions, patient monitoring, anatomy, diseases, treatments, tests and procedures, medical research, as well as specific nursing topics, including the five-step nursing process, nursing intervention, and nursing specializations.
The app is available for free on Android and iOS devices. An ad-free version can be purchased for $0.99.
Med Mnemonics App
Mnemonics help people remember crucial information, and it can be especially useful for the people in the healthcare, including nurses, helping them remember the thousands of pieces of information they need to know.
Med Mnemonics app developed by Evan Schoenberg provides 1796 clever acronyms, rhymes, and memory tricks on your mobile device, covering topics ranging from Anatomy and Biochemistry to Pharmacology and Surgery.
Users can search through the database that can be quickly filtered by discipline and by the system. Every mnemonic in the app is physician-reviewed.
The app is available on Android and iOS for $1.99.
Mini Nurse App
Mini Nurse app is made for nurses and nursing students providing them with medical terminology, medical abbreviations, medical suffixes and prefixes, a different type of calculators, lung and heart sounds, subcutaneous injection sites, practice questions on various nursing subjects, and much more.
The app is available only on Android for $2.99. There's also a Lite version of the app that is free, however with less content and features than the paid version.
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Smart Medical Reference App
Smart Medical Reference app is a comprehensive resource for medical providers, including nurses, who can use it to view its content that includes Lab Values Reference, Drug Guide, Differential Diagnosis, Tests and Procedures Reference, Medical Calculators, PubMed articles, Spanish to English Dictionary and Medical Terminology and Abbreviations.
While the app is free to download, to unlock all features users need to purchase them for $9.99.
The app is available only on iOS.
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