When you hear the phrase “there’s an app for that” perhaps you immediately thinks of your favorite game, fitness tracker or digital magazine. However, as technology seeps into our everyday routines, the adoption of mobile applications is now a common best practice in the workplace. This is especially true in healthcare settings, allowing more efficient patient care. As nurses conduct their daily patient rounds, they now have access to a number of applications available to help streamline and improve that process. Nurses can use mobile applications for a variety of purposes, whether it is studying for an NCLEX or MS in Nursing, to shift scheduling.
How Mobile Technology Benefits Nurses
A 2012 study indicated that 71% of nurses already use smartphone applications professionally. There are countless nursing apps on the market that help nurses and other medical professionals do the following:
- Manage and track projects
- Coordinate scheduling and managing time
- Quickly access databases of information relative to evidence-based practice
- Review dosage calculations
- Reference anatomy and physiology
Some apps can also be bundled into one-stop information solutions thus improving nurse efficiency. Nursing apps are available to clinical and research nurses as well as nursing students and recent graduates.
Top 10 Most Helpful Nursing Apps
|PatientTouch||Orchestrate people, processes, and data in real time||Uses include systematic ways to increase organization, safety, quality, efficiency, and nurse satisfaction while also reducing costs.|
|Shiftplanning||Scheduling app to manage time by creating, organizing, and prioritizing to-do lists||Manage multiple schedules, SMS notifications, automatically complies with union and government regulations, and automatically schedules nurse rotations.|
|Mediagram||Personalized greetings/ ecards||Create images, audio, video, text and voice messages to announce/invite and congratulate.|
|Medpage TODAY||Healthcare news||Provides latest breaking medical news alerts, CME/CE credits and comprehensive drug information.|
|Nursing Central||Nursing database||Access to 5,000+ trade name and generic drugs, review 65,000 medical conditions and consult comprehensive disease and test information.|
|The Merck Manual – Professional Edition||Digital Reference||Browse the digital version of the Merck Manual by section and by symptom. The app automatically logs what sections users have read.|
|Epocrats||Lab Guide & Clinical Resource||Users can look up providers for consults and referrals, review drug prescribing and safety information, check drug-drug interactions among up to 30 drugs at a time, identify pills by imprint code and physical characteristics, perform dozens of calculations, such as BMI and GFR , access timely medical news and research information.|
|MedScape||Clinical Resource||Developed by WebMD, users have access to reference tools for handle medications+dosages, medical disease reference, medical education and latest medical news headlines.|
|MyChart||Clinical Resource & Patient Tool||Access to lab results, appointment information, current medications, and immunization history between physicians, nurses and/or patients.|
|CliniCalc||Clinical Resource||For complex calculations, numerous scores and classifications using formulas including CHADS2 Score and Glasgow Coma Scale. This application gives you the answers with comprehensive background information.|
Online Access – Anytime, Anywhere
Loyola University New Orleans’ online graduate nursing programs give working professionals the opportunity to gain valuable skills and experience while continuing to work in their field. There are no on-campus requirements, and all courses are available online 24/7. All online courses are taught by the same renowned professors that teach on campus.
To learn more about how an education from Loyola can pave the way for your professional future, call 866-789-9809 or request information online.
*Loyola University New Orleans’ School of Nursing is not affiliated with the developers and does not endorse the mentioned applications.