Nursing has been consistently voted the most-trusted profession in the country. That confidence from patients does not come by accident. Nurses are trained to care for their patients’ hearts in addition to their symptoms.
With such dedication to their patient’s safety and well-being, it’s not surprising that there is a lot of demand for mobile applications to help nurses stay on track. Nursing apps can improve efficiency and even enhance the experience for the patients.
In the case of one fertility clinic, they actually have seen an increase in patient conception from the use of basic menstrual mobile applications, says Dr. Lou Diamond, woman’s health nurse practitioner at Diamond Women’s Healthcare.
We surveyed the market and pulled together a list of 25 excellent nursing apps to cover all of your patient care needs.
Student Nurses: education & exam help
Davis Company has been publishing nursing study materials since 1879. Its collection of NCLEX apps are a great resource for students studying for their certification exam.
This award-winning app is both beautiful and useful with over 3,800 three dimensional images of human anatomy and structure. It’s great for learning anatomy and built-in quizzes will help you test your knowledge of bones and muscles.
Nursing school requires A LOT of terminology memorization. This awesome app has suggestions for mnemonics (fun, easy to remember word-plays) to help the data stick in your head.
4. Mini Nurse (Android)
This is a great resource for students looking to learn about many nursing school basics with definitions and practice questions from medical terminology to lung and heart sounds.
This app provides easy access to nursing fundamentals that nurses find useful throughout their career. Some unique features include bookmarks, notes sections and even a medical calculator.
This app does away with multiple choice and converts 4,700 study questions into reviewable flash cards making it easy for students to stick in a quick study session on the bus or between classes.
Information: news & journals
This app provides the “front page” of relevant medical news along with current events and industry-relevant conferences and symposia.
This app from the well-known WebMD provides access to a collection of medical news stories along with more characteristic features of WebMD including identification of drugs and conditions.
Reference: medication, assessment & diagnosis
This app has over 400 tests in its database to help nurses navigate process and interpretation of lab tests.
The medical community’s number one app does it all but comes with a price for the premium version. The basics are in the lite version including a drug guide with pill and interaction information and the latest medical research.
An eponym is a discovery or invention that is named after a person. These occur frequently in the medical community and can all be found in this handy app.
12. Heart Pro III (iOS)
This app includes stunning three dimensional images of the intricacies of the heart as well as all of the typical heart rhythms to listen for in a patient.
Black’s dictionary has been published in hard-copy form for over 100 years and is now available on your mobile phone. With over 5,000 definitions, it is a quick-and-easy reference to keep at your fingertips.
14. Nurse Net (iOS)
This interactive tool provides access to a database of over 10,000 medical abbreviations and nursing credentials.
This all-encompassing app includes 4,600 drugs, 56,000 dictionary terms and 17 million journal articles. If you need to looks something up, it’s probably here.
This handy app lists common features of medications to help you reverse identify pills without a label.
17. Symptomia (iOS)
This is a straightforward app that allows you to put in symptoms and outputs the possible diseases associated with those symptoms.
This disease database allows you to segment more than 250 illnesses by 39 epidemiological factors and 16 world regions all with high resolution presentations.
Tools: organization & schedule
Check out this app for checklists covering 169 typical nursing processes to help you stay on task.
This app has a collection of tools to help keep nurses organized and manage their busy schedule.
This is a streamlined, all-inclusive time management app that helps nurses manage tasks, busy schedules and even sends auto reminders.
Arrangement: patient care plans
22. MediBabble Translator (Android, iOS)
This app is a must for nurses working with non-English speaking patients. The translator tool helps to smooth out the communication with patients and improve care.
Standout features of this simple app include assessment tools and sample care plans to help nurses determine the proper diagnosis.
24. Nursing Care Plans 2014 (iOS)
This app has over 100 customizable care plans covering topics from psychiatry to surgery.
This all-inclusive app has pretty much everything a nurse needs which makes it great for determining patient care. Some features include prescription drug information, medical calculators, symptom diagnosis, medical news and scholarly journal access.
No matter what stage you are in during your nursing career, mobile apps can be a great way to stay on task and keep information at your fingertips. If you are still in school, check out these general apps for college success. Don’t forget: Staying organized will be paramount to advancing your career in nursing.
Did you find your go-to app here, or have you discovered a new favorite? Let us know in the comments below!