Mobile applications or “apps” and related mobile software are changing the game in all sorts of industries, but they’re super-important in the medical field for a number of reasons. Nurses deal with an enormous amount of information, and that means many of them can benefit from a range of applications that help them to reference critical things at work, or other applications that help them organize their workflow, comply with guidelines and standards, or tighten up their clinical practices.
Here are some of the most common types of mobile apps for nurses.
Medication Flash Card Apps
Items like NCSBN flash card med apps can help bring encyclopedias of drug knowledge to a nurse’s fingertips. Other essential flash card applications can cover things like ICD-10 codes, procedure codes or other important references.
The Epocrates app can help nurses to look for information on drugs, as well as data on drug interactions, which is critical for patients who may already be on medication or have certain allergies. There is also information on drug providers and other useful bits that nurses can use in the field.
Web M.D. has published the Medscape app to help medical professionals keep up on medical news and clinical reference materials. Use these kinds of professional applications to stay in-the-know about everything that’s going on relevant to your clinical practice areas
The American Association of Critical Care Nurses developed this application that will help nurses look at lab information, and medications, and generally keep their clinical work precise.
Human Anatomy Atlas
This app has over 3000 images of human anatomy and body structures. Quiz yourself and get better at understanding human anatomy as you progress in your nursing career.
Heart Pro III
This cardio app provides a lot of three-dimensional visuals helping nurses to understand the heart. It also contains a resource for typical heart rhythms, in order to help diagnose items atrial fibrillation or arrhythmias.
Black’s Medical Dictionary
Get this classic resource from a new mobile phone application. For over a century, Black’s has been a resource for nurses and other medical workers. Now you can get it with just a few taps on your mobile screen.
Take a look at symptoms and possible connections to conditions with this popular application.
Here is an organizational resource for scheduling and more. Nurses have busy schedules, and keeping all of your ducks in a row will allow you to work smarter, not harder, when planning a clinical work day.
These are some of the most common additions to a nurse’s iPhone, Android, Blackberry or other mobile device. Many of these can assist with all of the precision and detail-oriented work that has to be done in taking care of patients every day.
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