Mobile Devices Belong in Nursing: 10 Best Apps
No one can argue that nursing is hard work. If you have a mobile device, you undoubtedly use it to unwind at the end of a long day. From entertaining news apps to games that let you blow things up, mobile devices keep us happy and mentally acute. Why not use your mobile device as a sort of pocket assistant? There are apps for virtually every aspect of your work.
This app is brought to you by Drugs.com. As a nurse, you will be able to recognize commonly prescribed drugs, but do you know what the lesser prescribed ones look like? With this app, all you need to do is enter the shape, color and stamping on the pill to find out exactly what it is.
Do you find it difficult to remember the rhythms of different ECGs? If so, this is the app for you. With more than 90 easy-to-see images, you have a backup in your pocket. When you are stumped trying to interpret an ECG, pull out your mobile device and use it as a handy reference guide.
3.Fast Facts for Critical Care
In the midst of an emergency, you won’t have time to whip out your cell phone. You will, however, have time to review this app on your lunch break. Based on books by Kathy White, the app reminds you how to manage sepsis, how to care for someone in heart failure, and gives you the 16 classes of critical care drugs. Use it to brush up on the information that is vital to your career.
If you haven’t earned your license yet, or even if you have, you know that memorizing the muscles and bones of the body is a tough thing to do. You’ll need to know this information to pass your boards, and you better know it when you start to take care of real humans. Use this app to study when you have a free minute.
5.Pocket Lab Values
You aren’t a walking encyclopedia; how can you be expected to remember every single thing that you’ve learned? Knowing the specific values of every single lab is one of those things that is forgivable to forget. With this app, you no longer have to be in front of your computer to decipher lab values.
A headache could be indicative of dry eye or a brain tumor. One isn’t a big deal, and one definitely is, but what else could a headache tell you? This app allows you to input symptoms and, in return, you get a comprehensive list of the diseases that you may be dealing with.
Do you know Roy G. Biv? Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet: The colors of the rainbow. Mnemonics are a great way to memorize a list of terms. This app gives you mnemonics to help jog your memory when it comes to those things that you’re expected to know.
Nursing is tough work. It only makes sense that you use a device that you already to have to give you as much help as possible. Stop using your smartphone for entertainment and put it to work for you. These apps are invaluable as you run through the halls of your hospital during a hectic shift.
Brett Harris blogs for health sites. Read his recent article on the Top 25 Smart Choice Schools for Online Healthcare Administration Degrees http://www.superscholar.