The App Culture is changing how Nurses look for information to serve their patients

by Angela Brooks


I hear this question more than any other business question. I work full time as a nurse Monday through Friday in Education and Training. I teach new employees the policies and procedures they will need for their job.

I leave work and head home to either one or two baseball games with my two busy athletes boys – getting home as late as 10pm at night.

I always have my iphone with me and normally have my ipad on the road as I check in on social media, write notes for a blog post or work on projects that need to be done but I don’t have time to sit at a desk to do. My smart devices are loaded with apps that help make my business run smoother with better access.

Nurses are also looking for what makes their shift have access to fastest and most up to date  information.

In the beginning of most nurses starting a new job they will be tested about certain drugs and skills that are required for the job. In the culture of today’s nurses they will pull out their handy iphone or smart phone to use an app gathering the information they need.


In the class room setting as I was preparing the new employees for the 80 question test, I placed nursing drug books on the table, not assuming everyone had a phone app to use. The first question asks before the test started “Can I use my iphone.”


In the old policy and procedures of hospitals around the United States cells phones were to be used on 15 min breaks and lunch. Now that the smart phones are becoming part of a normal day, and used by almost 53% of the population, nurses and doctor are no different. More than 75% of doctors use a smart phone.


In a interview by the Information Week  Healthcare: “The common thread is that physicians in all specialties–especially more recent graduates–are relying more and more on modern technology to advance their concern to provide medical care more efficiently, cost effectively, and ‘creatively’ through digital instruments that are readily available,” Edward McEachern, Jackson & Coker’s VP of marketing, told InformationWeek Healthcare. “What this indicates in terms of future trends is that mobile device manufacturers and companies that supply app solutions are well aware of the growing market in the healthcare field for their products and services.”


As the social media smart phone curve grows into a more detailed and defined technology our health care system is going to see the rise in uses of smart phones, and Ipad in the job setting. Policies will have to be revised to include the information access to the staff searching for the fastest and most accurate sources of information. Taking the time to find a current dated drug book and flip through the pages to find the contradiction for a medication can take 10 minutes, or the nurse can pull out her smart phone type in the information she needs and have it on hand in less than a minute with up to date information.


Listed below are just a few of the top rated and most used apps that nurses have on their smart phone and ipad:


Nursing Central – drug guide, medical / nursing information, medical dictionary

Merck manual – medical info

Unbound medicine apps – nursing Dx apps (NANDA stuff), patient assessment apps

Clinical Evidence app – for evidence based procedure information

MediMath – 220 medical and nursing calculations

Eye Chart Pro – instant eye exams, and yes I have used it and it confirmed a problem

ColorTest – color blindness tests – used it on a patient as well

3D Brain – use this for patient education

Verbally – used this on a stroke patient as a communication device

NCLEX quiz cards

The Skyscape Nursing Constellation Plus App is great, a bit costly but extremely helpful.

the app includes:

Davis’s Drug Guide for Nurses

RNotes: Nurse’s Clinical Pocket Guide

Nurses, Doctors and other medical staff are using the top end apps that provides them with the best information – Apps are not going away – you will be seeing more of them an more advanced apps are coming.


Angela Brooks 2012Angela Brooks  Nurse, speaker, author of “The Nurse Voice”, social media expert that has revolutionized MLM with social Media. She is setting a model of how to build relationships online, through social media, blogging and email. 

She was also named #22 in the Top 50 Blog of 2012, She is #2 in over all team volume, teaching her team to how to do business outside the box.


Angela Brooks is a retired nurse after 25 years in mental health. She used her lunch breaks to build her business part time on the night shift. Her car became a mobile university as she listened to business training, coaching calls on CD and phone webinars. She blogged while she was at her sons' baseball practices.

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