iPhone Applications for Nurses

iPhone Applications for Nurses

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By Beth Duggan
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I had it all planned. I was going to spend hours researching the latest applications for nurses, producing a piece of service journalism worthy of a spot on your refrigerator. Alas, someone beat me to it. And rather than attempting to make the information my own, let’s give credit where it’s due. Thank you, Jimmy at Online Nursing Degree Guide. You just saved me having to work through lunchtime.

Below you’ll find his list of the top 25 applications (in alphabetical order). And for those iTouchers, make sure the app is compatible before you download it.

A.D.A.M. Symptom Navigator: Find out what to do about any symptoms, learn self-care, when to go to the doctor, and when it is an emergency.

Bishop’s Score Calculator: Assess the probability of delivery as well as expected success rate if labor is induced.

Bio Dictionary: Covers most biological terms. Two methods are offered for searching, and terms and explanations are audible.

Cockcroft: Calculate the estimated clearance of creatinine (eCcr) with the creatinine serum rate (in mg/dL or in micromol/L). Weight can be either in kilogram or in pounds.

Epocrates Rx: Includes a drug guide, formulary information and drug interaction checker, along with free updates and medical news. It resides on your device, so you can look for information without wireless connections.

Eponyms: Courtesy of Pascal Pfiffner, this app brings the eponym database from Andrew J. Yee to your fingertips.

Glucose Charter: A blood glucose, insulin and medication recording app. Patients can self-monitor, nurses can use it to check patients.

iAnesthesia: Case Logs: Allows all anesthesia providers to easily create, manage and back up case logs quickly in the operating room.

iChart: Stores everything from patient data to charts and lists of medications in a streamlined, organized fashion.

In Case of Emergency: For those not practicing in a hospital setting, this app can provide you with all the information needed to contact emergency services in your location.

iRx: A pharmaceutical reference tool to get FDA information on specific drugs.

Lab Tests: A laboratory test database broken into categories such as blood bank, clinical chemistry, coagulation, hematology, serology, immunology, tumor markers, urinalysis and therapeutic drugs. Reference ranges and notes on the clinical significance of the test are given when indicated.

Medical Reference: A refresher for those difficult-to-remember medical terms.

Mediquations: Has more than 201 common medical calculations and scoring tools.

MIM Radiology: Provides multiplanar reconstruction of data sets from modalities, including CT, PET, MRI and SPECT, as well as multimodality image fusion.

Mosby’s iTerms Flash Cards for Medical Terminology: The premier study guide for mastering the prefixes, suffixes, combining forms and abbreviations used to build medical terms.

NCLEX-RN Medications: Nursing students can study medications and conditions in preparation for the NCLEX.

Netter’s Anatomy Flash Cards: Uses illustrations from Netter’s Atlas of Human Anatomy (4th Edition).

Netter’s Musculoskeletal Flash Cards: Master the musculoskeletal anatomy and pathology you need to know with 210 flash cards.

Netter’s Neuroscience Flash Cards: Enhance your understanding of key neuroscience concepts.

Nursing Central: A mobile solution for nursing produced by Unbound Medicine. The app includes premier disease, drug and test information by and for nurses.

Pocket First Aid Guide: Do you panic when caring for several people at once? This first aid guide that will help you treat anything from bee stings to burns.

ReachMD: An easy-to-use and fully accredited continuing medical education tool that gives healthcare practitioners a convenient way to earn free CME credits.

ScribbleDoc: If you can’t read the good doctor’s writing, perhaps this app can help. Use your iPhone to scan the problem and this app will convert the image to text.

Skyscape Medical Resources: Offers Outlines in Clinical Medicine, Archimedes Medical Calculator, RxDrugs: Drug Dosing Tool and MedAlert.

For the full article and links to download these apps, go to the April 27 blog post at www.onlinenursingdegreeguide.org.   

Beth Duggan has has yet to jump on the iPhone wagon, and curses her decision every time she gets lost in Culver City.

This article is from workingnurse.com.

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