Essential apps for the student nurse

Jade Day

Faculty: Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care
School: School of Nursing and Midwifery
Course: BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing
Category: Nursing and midwifery

1 July 2014

No matter what age you are, most people nowadays have got some form of smartphone or tablet to their name and there are so many apps out there that can help you on your way to becoming a student nurse.

These are a selection of some of my favourites – bear in mind most of these apps are for iPhones. There are lots of Android and Windows alternatives.

Reference ME
This handy app is a bit like Refworks for your phone, with the added bonus that you can use your camera to scan the barcode of the book you are using and it instantly finds all the details for you. Even just for storing your references to access at a later time it is so valuable.

Drug Calcs
This app means you can read up and practise your drug calculations while you’re out and about or unable to access safe medicate on a computer. Personally I feel that you should do as much practice in this area as you can and it will get easier each time. There are several different versions of apps that you can get that all pretty much offer the same thing.

NICE guidelines
So you can access all the guidelines for any aspect of nursing while you are out and about in practice or lectures. There is also another app just called Guidelines which has access to a few other organisations’ guidelines, too.

NUS extra
That’s right, make sure you’ve got the app that tells you where your nearest bargains and freebies are wherever you go. You will need an NUS card to be able to access these deals.

VMware View
With help from the IT department here at Anglia Ruskin, you can use this app to turn your phone or tablet into a university desktop computer anywhere in the world and access the uni servers. It is brilliant and saves a lot of trouble especially if you can’t afford to buy software for your own computers at home.

Yes, I know it sounds odd, but as long as you are using it appropriately and at the right times, there is a huge nursing following to be accessed where you can all talk to each other and share experiences. I found this invaluable in the run-up to starting nursing. Seeing people link their nursing blogs to their twitter accounts encouraged me to do the same which has been a really helpful and expressive platform for me.

Anglia Ruskin
Our own personal university app from which I can access my timetable and room numbers nice and easily along with a whole bunch of other great information, such as campus maps and forthcoming events.

For that bit of deserved down time!

Also try to make use of the apps you already have on your phone/tablet to make your life easier by doing things like linking up your student email to your phone, using the calendar to make sure you know what you are doing and when, and your voice recorder for recording some crucial lecture information. All in all, sometimes technology can be a pain but it can also be our friend if we use it well!

Jade Day is a first year Adult Nursing student studying at our Chelmsford campus. She also has her own personal blog at  Follow us on Twitter for more blog updates @FHSCE_ARU


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