So...whap apps do you have on your phone?

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    I know there are a few apps out there that come in handy for nurses. I came across RN notes, Davis' Lab and Diagnostics, etc. Obviously, you have to pay for all of them, but I was wondering if they were worth it; if they are actually practical. Anyone use them?? Thanks!
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    Things I use on a constant basis? Epocrates - it has a physical picture search so you can describe the pills and it comes up with pills that match descriptions.

    Anything else is a moot point. Nothing's going to help you chart, and labs in almost ANY computer system in a hospital will give you the normal values for almost everything. The ONLY thing this will help with is home nursing or possibly LTC's, but any acute care settings these will be readily available.

    I also use WeatherWidget for Android b/c this comes w/ a widget that has "Airplane" and "silent". I know you can get these settings otherwise, but I like having a push button for them
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    Phone?

    If I were to use any personal device at work to improve process or safety, I prefer the idea of using an iPod Touch instead of a phone.

    Runs all the same apps as an iPhone, with no messy phone or camera.

    The phone can stay in the locker. No business carrying a personal phone on duty anyway, and you don't needs apps for excuses to hang onto a potential liability at work.
    loriangel14 likes this.
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    I use an ABG calculator. Comes in handy. Its calculates your bicarb and also determines Resp/Metabolic Alk or Acidosis without having to do the calculation yourself. It was free! I have an IPhone FYI!
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    epocrates is awesome!
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    Apps? My cell is so old it has a rotary dial (you younguns probably don't even know what a rotary dial is.) I just upgraded from a string and two tin cans.
    sandyfeet and CoffeeGeekRN like this.
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    I am A Charge nurse for LTC. I cover 4 wings. and 68 patients. We live in a very rural location. Anything within 5 miles is long distance, so I use my Texting feature at work to call people in for shifts. I can send one text to the whole shift. I carry my Blackberry. My rule with staff is if you have an issue tell the team leader on your wing. and leave it on the nurses station. they can not have it on them... I also have epocrates and Dictionary.com I have a list App and Documents to go. when I do rounds. the Doc's depend on it.

    BUT when I was in clinical (Graduated in 2007 from the RN program) I used a PDA I used that until last year. it had a fatal error and Passed away last spring... LOL That is when I upgraded.
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    Quote from POTR

    The phone can stay in the locker. No business carrying a personal phone on duty anyway, and you don't needs apps for excuses to hang onto a potential liability at work.
    This is an antiquated idea, in my opinion. Technology is advancing. Phones aren't just phones any longer. Our docs use their smart phones all the time to look up info. Why can't the nurses?
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    Quote from BluegrassRN
    This is an antiquated idea, in my opinion. Technology is advancing. Phones aren't just phones any longer. Our docs use their smart phones all the time to look up info. Why can't the nurses?
    As I stated, the iPod Touch (and the bigger iPad too for that matter) does everything the iPhone does, without a phone or camera. Possession of a personal phone or personal camera opens you up to any number of liabilities.

    If you never carry your personal phone or personal camera, no one can effectively accuse you of ever using them inappropriately.

    How many posts have you read on allnurses about the troubles that can be caused by accusations, right or wrong? Even in the last week?

    Doesn't it make sense to cover your own rear?

    Carry your references (PDA), not potential problems (phone/camera).
    Last edit by POTR on Jun 28, '10


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