1. do most employers allow phones that have useful nursing applications?
my facility did used to allow phones on the floors, now they have banned it. so i went from an iphone to an itouch as all my applications were free to upload onto the itouch since i had already purchased them for my iphone
cause if i can’t use my fancy phone that also has useful apps what’s the point in having it…
2. what are some good nursing apps should my tech tool be compatible with/run? (med reference, etc)
iphone/itouch - nursing central, epocrates, webmd, dynamed (skyscape), patients (great pt record data program), medcalc, and so many more. everything from medications, to er, peds, acls, and all sorts of other goodies.
3. do i need internet access to be able to accesses theses apps?
some yes you do need internet access. i personally use our hospitals wifi to access internet on itouch since it doesn't have 3g service, and even if it did it would be redundant to have this on phone, laptop, itouch, ipad, ect. people don't need 20 devices with internet access at 70$ a month each.
4. is there a monthly/annual fee to use these apps?
some of these apps are yearly things, such as nursing central its a yearly service fee, but oh so worth it. epocrates has a free version which is great for nursing and some students, it also has a paid version that has more advanced information. all others that i mentioned are free at this time. other then some initial purchasing fee's.
5. what are some of these devices/pda's/smart phones?
iphone/itouch, ipad, blackberry touch, motorola drioid.
i hope this is helpful to you, if you have any questions feel free to pm me. i personally am an apple person, everything i own other then my desktop computer which i rarely use anyway is all apple products.