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Best apps for nurses: the help that’s just a click away

The smartphone apps that support your practice and can make your home life easier too

Smartphone apps that support your practice and can make your home life easier too including shift planning, prescribing and personal finance

With busy work schedules that often incorporate changing rota patterns and night shifts, nurses and nursing students need more ways than most to stay organised.

Nursing Standard has pulled together the smartphone apps that work on both iOS and Android and might just make your life easier.

Planning your shifts

myshiftplanner

A shift planning tool could this be the most useful app a nurse can have?

With 280,000 active users, this free shift planning app allows individuals to add shifts to a planner, customise holidays, overtime, training and even shift swaps.

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Smartphone apps that support your practice and can make your home life easier too – including shift planning, prescribing and personal finance

With busy work schedules that often incorporate changing rota patterns and night shifts, nurses and nursing students need more ways than most to stay organised.

Nursing Standard has pulled together the smartphone apps that work on both iOS and Android and might just make your life easier.


Planning your shifts

myshiftplanner

A shift planning tool – could this be the most useful app a nurse can have?

With 280,000 active users, this free shift planning app allows individuals to add shifts to a planner, customise holidays, overtime, training and even shift swaps.

The app then provides a handy calendar-view guide to when you are working, with colour coded guides for each month. Optional premium features include calendar syncing and sharing.

Reviews from nurses are positive.

‘As an NHS nurse shift worker, I live by this app,’ says one user.

‘I am a nurse and use this for my off-duty,’ says another. ‘By far the best app I have used for recording my shifts. My friends and family members who are also in the NHS use this app too… allows you to tailor your shift patterns to your preferences, add notes, set patterns and change colours and is pretty much idiot proof. Love this.’

Download the myshiftplanner app


Resources for newly qualified nurses

RCN Starting Out

This newly launched app from the RCN aims to help students and recently qualified nurses kick-start their careers.

The app provides new and aspiring nurses with learning resources, professional career support and counselling, and tools to understand and manage their membership with the RCN.

RCN student committee chair Jess Sainsbury said: ‘When you’re joining the nursing profession, there is a lot of information to take in and this can be a little overwhelming.

‘Having all that information in one place will make it much easier to find what you need. This is definitely something that will be useful to students and newly qualified nurses.’

Download the RCN Starting Out app


Guidance for nurse prescribers

The British National Formulary

An essential for nurse prescribers, the free BNF app provides quick access to the nurse prescriber’s formulary, and guidance on treatments, medicines, and drug interactions.

The app collects all the drug reference information you could need in one place, to keep close to hand on shift.

Its value for nurses is that it provides trusted and authoritative content, simply presented at the point of use, alongside specialist resources for nurses who prescribe.

The app can be used offline, so on the ward the content is always there as a digest for rapid reference.

The app includes access to the BNFC, for children.

Download the BNF app


Managing your money

Yolt

Yolt is a secure budgeting app that collects your banking and financial information in one place, making it easier to manage and understand.

Use it to centralise multiple bank accounts, credit and debit cards, sources of income and expenses.

The app helps identify your spending habits and unnecessary costs, and creates alerts for pending direct debits and pay days to help you save money and take control of your budget.

The app has tools to compare vendors and providers and can even be used to manage medical prescriptions.

Alternatives include the free Money Dashboard app.

Download the Yolt app


Meditation and your well-being

Insight Timer

This is probably the world’s most widely used meditation, sleep health and well-being app.

It includes free mindfulness and well-being courses, yoga classes, talks and meditation for adults and children.

The app includes ‘sleep music’, soundscapes, bedtime tales and guided sleep meditations to help users relax and wind down at bedtime.

The app includes guided meditations and talks by meditation and mindfulness experts, neuroscientists, psychologists and teachers from institutions including the University of Oxford.

Download the Insight Timer app


COVID-19 research

COVID Symptom Study

The COVID Symptom Study app is a not-for-profit initiative launched in March 2020 to support COVID-19 research.

The app was launched by health science company ZOE, with scientific analysis provided by King’s College London (KCL).

With more than 4 million contributors globally, the project is the world’s largest ongoing study of COVID-19.

It collects data on health factors, including symptom prevalence and social distancing behaviour, to help researchers understand the virus’s spread and potential containment measures.

Research is led by Tim Spector, a KCL professor of genetic epidemiology.

Download the COVID Symptom Study app


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