iPhones, Androids and Tablets - Oh-My!

Nursing | August 28, 2015

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Read about the dramatic increase in mobile usage by nurses and why it is important for an app to be easy to use and able to access reliable content.

With smartphone and tablet usage on the rise in the medical field, the landscape for accessing clinical reference material to aid in treating patients at the point of care has vastly changed in recent years. A study by Juniper Research projects that in 2016, there will be 142 million downloads of health-related mobile apps. This marks a 30 percent increase from 2012, just three short years ago (Reflections On Nursing Leadership, 39(2), 1-6.)

Research suggests that nurses have been leading the charge in mobile advancement in the medical field since 2012. A staggering 67 percent of RNs report that they utilize mobile resources at the point of care compared to 40 percent of physicians (Reflections On Nursing Leadership, 39(2), 1-6.).

With so many apps available to nurses, it can be tricky to weed out the good from the bad, the trusted from the unreliable, and the easy-to-use from the cumbersome. With EBSCO Health’s new Nursing Reference CenterPlus mobile app, nurses can now easily access the premier resource for trusted evidence-based information anywhere they go.

Here are five ways nurses can utilize the Nursing Reference Center Plus mobile app in a clinical setting:

  1. Replacing hard copy drug books with the most up-to-date and easy-to-find drug information at their fingertips.
  2. Researching a patient’s rare condition with evidence-based care sheets on the topic.
  3. Brushing up on a procedure that they may not have recently performed, with nursing skills and procedure information.
  4. Enhancing their skills by reading nursing best practices on topics relevant to the current climate of nursing.
  5. Accessing videos and images to aid in providing the highest level of patient care possible.

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