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The 25 Best (and Free!) Nursing Apps of 2022

Female nurse with stethoscope around neck using her smartphone to look up medical information.

There are apps out there for basically anything – from helping you find your lost car keys to locating a public restroom. So why shouldn't there be apps to help nurses both on and off the job?

The good news is there is an app for that. There are tons of apps designed with nurses in mind. Search any app store today, and you'll find ones that help you plan your work schedule, study for nursing exams, make decisions at the point of care, and do everything in between. Away from work, apps help you relax, sleep better, manage your finances, and catch up on the most current industry happenings.

To help you find the very best nursing apps for your needs, we did the research and pulled together a long list of apps that nurses just like you use regularly. We then narrowed that list to the ones that nurses raved about the most and grouped them into six categories. Below, you'll find the best nursing apps for:

  • Medical References
  • Medical Translations
  • Calculating Dosages
  • Scheduling
  • Reviewing Nursing School Material
  • Managing Life Outside of Work

Read on to see our recommendations for the best nursing apps of 2022.

Best Medical Reference Apps for Nurses

  1. Skills Hub: Nursing Skills App
  • Available for Download On: Apple App Store | Google Play
  • Why You'll Love It: This app helps you to master your nursing skills and includes step - by - step instructional videos, evidence - based articles reference, and more. It even has excellent NCLEX prep questions and allows you to build a portfolio of mastered skills.
  1. Nursing Dictionary by Farlex
  • Available for Download On: Apple App Store | Google Play
  • Why You'll Love It: The app is a medical dictionary app specifically designed for nurses. You have access to more than 56,000 medical terms, 4,000 medications, and 9,000 images. Plus, the sources come from Mosby's, Elsevier, and other names you can trust. The medical abbreviation and acronym search alone are lifesavers for nurses, especially those new to the field.
  1. Lab Values Reference
  • Available for Download On: Apple App Store
  • Why You'll Love It: Interpreting your patient's labs is challenging. This app makes it easier by allowing you to search Lab Values’ incredible database by lab test name, disease, drug, or condition. You get clear and accurate information on about 500 of the most commonly performed lab tests. Plus, the app is straightforward to use, so you can get the information you need fast.
  1. Skyscape Medical Library
  • Available for Download On: Apple App Store | Google Play
  • Why You'll Love It: The benefits of this app include access to first aid Q&A, Mont Reid Surgical Handbook, and Davis's Drug Guide of Nurses, among many others. There is even a Fitzpatrick's Color Atlas and Synopsis of Clinical Dermatology with full - color imaging. Additionally, you can navigate the world of nursing through flowcharts, audio guides, and intelligent search technology.
  1. Epocrates
  • Available for Download On: Apple App Store | Google Play
  • Why You'll Love It: This app offers exceptional drug information, including a drug - to - drug interactions checker and a pill identifier. One of the best and most efficient features is its customizable home screen with a simple drag - and - drop system. The app is free, but you can pay monthly for additional helpful features like ICD-10 code identifier, peer - reviewed disease content, and alternative medicine monographs.
  1. John Hopkins Antibiotic Guide
  • Available for Download On: Apple App Store | Google Play
  • Why You'll Love It: Here, you can find some great features, including a consult section where you can input your patient's clinical information and get evidence - based diagnoses and treatment recommendations with easy - to - read resources and color imaging. You can even personalize your guides by adding your notes, keeping you organized and efficient. The app goes beyond only antibiotics and extends to psychiatry, HIV, diabetes, and other medical topics.
  1. The Chief Complaint
  • Available for Download On: Apple App Store | Google Play
  • Why You’ll Love It: Think of this resource as your emergency medicine handbook. When you download The Chief Complaint, the home screen is where you can find disease process and medication information, calculators, and more. The design is user - friendly in its easy navigation and clear touchpoints. In addition, you can create bookmarks throughout the app to save the most critical information while adding notes to yourself.

Best Medical Translator App for Nurses

  1. MediBabble Translator
  • Available for Download On: Apple App Store
  • Why You'll Love It: MediBabble is designed to improve the safety and efficiency of caring for non - English - speaking patients. This free professional app comes with eight languages, and the audio features thousands of translated questions and instructions that you can play for your patient.

Best Calculator Apps for Nurses

  1. MDCalc Medical Calculator
  • Available for Download On: Apple App Store | Google Play
  • Why You'll Love It: With more than 40,000 ratings and a near - perfect score, this app appears to be one of the most popular apps. It offers several calculators that work even offline and in limited connection places. A customizable feature allows you to quickly access your favorites, recent visits, or calculators designed for your specialty. Additionally, it provides access to more than 500 easy - to - use clinical decisions tools like risk evaluations, algorithms, and dosing calculators.
  1. Calculate by QxMD
  • Available for Download On: Apple App Store | Google Play
  • Why You'll Love It: Calculate by QxMD does more than help with calculations. It enables you to use point - of - care tools based on your areas of expertise, whether cardiology, respiratory, vascular surgery, or others. The app uses a question flow technology uniquely designed to get fast and accurate answers. More than anything, Calculate works to help you make decisions about your patient's care instead of just calculating the numbers.

Best Scheduling App for Nurses

  1. NurseGrid Scheduling
  • Available for Download On: Apple App Store | Google Play
  • Why You'll Love It: In nursing, you have to prioritize your work - life balance. The NurseGrid scheduling app helps you do just that. You can carry your work schedule with you everywhere and compare it with your co-workers’. If you need to swap a shift at the last minute, the app’s collaboration features will let you know who’s working when. You may even let others know your availability to sign up for additional shifts. Finally, the app has a great group and private message chat to discuss your schedules.

Best Study/Review Apps for Nursing Students

  1. Saunders Comp Review NCLEX-RN
  • Available for Download On: Apple App Store | Google Play
  • Why You'll Love It: The app boasts as being "the best NCLEX exam review book ever," and they may be right. It has some fantastic features, including more than 6,000 NCLEX exam - style questions, prep quizzes, and other resources to help get you ready to take your NCLEX. Furthermore, the app offers an option to create your own study goals with helpful reminders, which will help you stay on track. You'll also love how it helps identify what areas you've mastered and what areas need a bit more attention.
  1. NCLEX RN Nursing by My Mastery
  • Available for Download On: Apple App Store
  • Why You'll Love It: This highly rated app downloaded by millions of students offers excellent benefits when prepping for NCLEX or refreshing your knowledge. You gain access to NCLEX simulations to help reduce study time while gaining confidence in your craft. The pretest identifies where to start studying and the posttest lets you know how far you are advancing. To help supplement your learning, the app adds helpful audio and video lessons with new ones every week. NCLEX Mastery guarantees a pass of 99.7% to members on their first try and offers refunds to anyone who doesn’t pass on the third try.
  1. Picmonic: Nursing School
  • Available for Download On: Apple App Store | Google Play
  • Why You'll Love It: In nursing school, you memorize many facts, medications, lab values, and other details. It can be very overwhelming. However, this app allows you to use word association and picture images to help remember essential information. Think of it as using CliffNotes with fun images that train your brain by using word association to remember key facts. For example, for "penicillin," you see a picture of a "pencil - villain" on the flashcard to help associate the image with the medication.
  1. Full Code - Emergency Medicine
  • Available for Download On: Apple App Store | Google Play
  • Why You'll Love It: This app challenges you in a simulator environment to take on a clinically complex patient in a realistic emergency room. It currently offers 105 scenarios with new ones added each week, including pediatric, trauma, and obscure disease cases. A special bonus is that you can earn CME credit hours by using the app. In the simulator, you take your patient's history and physical exam, order tests, and perform interventions. You may also choose medications and monitor the patient’s condition as it responds to your interventions.
  1. ECG EKG Mastery
  • Available for Download On: Apple App Store | Google Play
  • Why You'll Love It: Interpreting EKGs is challenging, even for well - seasoned nurses. This app is your complete resource guide to evaluating heart rhythms and includes convenient tutorials and tables to help improve your expertise. You get step - by - step instructions on analyzing different types of rhythms, including Wolff - Parkinson - White Syndrome, which can be tough to spot.
  1. DSM-5 Differential Diagnosis
  • Available for Download On: Apple App Store | Google Play
  • Why You'll Love It: Patients often present with mental health conditions in addition to their physical health concerns. The DSM-5 app is a tool to help diagnose psychiatric disorders accurately using step - by - step decision trees to review possible conditions.

Best Apps to Manage Life Outside of Work

  1. Calm
  • Available for Download On: Apple App Store | Google Play
  • Why You'll Love It: The Calm app serves many purposes. One of the biggest mistakes you can make as a nurse is not listening to your body. If you cannot settle your mind at bedtime from the stress of the day, this app offers sleep stories and music designed to help you fall asleep. It contains guided meditations, soundscapes, and guided deep breathing. It provides daily wisdom and affirmations, excellent stress relievers, and great practice of mental health wellness.
  1. Mealime – Meal Plans & Recipes With a Grocery List
  • Available for Download On: Apple App Store | Google Play
  • Why You'll Love It: The Mealime app is an excellent way for you to plan your meals for the week. After a long shift, you'll want to grab an already prepped meal that you can quickly warm in the oven or microwave and enjoy. This app offers healthy meals cooked in 30 minutes or less, a lifesaver. You can easily tailor the weekly meal plans to your palate, budget, and nutritional needs. As a bonus, it aims to keep food waste to a minimum, maximizing your grocery - buying power.
  1. Mint
  • Available for Download On: Apple App Store | Google Play
  • Why You'll Love It: As one of the most popular financial planning apps available, Mint doesn't disappoint. The app's design is to help you manage your money, stick to a budget, pay your bills, and track your spending. You can check your financial status to see whether you can afford additional financial lifelines such as nursing malpractice insurance. You can also monitor your credit accounts and credit cards while keeping an eye on your credit score. By setting financial goals, you can maintain a healthy savings account and be in a much better place financially.
  1. Stash
  • Available for Download On: Apple App Store | Google Play
  • Why You'll Love It: The Stash app is terrific for those new to the world of investment and cryptocurrency. You don't have to have a lot of money to start investing. You can invest as little as $1 a month using this app with easy - to - use guides on finding the right stock or investment for you. You can even create an automatic investing schedule to put a set amount of money into your investment accounts each week or once a month. Investing even a small amount of money on a routine basis can yield significant returns.
  1. Pinterest
  • Available for Download On: Apple App Store | Google Play
  • Why You'll Love It: Pinterest allows you to save websites, images, and links in an organized way so you can easily find them when you need them. For example, say you find a great site offering scrubs at lower prices. With a couple of clicks, you can save the site to your personalized Pinterest boards to find later. The boards you create can be for anything. Some ideas include recipes, scrubs, nursing procedures, and date night ideas. You can become more organized in what you search for on the internet.
  1. Waze Navigation & Live Traffic
  • Available for Download On: Apple App Store | Google Play
  • Why You'll Love It: Running late for your shift or dinner with friends? The Waze app is a great way to ensure you take the quickest and safest route to reach your destination on time. In addition, you will receive notifications on construction, accidents, and traffic movement in real time. The app can be a great timesaver while helping to ease your anxiety.
  1. Audible
  • Available for Download On: Apple App Store | Google Play
  • Why You'll Love It: Do you love reading but can't seem to find the time anymore? Audible offers a great selection of audiobooks and exclusive podcasts that you can listen to during your daily commute. You can even listen offline. Now you won't miss out on a great book, and listening works as a great way to unwind after a long shift.
  1. PTSD Coach
  • Available for Download On: Apple App Store | Google Play
  • Why You'll Love It: Many nurses suffer from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at some point in their careers. When you experience trauma firsthand, it can severely impact your mental health. The free PTSD Coach app is offered by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs and features helpful information on PTSD and treatment, tools for tracking your symptoms, and direct links to support and help. If you have symptoms of PTSD, it is best to first see your doctor. This app can then be used in conjunction with any other therapy you receive.

Using mobile apps as a nurse is a great way to work efficiently while enhancing your clinical knowledge and other skills. It may be a good idea to check with your employer and see what apps it recommends for use while working your shift. Being tech - savvy in the industry today, you help improve the use of innovations and improve patient care for the future.

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Last updated on Mar 31, 2022.

Originally published on Mar 31, 2022.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Berxi™ or Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company. This article (subject to change without notice) is for informational purposes only, and does not constitute professional advice.

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