December 30, 2010

More Great Tools for the Busy Nurse

Posted in Nursing Tips tagged , at 7:16 am by Nursing Tales Team

In our last post, we highlighted some of the latest and greatest applications (apps) and tools such as the beaded lanyard.  In this post, we will take a look at more handy apps and some specifics of the decorative badge holder that will reveal why this and the beaded lanyard are so popular.

Is how you look at work of the utmost importance?  The answer to this question has to be yes.  Regardless of whether you wear a suit or scrubs to “the office”, the way that you present yourself speaks volumes to your superiors, peers and clients.  In the medical setting, the nurse’s clients are their patients.  And when a nurse presents themselves in the most professional way, they show their patients the level of professionalism that can be expected.

Does the beaded lanyard make that big of a difference in how you look?  Well, yes, actually!  When the standard uniform is scrubs, even if they are decorative, the way employee identification is worn stands out.  Sure, you could wear your identification on a standard badge holder; but convenience and style are added when you choose a decorative badge holder with a retractable reel instead.  These items are easy to find and quite affordable, so the busy nurse can grab a beaded lanyard or decorative badge holder to suit every mood or every season.

Now that you look professional and feel great with your beaded lanyard, check out some more of the apps you’ll want to use on the job!

  • Infuse is a drug infusion calculator that will help any nurse in any setting. This widely popular app allows nurses to set up a custom hospital database of standard concentrations. Once their database is set up, the nurse is then able to plug in a patient’s weight and dose desired.  The app then provides an infusion rate immediately. The Infuse app is convenient and easy to use, allowing nurses to change dosages quickly when necessary. 
  • PediSTAT is the app that any pediatric nurse will want to make the most of.  This app has been called the Broselow tape for the iPhone. To use this app, the nurse need only plug in a child’s age or weight. With this information, the app instantly provides a guide to airway equipment sizes, drug dosages, fluid/blood resuscitation, seizure treatment, normal vitals, sedation dosing, pain management and much more.  With so much to remember on the job and the need to access information quickly, this app is highly effective.
  • The Kathy White Fast Facts handbook is hugely popular among nurses, and now the pertinent information found in this handbook is available in a (far less bulky) app for the iPhone.  Using this app, the busy nurse has access to valuable critical care and emergency information with the tap of their mobile device.

Apps for the iPhone are a part of life now, and using this device wisely pays off for those in the medical profession.

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5 Great Tools for the Busy Nurse

Posted in Nursing Tips tagged , at 7:14 am by Nursing Tales Team

As any nurse can attest to, there are many tools of the trade that make the job run more smoothly.  There’s nothing like a useful tool to make you more effective at your job quickly and easily.  Here, we will take a look at some of the best tools for any nurse in any setting.  Most of these tools are general enough to work well across the board, while one or two may be specialized for the hospital setting.

Lanyards and badge holders are widely used in the health care industry, and have been for some time now.  However, for a long time that was just because they were useful.  Now, with the innovation of the beaded lanyard and decorative holders, lanyards and badge holders are more stylish than ever.  In the medical setting, with scrubs being the standard uniform, nurses and other medical professionals may find themselves looking for ways to add panache to their work attire.  The beaded lanyard is one way to ensure you look and feel great on the job while lanyards and badge holders are holding your necessary identification or electronic keys.

Technology provides ample opportunity for nurses to accomplish their tasks as smoothly as possible.  When you know what is available to you in terms of technology, you can arm yourself with new tools as they come onto the market.  The iPhone is one tool that allows the busy nurse to find new technology that will help them do their job.  Here are four applications (apps) that nurses are raving about.

  • The A.D.A.M. Symptom Navigator is an app that is now commonly used by patients.  While the nurse may not need the help of the app to determine the symptoms of their patients, it is useful to know what your patients are looking at on their own and how they may be assessing their own symptoms.  Knowledge is power, so take advantage of this resource!
  • Epocrates Rx is a free iPhone app that does not require a wireless connection because the app is downloaded right to your mobile device.  With this handy app comes a drug guide, formulary information and drug interaction checker.  With regular alerts to new updates and medical news, the busy nurse will never be without the most recent information related to pharmaceuticals.
  • The iChart app is great for keeping important patient information organized and safe.  This app stores patient data in an organized fashion.  Data stored included lists and medications and other important information that you need to access quickly.
  • Continuing education is a large part of any nurse’s life and career.  Now there is an easier way than ever to stay up to date with continuing education credits with the ReachMD CME iPhone application.  This convenient app is easy to use and also provides fully accredited Continuing Medical Education units for credit you can get right through your iPhone or even your iTouch.

The apps mentioned here are just a few of those available to help nurses.  Many more can be found, and we’ll take a closer look at more in our next post!