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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