Almost 3 out of 4 nurses use smartphones for work
And 2 out of 3 nursing students use them.
It's not uncommon to run across stories about how doctors are using mobile technology—smartphones,EMRs,mobile apps, iPads and more. But you don't see much in the mainstream news about nurses and
The results of a recent survey show that the docs aren't the only ones caring for patients using smartphones. Mobihealthnews.com reports Wolters Kluwer Health's Lippincott Williams &
Wilkins (LWW) checked with almost 4,000 nurses and nursing students and found 71 percent of nurses using their smartphones in their jobs and 66 percent of
students using them in nursing school.
Of those surveyed, 85 percent said they'd like smart phone apps of LWW's Nursing 2013 Drug Handbook and 87 percent said they'd like a smartphone
app version of the text in addition to the print version.
The mobile app handbook comes out this month for iPhone, iPad and Android devices.
An article in The New York Times says the use of smartphones in nursing school helps "move away from the profession's dependence on
committing vast amounts of information to memory."
reports, "It is not that nurses need to know less, educators say, but that the amount of essential data has exploded."
With companies like Volate working with health care facilities across the company to combine
"high-definition voice calls, critical care alarms and presence-based text features" and with apps like Your Nurse Is On automating nurse scheduling, it looks as if the
smartphone may become an essential for nurses.
About that 70-some percent number—don't you suppose we'll see it grow?