4 Apps for Every Nurse

In today’s society, technology can be extremely helpful in the workplace. This is especially true for the fast-paced field of nursing. Luckily, hundreds of applications now exist to help nurses of all levels excel in their field.

But how do you determine which apps will be useful, and which will be a waste of storage on your device. Don’t worry – we’ve rounded up a list of apps every nurse should have.

 Google Translate


Availability: Android, Apple

Cost: Free

It is probable that you will come across a non-English speaking patient at some point in your career. But what do you do when this happens?

Google Translate is the answer to that question.

Kevin from Mighty Nurse points out, “sometimes you don’t need to get an interpreter – you just need to ask a simple question or know a simple phrase to communicate with a patient.”2

Google Translate is a good app to have on hand to do such that. It even has a feature that allows you (or even the patient) to speak into the device, and it will translate from there.

 Nursing Essentials


Availability: Android, Apple

Cost: $7.99 (Android), $5.99 (Apple),

The Nursing Essentials app is beneficial for nurses in any stage of their career.

This jam-packed app includes information on vital assessments, respiratory, neurological and mental health topics.3 It also has sections on CPR, pediatrics, cardiovascular and more.4

Mary Elizabeth from Nurse Buff says this app is a necessity. “It has all the information you need—from medications, immunizations and abbreviations to terminologies and, you’re thinking right, anatomy!”

This is a good app to have at your fingertips when you need a quick reference guide. It includes all the fundamentals required on the job.

 Black’s Medical Dictionary


Availability: Android, Apple

Cost: $14.99 (Android, Apple)

This dictionary has been one of the best-selling medical dictionaries over the past 100 years – and now it’s in app form.5

According to Rasmussen College, the app includes over 5,000 definitions.6 When you need to quickly look up a term, Black’s Medical Dictionary is a reliable source.

Pill Identifier


Availability: Apple

Cost: $0.99

This app allows you to search for pills by shape, color, imprint and drug name in a database of more than 14,000 Rx/OTC medications found in the U.S.8 

Joseph from The Nerdy Nurse poses a common situation where this app would come in handy. “Let’s say you are on your clinical rounds and your patient has to take six different medications. But he drops his pills on the floor and you have no idea which pill is for what.”9

This app would let you search the characteristics of each pill to determine what they were.

Are there any apps that you use day-to-day that you think other nurses should know about? Share them in the comments below!



  1. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.translate&hl=en
  2. http://www.mightynurse.com/6-actually-useful-apps-for-nurses-stories/
  3. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/nursing-essentials/id351739090?mt=8
  4. http://www.capella.edu/blogs/cublog/10-apps-for-nurses-in-online-nursing-programs/
  5. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mobi.android3.BlacksMedicalDictionary
  6. http://www.rasmussen.edu/degrees/nursing/blog/best-nursing-apps/
  7. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pill-identifier-by-drugs.com/id398305495?mt=8
  8. http://www.drugs.com/apps/
  9. http://thenerdynurse.com/2013/01/11-super-awesome-apps-for-nurses.html
  10. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mobi.android3.BlacksMedicalDictionary
  11. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/blacks-medical-dictionary/id585683398?mt=8
  12. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/google-translate/id414706506?mt=8
  13. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.informedpublishing.RNGuide&hl=en