4 Helpful Nursing Mobile Apps You Should Download

Today, there are apps for just about everything, including some that are excellent resources for nurses. Whether you are looking to deepen your understanding of a specific topic or need to look something up quickly at work, don’t worry- there’s an app for that! Here are some the best ones that we’ve found.


This app has a multitude of uses for both practicing nurses and nursing students. The Epocrates app functions likes a medical reference “pocket guide”, although it is not exclusive to nursing. Epocrates has a drug reference library, lab reference section, multiple types of medical calculators, and medical diagnoses section. This app is a great “all in one” resource.


This app focuses strictly on medications and has a plethora of information. An RN or nursing student can use the app to search for a specific medication or look up common medications used in various medical conditions. The Drugs.com app also has a drug interaction checker which verifies whether medication can be given together.


This app is an excellent tool for medication, relaxation, and stress reduction. Healthcare workers experience tremendous amounts of stress while taking care of patients, and the stress often effects sleep and personal lives. The Headspace app can be used before or after work, or even during a quick break at work or clinical, to find peace and mental clarity.

Nursing Dictionary by Farlex

This app works like a traditional virtual dictionary, but is geared towards nurses and healthcare workers. The Nursing Dictionary compiles trusted information from Mosby’s, Elsevier, and McGraw-Hill. Nurses, healthcare workers, and students can use this app to strengthen their confidence in medical terminology knowledge and to educate the patients they care for. The Nursing dictionary includes information such as medical terminology definitions, drug facts and interactions, anatomy and physiology, nursing interventions, the nursing process, pathophysiology and disease processes, and diagnostic tests.

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Dr. Jenna Liphart Rhoads is a registered nurse and a nurse educator. She earned a BSN from Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing and an MS in nursing education from Northern Illinois University. Jenna earned a PhD in education with a concentration in nursing education from Capella University where she researched the moderation effects of emotional intelligence on the relationship of stress and GPA in military veteran nursing students.