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Nursing School Success: 10 Apps Students Swear By

10 Useful Apps that will unlock unfair advantages for you.

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Nursing School Success: 10 Apps Students Swear By.

Nursing school is demanding, requiring students to juggle a heavy course load, long clinical hours, and exams that test a vast body of knowledge. With so much on their plate, nursing students need tools that can help them stay organized, study efficiently, and make the most of their limited time.

Luckily, many great apps are available to support nursing students through the challenges of their academic program and prepare them for the realities of a nursing career.

We asked experts and professional Nurses for the 10 must-have apps that all nursing students should download to help them excel in the classroom and beyond. Whether it's sharpening clinical skills, acing exams, or simply managing the daily demands of nursing school, these apps offer invaluable assistance. Here are our top recommendations to add to your student nursing toolkit!


Studies have shown that nurses spend significant amounts of time on activities outside of direct patient care. Researchers attribute this to several things, including using technology that needs to be their support workflow. Even as a student, choosing apps that support your mission is important: to help gather and retain information and raise the quality of patient care.


Students in online nursing programs say that the right apps can make a difference in confidence levels — both during coursework and on the job. The following are some of the most helpful and useful apps for nursing students, as judged by nurses and students:

  1. Davis Mobile NCLEX-RN App — Offers more than 1,500 questions that allow you to study anytime or anywhere. It makes it easy to build quizzes, analyze your strengths and weaknesses, and create new quizzes designed to improve your performance in specific areas. Price: $19.99.

    Link Here

  2. NCLEX RN Mastery 2016 — Has more than 1,800 practice questions, quizzes, mnemonics, and strategies. Content based on past NCLEX exams. Built-in timer. Upgrades and improvements are free. Some recommend this app as a supplement to Saunders NCLEX review book.

    The basic version is free, but the larger version costs $29.99.

    Link Here 

  3. Med Mnemonics Flashcards — Provides a one-stop resource for medical mnemonics to help learners and practitioners remember essential information.

    Price: $0.99 on iTunes.

  4. Medical Surgical RN Companion — This mobile app covers 200 medical-surgical conditions and procedures, putting full-color illustrations, lab values, common formulas, and more at a nurse’s fingertips.

    Price: Free

    Link Here

  5. Code Happy: Nursing Support System - Offers a social network of peers for nurses and nursing students. It helps users gain and share perspectives on various nursing topics, from residency rounds to passing exams.

    Price: Free. 

    Link Here

  6. Nursing Central — Find detailed information on diseases, tests, drugs, and procedures. Includes a database of 5,000 drugs, 65,000 terms, hundreds of laboratory and diagnostic tests, and the latest disease information. Allows users to subscribe to nursing journals and search the entire MEDLINE/PubMed database.

    Price: Free. 

    Link Here

  7. Medscape — Sign up and obtain access to a website and an app that offers the latest medical news, FDA announcements, articles, continuing education courses, news from current conferences, and more.

    Price: Free.

    Link Here

  8. Human Anatomy Atlas — 3-D Anatomical Model — So much for Gray’s Anatomy. This award-winning app is both beautiful and useful. Features more than 3,800 images of human anatomy and structure that allow for 3-D manipulation. Critics say it is ideal for patient instruction.

    Price: $24.99. 

    Link Here

  9. Mini Nurse — Lite — Critics like this app because it is a convenient, quick reference made just for student nurses. General information on medical terminology, abbreviations, medical prefixes and suffixes, practice questions, and more. Users can even listen to heart and lung sounds. Android only.

    Price: Free. 

    Link Here

  10. NCSBN Medication Flashcards — A medication library in your phone offered by the National Council of the State Boards of Nursing. Features descriptions of thousands of drugs, including interactions, with study, aids such as the "flag-it" button for needed additional review and the "got it" button to indicate mastery of the concept. Perhaps the best feature is that it comes from the organization responsible for the NCLEX exam.

    Price: Free.


Fun Facts

  • A new study has found that nurses are more likely to experience burnout than other healthcare professionals. The study, which was published in the journal "Nursing Outlook," found that 44% of nurses reported experiencing burnout, compared to 35% of other healthcare professionals. Burnout is a syndrome characterized by emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and a sense of diminished personal accomplishment.

  • The National Council of State Boards of Nursing has announced that it will begin offering a new certification exam for nurses who specialize in telehealth. The exam, which is called the Certified Nurse in Telehealth (CNT), will be available starting in January 2024. The CNT will help to ensure that nurses who provide telehealth services are qualified to do so.

  • The World Health Organization has launched a new initiative to improve the working conditions of nurses. The initiative, called "Nurses: A Force for Change," aims to improve the safety, quality, and efficiency of healthcare by addressing the challenges that nurses face.


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