Top Nursing Apps for 2013 – In Four Key Categories


There are so many nursing apps – many useful, many simply with their intentions in the right place – that it would almost be useful to have an app to recommend the latest nursing apps.

Believe it or not, there’s an app for that…Actually, it’s a web page – – and its recommendations are pretty handy for nursing students, new nurses, and sometimes even seasoned veterans.

But with so many apps and apps of apps for nursing, we thought it would be a good idea to weigh-in ourselves on what we think are the most useful handheld nursing utilities.

Here’re our thoughts, in four key categories:

App suites and multi-utility apps

Mini Nurse Lite (Android)

A free app for student nurses with medication dosages, IV rates, nursing skills, and more, all without ads.

Nursing Constellation Plus (iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch)

A powerful suite with access to Davis’s Drug Guide for Nurses, Diseases and Disorders: A Nursing Therapeutics Manual, Davis’s Comprehensive Handbook of Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests with Nursing Implications, Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary.

Nursing Central (iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch)

A subscription-based multi-function app with access to all the major resources of Nursing Constellation Plus. (All apps continue to be accessible after the 12-month subscription period, even if you don’t renew.) While Nursing Constellation Plus is an incredible tool package for nurses, we liked Nursing Central’s big, common-sense navigation better. (Nursing Central is also currently $20 cheaper than Nursing Constellation Plus.)


Nursing best practices app

Management Guidelines for Nurse Practitioners

One in a series of best-practice guides for such professionals working in family practices, with adults, women, children, or older adults, among others. 

Informed RN Pocket Guide / Informed Emergency & Critical Care Pocket Guide

For new nurses or even experienced pros, this could be a critical tool for making successful decisions or suggestions to colleagues.

Rosen and Barkin’s 5-Minute Emergency Medicine Consult

A dynamic resource for quick answers in a pinch.



Epocrates Rx (iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch)

Possibly the best free nursing app, this is one all nurses and nursing students should install. Even if you end up upgrading to Nursing Central or Nursing Constellation Plus, for e.g., Epocrates Rx is a nice cross-reference to Unbound Medicine’s Davis’s Drug Guide.

Bio Dictionary

Covers most general biological terms. Two methods are offered for searching, PLUS terms and their explanations are audible. (A nifty feature.)

Journal Watch

This handy tool from the Massachusetts Medical Society keeps an eye out for new papers published on topics and/or areas of interest of your choosing.

Pocket Medical Spanish with Audio

An indispensible tool for those with little functional Spanish-speaking experience, or really anyone who isn’t completely fluent.



Brings over 201 common medical calculations and scoring tools to your fingertips “with simplicity and elegance.”


Keep track of patients through this personal medical assistant. It stores everything from patient data to charts and lists of medications in a streamlined, organized manner.

Bishop’s Score Calc

On obstetric calculator used to calculate Bishop’s Score (the score used to assess probability of impending delivery, as well as expected success rate if labor is induced.)

WAY more nursing apps

More  than 200 more medical and nursing-specific apps – everything from “5-minute Clinical Consult” to the Nurse’s Manual of Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests: