Apps for Travel Nurses: Top Six Apps Every Nurse Should Have

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By GHR Travel Nursing

July 18, 2019



The Top Six Apps Every Travel Nurse Should Have

This article was provided by: GHR Travel Nursing

What are the best apps for travel nurses?

Apps have become a vital need in today’s society. There is an app for everything, and there is no shortage of helpful apps you can use to enrich any shift. Along with medical information-based apps, several fun apps can keep you physically healthy by utilizing trackers and reminders. We’ve chosen our top six favorite mobile applications that are must-haves for travel nurses. Below you will find these top apps for travel nurses.

Top Apps for Travel Nurses:



Medscape is on our list of top apps for travel nurses because the days of carrying clunky manuals and guides for (not-so) quick medical knowledge are over. With a few swipes and a little typing, you can get a quick refresher on any topic in a matter of seconds using Medscape.

Medscape is the cream of the crop when it comes to medical apps. While Medscape is very popular among nursing students, it is often used by professionals for quick knowledge at their fingertips.

The app contains several tools, including a drug-interaction checker, medical calculators, pill ID tools, and drug reference tools. Also, there is a ton of evidence-based disease and condition references and formulary information.


Free (activity trackers range in price)

Fitbit is a one-stop shop when it comes to wellness and fitness. It is an excellent addition to our list of top apps for travel nurses. This popular app tracks your sleep, steps, heart rate, and more.

Travel nurses are on their feet. All. The. Time. FitBit shows you exactly how many miles you walk and floors you climb with real-time tracking. It is oddly satisfying to check your FitBit and see that you have walked 12,000 steps during your shift. Plus, who doesn’t love it when their wrist vibrates after hitting their daily step count goal?

FitBit provides data related to your sleeping patterns and will make you more aware of your physical well-being.

Taber’s Medical Dictionary


The travel nursing world is fast-paced, and sometimes you need to research something to make decisions and perform tasks quickly. Taber’s has turned their renowned medical dictionary into an easy-to-use app to increase your job’s efficiency. This complete health science dictionary will help students and professionals alike brush up on terms and quickly access information.

Features include entries over 65,00 terms, hundreds of videos, pronunciations, and full-color illustrations. With this app, it’s easier than ever to search for reliable material in a matter of seconds.

Google Translate


As a travel nurse, you never know what type of people you may come into contact with. This can often include patients that do not speak English. This can put a serious barrier to patient care. If a translator is not readily available, especially in emergencies, Google Translate is your go-to tool to communicate with patients and/or their families.

Google Translate lets a person type or speak a message into the phone, and it is translated into the other person’s language. For example, you can speak, “are you allergic to any medications?” on the phone, and the app will immediately repeat that in Spanish for the patient. The patient can answer, and their response will be displayed/repeated in English.

My Water Balance


You’re engulfed in patient care during a twelve-hour hectic and busy shift. Finding the time to take care of yourself between rounds and charting can be hard. Specifically, it can be difficult to remember to drink enough water. My Water Balance is a helpful app all nurses can benefit from. Making this a great contender for our list of top apps for travel nurses.

The application features a water requirement calculator, reminders, statistics, graphs, and motivational awards. With My Water Balance, you can log each glass of water you drink daily and be reminded when you need more to consume your goal. It may seem silly to have an app reminding you to drink water, but My Water Balance is surprisingly motivational and will help you increase your water intake. A healthy travel nurse is a happy travel nurse.

Nurses Pocket Guide


While this app may have a high price tag, travel nurses report that the Nurses Pocket Guide is helpful, convenient, and well worth the investment. This is why it made our list of top apps for travel nurses.

The Nurse’s Pocket Guide is an app version of a longstanding print manual. Created just for nurses, the app helps assess patients and determine proper nursing diagnoses and treatment protocols. Arranged by priority, each diagnosis includes a definition, desired outcomes, risk factors, actions/interventions, documentation focus, and more. Nurse’s Pocket Guide also includes information on basic nursing processes and their applications, as well as sample care plans and tips for creating them.

The above apps for nurses are fantastic to have in your toolset and will make you work more efficiently and effectively. We hope they will add balance to both your work and personal life.

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