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Survey shows 85 percent of nurses want Drug Handbook app

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A new survey has found that 85 percent of nurses and nursing students would like to be able to use smartphones to access current drug information on the job.

Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, publisher of the Nursing 2013 Drug Handbook, conducted a survey of 3,900 nurses and nursing students and found that 85 percent wanted a smartphone app of the guide.

The study additionally found that 71 percent of nursing professionals already use a smartphone as part of their job, and 66 percent of nursing students used a smartphone for nursing school.

While 85 percent of those surveyed want access to an app of the Nursing 2013 Drug Handbook, 89 percent desire both the app and the print version.

Do you agree with the majority of nurses in the survey that having the Nursing 2013 Drug Handbook in app form would help you in your job or studies?

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One Response to Survey shows 85 percent of nurses want Drug Handbook app

  1. David Trogdon RN

    I use Skyscape’s Nursing Constellation with the Davis Drug Guide. Anything that saves me a few steps during the day is a plus and have the drug guide in my pocket instead of walking to the nurse’s station is a plus. Next it updates on a regular basis so I’m sure of the latest meds and changes. Apps like this often have additional modules like drug calculators, medical alerts, recalls and so on that can prove useful. Of course with smartphones you have the web to look up that rare syndrome or what ever from time to time. I think the biggest issue that nurses may have is the perception they may be texting their friends or what ever instead of working. If you don’t overuse or abuse the tool, I think it will be rapidly accepted in the work environment.

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