How to convince your workplace to get you an iPhone

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I’m an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner for two busy community emergency departments in central Indiana. I’m also a paramedic with a critical-care transport ambulance service. Having been involved with emergency and pre-hospital care since 1982, I’m convinced that every nurse needs to carry handheld technology.

And if you print out this article and share it at your workplace, your boss might be convinced, too.

So why did I start using handheld technology? Why do I frequently share my experiences with colleagues (physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, paramedics)? Why do I think all healthcare providers should have the ability to use these devices?

Answer: The wealth of information that handheld technology provides, no matter where your patient encounter takes place, allows you to deliver care that is safer than relying on your memory or an outdated print resource.

And without further ado, what is my recommendation for the best smartphone for nurses? The iPhone. I began using handheld technology in 1999 when Palm, Inc. introduced the Palm V electronic personal digital assistant (PDA). Although my handheld device of choice has evolved over time, I still have a very strong place in my heart for the ease and simplicity of Palm products and I still have a trusty Palm T|X at my disposal. But in the last year I have been making the migration to the Apple iPhone. The reason I choose the iPhone is because it incorporates a very intuitive operating platform for applications that assist me in my career as an ACNP with an incredible smartphone. One device does almost everything I want it to do. And here is the Scrubs Magazine list of the top 10 iPhone apps for nurses.

Each month I’ll review one or two software applications used on handheld devices, and share with you how these applications have made my job easier and perhaps safer for the patients I care for. These are applications that I actually use on a daily basis.

Stay tuned for my first application review: the Eponyms app (available for iPhone, Palm, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile and Pocket PC), a handy database of, well, eponyms!

This is my first article for Scrubs, and I look forward to sharing many more technology tips with you. My colleague, Andrew Craig, and I hope to share our experiences with you regarding point-of-care technology and how it may benefit you: the busy clinical nurse. Be sure to check out Andrew Craig’s take on the best smartphone for nurses and the best PDAs and apps for nurses.

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Andrew Bowman

Andrew J. Bowman, MSN, RN, ACNP-BC, is an acute nurse practitioner and trauma nurse specialist. He resides and works in Lebanon, Indiana.

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9 Responses to How to convince your workplace to get you an iPhone

  1. TexasRN

    Thank goodness your eleven degrees / certifications were at the end of this article or I might not have had any time left to read it. You have an impressive array of credentials, and I understand taking pride in and credit for your hard work. However, when considering whether it is imperative you list every single one of them at the risk of looking pretentious, which you do, I would consider your audience. You are writing an article for nurses, not paramedics, so that eliminates one immediately. You are also writing an article geared towards a general body of nurses from various specialities. Taking that into account, I would submit Andrew J. Bowman, MSN, RN, ACNP (either BC or C) would have been adequate. With all due respect, the list below is unnecessary information for the reader within the context of this article.

    Masters of Science in Nursing,
    Registered Nurse,
    Acute Care Nurse Practitioner-Board Certified,
    Acute Care Nurse Practitioner-Certified,
    Trauma Nurse Specialist,
    Certified Emergency Nurse,
    Certified Transport Registered Nurse,
    Certified Pediatric Registered Nurse,
    Critical Care Registered Nurse-CMC
    Cardiovascular Registered Nurse I,
    National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians Paramedic

  2. Gary Wharton

    Looks like alphabet soup and are mostly superfluous fluff and more than likely loses the reader after reaching the initials after RN.


    Gary Wharton, RN, CEN

  3. Shawnee LPN

    I’m interested in hearing more about your reviews on specific applications! I do not yet have an iphone, but hope to get one maybe this year. I’m very interested in the nursing applications (and how much they cost…) and would like to know what others think that actually use them on a daily basis.

  4. i am defenitly NOT sure how this artical would convince any bos to by anyonebody anything at all. I am not sure why you like the iphone. I am not sure why you would put up with AT&T just for the Iphone. what is it about the Iphone that you like. what apps do use use in the medical field and why?

  5. so what should i do to convince my boss to get me an Iphone? What are the steps i should take???

  6. Susan M. Reese RN MBA

    Hi Andrew,

    I agree that the future is in mobile.

    As the Senior Industry Consultant for Healthcare at Kronos Incorporated, the leading workforce management solution provider for healthcare, I would welcome an opportunity to show you the Mobile Staff Scheduler we introduced at HIMSS this year.

    If you are interested, please contact me at…you may aslo want to follow me on Twitter at sreeseRNMBA


  7. Buffy Stine-Weitzel

    I have a I-PHONE so what are the apps I should down load ? And Sean AT&T IS A GREAT CELL PHONE CO. been with them 16 years and still with them so just cuz u had a bad time with them maybe it was u and not AT&T .

  8. Andrew Bowman

    Future articles, one each month, will address specific applications that we (myself and my writing partner, Andrew Craig) find useful. This was an introductory article to discuss the ease of use and how one device incorporates a phone with access to useful reference material/information at the point of care.

  9. riverlady

    If I showed this to my boss, she would laugh in my face! And she is an awesome woman to work for (honest!) There is nothing that makes a case in this article for why it is necessary to have my elderly patients thinking I am constantly on my cellphone all day…