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As the amount of need-to-know information in the medical industry has grown in recent years, so has nurses’ reliance on tablets, smartphones and eTextbooks. In a recent survey, 66% of student nurses said they used smartphones for nursing school.

Susan King,  president of Chamberlain College of Nursing’s Chicago campus, recently spoke to the Chicago Tribune about the ways eTextbooks are revolutionizing nursing education. “When I started out in nursing, I carried my reference books in a large backpack in case I had to run and look something up. Now, they can look up things on their phone. Many clinical settings have iPads or workstations on wheels, so they are constantly referencing best practices,” she says.

Dr. King goes on to explain, “Printed books related to the medical field are outdated shortly after being published, as advances in medical technology and research are constantly evolving.”

Read the full article, “Ditching the Book Bag,” in the Chicago Tribune. Nurses, do you still prefer your books on paper, or have you moved your reading to the iPad?

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