Apps are a way of life. Everyone knows how fun (and distracting) an app can be. But have you considered how useful they could be if you put them to work?

There are apps for nurses which can help coordinate your schedule, calculate drug prescription amounts, offer news on the profession overall and aid in setting a patient’s care plan. Having these resources at your fingertips (literally) can make your smartphone a powerful tool on the job.

Here are our picks for the top 10 apps for nurses for both Android and iOS.

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As a patient, have you ever felt that a nurse or doctor didn’t ‘get’ you? If so, did you follow the provider’s instructions, or want to go back to see him or her again?

Healthcare provider attitudes are extremely important to a patient’s comfort level, satisfaction and even follow-through, said Catherine Browning, DNP, RN, PMHNP-BC, a Missouri-based psychiatric nurse practitioner and recent graduate of Chamberlain’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program.

The potential for disconnect between the patient and the provider can be even more acute when the two are from different cultural backgrounds.

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Love anatomy and physiology? The chance to do innovative things in a highly disciplined environment? Surgical nursing might be the specialty for you.

Lori Armbruster, MSN, RN, is Faculty Chair at Chamberlain’s St. Louis campus and a surgical nurse with 28 years of experience in the OR. She explained that surgical, or perioperative, nursing may have a long learning curve, but for nurses who love technology and organization, it can make for a very satisfying career.

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Nursing come in many forms and settings — correctional, labor & delivery and home carejust to name a few. Each of these settings often has its own unique rules and procedures, beyond the general best practices all nurses know and follow.

So it should come as no surprise that, around the world, healthcare standards and practices vary dramatically from one country to another.

For instance, did you know that, in the Philippines, a significant number of doctors head back to medical school to become nurses?

Find out more about this and other interesting nursing facts from around the world in this infographic put together by Scrubsmag.com.

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Long after the final test is taken and your graduation cap has been tossed in the air, you may find your thoughts wandering to friends you made and acquaintances you met during your education.

As new responsibilities and commitments may pull you in different directions, it can be difficult to stay connected and keep in touch with your classmates. Moreover, you may find yourself wondering if it’s even necessary to do so. It might take a little extra effort to maintain those connections post-graduation, but staying in touch with classmates provides many benefits, both personally and professionally.

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Like all nurses, Lynn Elliott, MS, RN, started her career wanting to make a difference in the lives of others. Now, after 40 years of nursing and impacting countless lives, she has been honored by the state of Florida for her contributions to public health, named one of the Sunshine state’s public health heroes.

But when she started out, she was only driven by a desire to help. And it was this drive which brought Elliott to new challenges and helped her overcome them.

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Whether it’s an early morning or a late night, a long shift can be tough to get through. There are a lot of factors which can contribute to how you feel as your shift progresses, and one of the biggest can be hunger.

Earlier this year, we made our picks for the Top 5 Nutritional Snacks for Nurses, but we wanted to hear from you too. So we asked our fans on Facebook to share which foods they reach for when they need a boost. Here are the most popular responses:

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Online classes are a great way to learn. Benefits for students include flexibility to attend class from wherever they have a computer and internet connection, access to course materials 24 hours a day and the ability to learn from an institution they might not otherwise have access to.

Still, many students may feel wary about learning outside the classroom.

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Elizabeth Fildes, EdD, RN, CNE, CARN-AP, APHN-BC, DACACD, may be one nurse, but through her work, she’s helped improve the lives of thousands of people.

A professor in Chamberlain’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program, Dr. Fildes founded the Nevada Tobacco Users’ Helpline in 1997 – a service that to date has served 40,000 people in their struggle to quit smoking.

Now she’s bringing her expertise back to her native Philippines as a volunteer consultant for the country’s new tobacco users’ quitline.

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You’ve studied nonstop for nearly three years. You can do medical calculations in your head. You’re on your way to graduating and becoming the nurse you have always wanted to be.

As you approach your final semesters of nursing school, it’s important to take some time and really examine your career goals and aspirations, says Sarah Vollmer, senior career services advisor at Chamberlain. “Think critically about where you are in your career, what’s important to you and where you want your career to go.”

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