Nursing tasks have become so much easier with the help of technology. And we’re not only talking about medical apparatus; there are also smart gadgets which nurses can use to boost their personal productivity and efficiency.
After searching far and wide, we have finally come up with a list of the best gadgets that nurses and nursing students must have:
1. USB Audio Voice Recorder.
This is best to use if you are a student nurse who needs to take down notes during a very long lecture. Just record the whole lesson and listen to it later. It has an easy-to-use ON/OFF switch and hidden recording feature, making it an ideal gadget to bring during lectures. This portable gadget records clear sounds in WAV format and can last up to 15 hours on a single charge.
2. Wearable Notepad.
Nurses love taking down notes of just about everything. Wear this mini-whiteboard on your wrist (like it’s a cool watch), and you’ll never forget all the important details again! Designed for easy note taking in busy work environments such as hospitals, this writing gadget is very lightweight and a perfect gift for every nurse you know.
3. Livescribe Echo Smartpen.
Tons of cool pens are available in the market today. You can even choose a smart pen, which records everything you write. Now that’s what we call a really SMART pen.
Manufactured by Livescribe, this innovative writing tool lets you record everything you write, hear, or say and links the audio recordings to your notes. It digitizes your notes so you can easily save and play them on your computer, or share them with others via email. It also has a search feature which helps you find specific words fast.
4. Ampule Opener/Cracker.
For your own safety, you need to keep this always ready. It will help you a lot in opening ampules, and will definitely save time too! It has a disposable plastic fracture and safety collar that will help you break open pre-scored glass ampules with no hassle. Now you can ditch your fear of opening ampules and finish more tasks the easy way!
5. Vein Finder.
Because we are given the chance to enjoy a high-tech generation, we need to make the most out of it. A vein finder, for example, will make our nursing lives so much easier! Available only in the US, this transilluminator vein finder is designed to help nurses find veins both in adults and children. In addition to finding veins, this innovative tool is also used in closing veins and stretching the skin for easier access even without the use of tourniquet.
Perfect for student nurses, you can use this to review lessons via e-books that you can download anytime online. Nurses can use it to read lovely novels too! Kindle Paperwhite has a long-lasting battery and uses a unique technology to ensure no screen glare in bright sunlight and to help you read without suffering from eyestrain.
7. Posture Sensor.
Nurses often work too much that they tend to forget to maintain a good posture. This gadget’s sensor gently vibrates whenever you slouch from your lower back. It can also track your sitting time, steps, distance, calories burned, hours you sleep and even your sleep positions.
8. Mug Warmer.
Most, if not all, nurses love coffee or tea, and it will be really awesome if we can keep our cup of coffee warm for a long period of time, especially while we are busy working. This is exactly what this mug warmer is for. It features a very convenient On/Off switch as well as an extended cord length which makes it an ideal gadget to help you keep your favorite beverage hot wherever you are.
What other gadgets do you think nurses and student nurses must have? Share them with us!
About the Author: Mary Elizabeth Velarmino Francisco earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree from the Ateneo de Zamboanga University, Philippines. She is always happy to share her passion for writing and blogging. With coffee running through her veins, she enthusiastically battles each day, one article at a time.