The opportunities for nurses to make a difference come hard and fast once you begin that career path, sometimes while you’re still just studying to be a nurse. Last week, for example, a nursing student used CPR to save the life of a woman at the Indy 500. So with that in mind, you can understand how important it is to soak up as much information as you can-in class, out of class, and even after graduation. Fortunately, there are a lot of tools out there to help keep your mind sharp and ready to go, and most of them are just a few clicks away.
- VisibleBody.com is a website and app suite that helps nurses enhance their understanding of anatomy and physiology. Think of it like a 3D atlas of the human body, with cross-sections that allow you to look deeper and in more detail at the systems, organs, muscles, or functions you’re hoping to study. There’s even a kids’ version of the app available if you have a little one who’d like to study alongside you. You can check out VisibleBody.com here.
- Nursing-Informatics is a tutorial website that doesn’t just start with flash cards and mnemonics. It offers self-assessment tests to help you first identify which areas you need the most work. The site primarily focuses on the technical and utility abilities of nursing-using the computers and other technical medical equipment on a day-to-day basis. “It is important that nurses feel confident in their use of computers and software in the practice setting,” the site explains, “especially at the bedside, in order to be able to attend to the client at the same time.” You can check out the free self-assessment test here.
- Lippincott Nursing Center is a website created for nurses by nurses and so, unsurprisingly, it contains lots of information that most nurses will find useful. Whether you’re looking for job opportunities, articles on the latest medical breakthroughs or nursing news, or suggestions for meeting those continuing education requirements after graduation, it’s all here.
- Epocrates isn’t technically a website (it’s an app), but it’s one that definitely deserves a mention on any list of helpful tools. Epocrates condenses a library of drug-reference guides into one smart phone app, helping nurses do everything from checking for harmful drug interactions to referencing drug guidelines to helping identify prescription drugs visually. It’s not a free app, unfortunately, but with over a million users in the medical field, it’s hard to argue with its effectiveness.
- RN Central. Okay, we admit it, this one (RN Central’s list of 100 best websites for nurses) is a bit of a cop out, but this list is just too good not to mention. Whether you’re looking for tutorials, communities, blogs, or even entertainment, you should have no trouble finding it here. There are even nine sites dedicated to simply helping you find a job.
There’s a popular myth about sharks that says a shark will drown if it ever stops moving forward. While that may not actually be true about sharks, it is true about a career in medical fields. The world of medicine is constantly growing and evolving, and if you want to stay afloat, plan to keep learning long after you’ve passed those nursing school classes.
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