Mobile Apps to Keep Nurses Healthy and Happy

    Mobile Apps to Keep Nurses Healthy and Happy

    4/12/2017 10:30:32 AM

    Looking for some apps to help you stay productive and healthy while at work, or just to add a little extra enjoyment to your day? Download some of our favorites, play around with them and see which ones appeal to you the most. 

    Nursing Game Apps

    These are perfect for relieving stress and keeping you alert.

    This game from Johnson & Johnson is part of the company’s “Campaign for Nursing’s Future.” Create your own nurse avatar see how well you can navigate the obstacles a very busy hospital throws your way. 

    Test your medical trivia knowledge. A practicing nurse created the game and wrote the majority of the questions. If your idea of relaxation includes learning, then this app is for you.

    Sharpen your clinical analysis skills by tackling the puzzles presented in the form of medical case studies.

    To win at this time-management game, you must deploy limited resources (personnel as well as equipment) as patients pour into a hospital following the outbreak of an epidemic.

    Apps to Help Ensure You Take Breaks

    Whatever your specific role requires — sitting in front of a computer or keeping going on your feet for the majority of your workday — it’s important to give yourself regular breaks. But doing so can be difficult. These apps will help remind you when it's time to step away from your duties for a few minutes.

    Configure your own breaks with this app. Not only can you specify how long they’ll last, but you can also sort them by activity type (e.g., stretch break, coffee break, etc.).

    This app reminds you to stretch and stay active throughout the day. It also features a menu of over 300 specific exercises that don’t look like exercises and won’t disturb your co-workers (or your patients). Chose from exercise categories like “Office,” “Beginner,” “Yoga,” and “Stretch.”

    This Android app offers both basic exercises as well as complete workout routines for various scenarios. Even if you don’t have much space to move around in, this app has got your active break needs covered.

    Apps to Help You Relax

    We all have days that are more stressful than others. When you’re having “one of those days,” reclaim your peace of mind with one of these apps.

    This simple mindfulness app walks you through a meditation break, complete with nature sounds and narration. And you specify the length of each meditation break, so you don’t have to worry about spending too much time clearing your thoughts.

    This app focuses on teaching diaphragmatic breathing, or belly breathing, as a tool for achieving greater focus while also managing stress.

    Remember: this is just a sampling of the many great apps currently available. And the technology only promises to continue to advance and expand. With smart, app-assisted self-care, you can rest assured that you are giving your patients the best of your time and attention.