By MidlevelU Intern and BSN in Training Olivia DeFilippo

In the medical field, new discoveries are made very day. So, as a nurse, the information you are expected to retain seems endless. Nurses, nursing students, and nurse practitioners are expected to master this knowledge as new discoveries are made leaving many healthcare professionals struggling to keep up with the frenetic pace of always changing medical information. 

As a nursing student I am taking multiple classes while simultaneously learning anatomy, physiology, and pharmacology. This is no easy task. Fortunately, there are some apps I have used to help memorize the information I need to become an RN. Here are two of my favorites. 

Pocket Body

The Pocket Body app made by Pocket Anatomy depicts a 3-dimensional view of either the male or female body. As you move through anatomical structures, from superficial to deep you will note pins placed on structures of the musculoskeletal neurovascular, circulatory and lymphatic systems as well as the internal organs. Each structure is pinned for identification and is accompanied by relevant information. You can test yourself on your anatomical knowledge and take notes about each structure within the app. 

The Pocket Body app is perfect for nurses to use as a visual aid for their patients when communicating with them about a specific body part. This app also serves as a great way to study on-the-go. 

Isabel Symptom Checker

The Isabel Symptom Checker is pretty amazing. You simply plug in the symptoms your patient is experiencing and the app provides you with a list of possible diagnoses. When clicking on a disease or disorder you discover more information further helping you make a diagnosis. The Isabel Symptom Checker is useful for nursing, nurse practitioner, or medical students in clinical settings or when studying the various manifestations of a particular disease. A handy bookmarking feature allows you easy access to searches you would like to revisit at a later time. 

It is easy to get stressed about all you need to know in nursing school given the constant flow of information. But, don’t fret. There are many tools and resources available, such as Pocket Body and the Isabel Symptom Checker, to help you master the ever-growing mountain of nursing knowledge. Good luck studying!


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