Op-ed: Top 4 apps for healthcare students

If you’re not weaving these applications into the fabric of your classroom, now’s the time.

nursing-apps-healthcareWhether through simulation experiences, use of social media, or flipping the classroom, schools of nursing seem to be setting the bar as it pertains to responding to student needs in such a fast-paced, agile environment.

Using technology by way of apps and web-based discussion boards to enhance the student experience is a way of life at Fairfield University’s School of Nursing, which has been named among the nation’s ten best schools at which to earn a degree in nursing, alongside Ivy League institutions like Columbia and University of Pennsylvania.

According to Bright Hub, “Students are taught in small class sizes using the latest medical technology to provide a strong theory-based knowledge” at the University. It’s no surprise then that the SON faculty are well-versed in integrating technology into their teaching and learning.

I recently caught up with Dr. Jackie Conelius, assistant professor of nursing within the Fairfield University School of Nursing. She shared with me four tech apps/environments that she uses to support the classroom experience for her graduate students.

1. Epocrates: Epocrates is recognized for developing the #1 medical application among U.S. physicians and nurse practitioners for clinical content and decision support at the point of care for medications and prescribing medications.

2. CV Risk Assess: Calculates your 10-year risk of heart disease or stroke using the algorithm published in 2013 ACC/AHA Guideline on the Assessment of Cardiovascular Risk.

3. Figure 1: Figure 1 is a community for medical and nursing professionals to safely share clinical cases and discuss treatment.

4. QuantiaMD: QuantiaMD helps validated clinician members to stay ahead by participating in short expert presentations, asking each other questions, and discussing how to use what they learn within their practice.

 Paige Francis is the CIO at Fairfield University.