As Smartphone Usage Expands, Survey Says Nurses and Nursing Students Want Mobile Access to Credible Drug Data

By Tony Rizzo — April 26, 2012

Nurses and future nurses are using smartphones at the bedside, and want immediate access to drug reference tools. A recent survey of nearly 4,000 nurses and nursing students found that more and more nurses are turning to mobile technology to help them provide efficient and effective care. Conducted by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW), publisher of the top-selling Nursing 2013 Drug Handbook, the survey found that 85 percent of nurses and students want a smartphone app version of the drug guide. LWW is part of Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading global provider of information, business intelligence and point-of-care solutions for the healthcare industry.
 
"As the U.S. population ages and the demand for nursing care increases, nurses need easy access to drug information from a variety of sources," said Judy McCann, Chief Nursing Officer, Professional and Education, Wolters Kluwer Health. "Nurses have long relied on our pocket-sized guide to support clinical decisions, but today's nurse wants mobile access to the most current information possible."
 
LWW's poll of 3,900 nurses and nursing students found that:
  • 71 percent of nursing professionals use a smartphone for their job 
  • 66 percent of students use a smartphone for nursing school 
  • 85 percent of respondents want a mobile app version of a drug guide, while 89 percent want access to both an app version and the traditional print version 
"Today's nurses and future nurses need handheld content they can trust, so we are excited to launch a smartphone app of the industry's best selling and most trusted drug guide," said McCann.
In May, LWW is launching the first mobile app version of the Nursing 2013 Drug Handbook, the market's original and top-selling drug guide since its inception in 1980. The new smartphone app includes almost 900 drug monographs addressing more than 3,000 generic and brand name drugs. Users can search for drugs alphabetically, by pharmacologic class, and by therapeutic class. The full version of the app includes a dosage calculator, pill images, detailed monographs and weekly drug updates, all in an intuitive, easy-to-navigate program. The Nursing Drug Handbook app will be available for the iPhone, iPad and iTouch and Android devices in early May 2012. 

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