Nursing Apps to Manage Time

Currently the most accessible mobile apps for health providers focus on access to knowledge. It makes sense, as it is the lowest hanging fruit. This doesn’t meant that it is easy though, rather that it isn’t as complex as other challenges.

There is a wide range of available options of apps out there for nurses. Raney Linck (@RNNext) does a great job of covering apps in medicine at Many of them really focus on information related to drugs, disease, and healthcare management of the patient.

Information is a huge gap in healthcare. Many hospitals and healthcare providers don’t have access to information support. The affordability and accessibility of mobile applications can make a dramatic impact on care of patients. It is a good thing, however, there are many other challenges that mobile apps can help us take on as well.

This morning a radio program was talking about the limited time nurses actually get to spend with patients. They also talked about the role of interdisciplinary care and maximizing the role of all involved.

My thought, was how can apps also maximize the time nurses spend with patients. Then I got an email about an app Nurse Time. An interesting idea for sure.

One of the biggest challenges as patient load and complexity of patient care needs increase is time. Now, I don’t think there is such time management. No matter how good a manager of time you may think you are only get 24 hours in a day. Period. The different comes when we can set our priorities different, when we can improve how effectively and efficiently we do things. For example, decrease documentation time, less time checking charts and finding information, and increasing time with patients.

Now the Nurse Time app is okay at best. It could help set some alarms and take a note here and there, and make managing the information and priorities of a shift easier. Underneath it though, the concept is very interesting.

The next generation of apps for nurses will help set priorities, document and share information, with patients and other providers. That is where the next frontier of apps for nurses is heading, and their value will be measure by increase of time with patients, complexity that can be dealt with, cross-team collaboration, and improved patient outcomes.

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2 Responses to “Nursing Apps to Manage Time”

  1. Very Excellent post Rob!

    My day at work: “How long have I been waiting for a chart? Why do I have to document a consult in 4 places? Is there a faster way to clean equipment between patients? When is best time for teaching patient to self-administer injections?”

    I find one of the most challenging things about my job as a general duty nurse to be the mental energy I put in to finding control over my ever-shifting to-do list…without resorting to nurse-hacks and shortcuts.

    As an aside: The small, but meaningful successes of the Releasing Time To Care projects (in Manitoba, Ontario and Saskatchewan) have been inspiring in re-thinking the why and how of what I’m doing on the unit.

    Technology is so often part of the “ideal solution/Utopian nursing vision” for me and I love seeing what ideas you pull onto your blog.

    The inter-operability and risk of time-wasting (or not working consistently) are big for me on this one. I can see how an app like this might be useful for research or collecting data on nursing activity. Agree that to be useful to nurses this app needs to be more sophisticated; supporting but not trumping critical-thinking in the realm of nurse-time-management.


    • Hi Holly,

      Thanks for the great thoughts, and I’m really touched you are still reading my writing. I’m trying to get more out there on the idea and generate more discussion around innovation in the nursing community.

      Looking forward to when our paths cross again next.


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