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Nursing Essentials app for iPhone and iPad

4.8 ( 9168 ratings )
Reference Medical
Developer: Informed Publishing
5.99 USD
Current version: 2.1.5, last update: 1 year ago
First release : 12 Apr 2010
App size: 23.08 Mb

Nursing Essentials™ for iPhone & iPod Touch gives you immediate access to the critical information nurses need, in an easy to use app with rich content, detailed illustrations, and pioneering features.

* Quick navigation to critical information
* Custom bookmarks let you quickly return to your favorite pages
* Expanded search capability
* Add notes to a page
* Additional Calculators
* Emergency Number Dialer
* Patient Notes section

Best of all, you know you can depend on Nursing Essentials™ for iPhone, because it was created by Informed Publishing®—the trusted leader in emergency reference information since 1986. Informeds print and digital guides are carried in the pockets, on mobile devices, and in the emergency vehicles of over one million first responders nationwide.

Whether you are a beginning or experienced nurse, this guide will be an essential tool throughout your career. Nursing Essentials™ is the one resource that both recent graduates and lifelong nurses depend on to keep all the information they need at their fingertips.

"I was glad when I stumbled upon the iPhone versions of the Emergency and Critical Care Guide™ and Nursing Essentials™...The iPhone versions are perfect, in my opinion...Needless to say, this is exponentially easier now that they are all on my iPhone, and just as easy to use."

-Nita K. Love, RN

The second edition Nursing Essentials™ includes vital assessment information, with updated and expanded sections devoted to cardiovascular, respiratory, neurological, pediatric, OB, GI/GU, and mental health topics. The new mental health section covers common disorders (anxiety, personality, bipolar, chemical dependency, eating disorders, schizophrenia, somatoform) and mental health assessment.

It provides updated reference information on drugs, infusions, and laboratory values, with information on medications, blood products, calculations, and PO, SQ, IM, IO administration procedures, with a new expanded section on IV administration guidelines. Also featured are fluids, electrolytes, and acid-base imbalances, as well as a new pain assessment chart and Spanish translations.

* Acid-Base Imbalances
* Complete Neurological Assessment
* Pediatric Drug Dosages
* Pain Assessment
* Geriatric & Cultural Considerations
* Organ Donation Considerations
* Burn and Dermatome Charts
* Abbreviations
* Metric Conversions
* Immunizations
* Spanish translations
* Restraint and Back Safety
* Tips For Workload / Report Organization
* Insertion / Management of Catheters, Gastric, and Chest Tubes

Featuring interactive calculators for Glasgow, burns, and metric conversions.


Informed Publishing® offers a full product line of references for the medical and first response markets, as well as a consumer line for home and family emergency preparedness. Informed references are available in a variety of formats, including pocket-sized print guides, PDF editions, and now apps for the iPhone & iPod Touch. Learn more at


For questions, comments, or suggestions concerning this guide, contact Informed® Publishing at

Pros and cons of Nursing Essentials app for iPhone and iPad

Nursing Essentials app good for

Excellent improvement & easy to browse in menu! Worth the 10$ but only wished it could have been a free update concidering that I had already bought the previous version.
Hi, Im a second year nursing student and I find this app quite useful. Especially when I need to get access to quick bits of information, to all nursing students out there you should get this app is worth the investment
very nice apps was very useful as student maybe work on some translation and also more details and more rx or make a real complete compandium rx with adverse effect and link to the common system or like the primary pathology but also have translation in french im from quebec and its french here and no good french apps for that !!!
This App is very helpful for me!!!! Whenever I need to study... I have right in my phone!!!!
I love it i got everything there and its well explained Ive seen something like this before in a book and is worth $35
Great resource!! Im in nursing school and plan on using this reference often.

Some bad moments

Some feedback for the developers: 1) since there are multiple versions of each product, an explicit statement would be helpful (I.e. "this is the original PDF version", "this is the updated version, based on the PDF version", "this is the free upgrade for PDF version owners to get the interactive version". 2) it would have been helpful for a clarification that the critical care, etc packs are not add-ons to the RN Guide, but rather standalone products. Im a CCRN who now has the basic version, I kinda already know how to give an IM (lol, my bad for buying before asking!). 3) the info is pretty comprehensive for the novice RN though, and its nicely laid out and accessible!
Not worth the money!! Could be good for a nursing student (thats what the one star was for). This is basic for an RN.
The only thing I like about this app is the calculator feature for pedi drips please add an adult version and maybe more complex info
I paid $5.99 for this app and want a refund. It is only basic information no treatment options no medication information and not a full list of diagnosis
I specifically chose this app because Im in OB/peds right now. Heads up: there is no (or very limited) OB/peds nursing care info. The content is beyond basic and the layout is not intuitive. I regret this purchase.
This app is terrible you can buy nursing manual for I think three dollars less WhicH contains much more significant information this was a total waste of money I wish I could get my money back I thought because this costed more it would be better. I could not have been more wrong