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This episode of Insights in Nursing focusing on smartphone apps and devices for nurses kicks off with host Jamie Davis (of the Nursing Show) joined by Terri Schmitt (from, Kelly Arashin (from the Barefoot Nurse blog) and Victoria Powell (from The group was excited to get together again and continue the new season here at Insights in Nursing.  Look for more episodes released in the coming weeks.

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We began this week’s show talking about some fascinating articles Victoria found having to do with new medical devices and smartphone apps that were changing how we assess and manage our patients. The articles linked below do require a sign up for a FREE medscape login to access them.

First was an article by Dr. Topol talking about 5 medical devices he thought all doctors should know about. We agree and would like to add all nurses in to that group as well. These devices help patients manage blood sugar, physicians interact with remote ecg and 12-lead devices, and home monitoring equipments for patients and providers.

There’s an App for That

Adding to those 5 devices are 15 smartphone apps mentioned in another medscape article (free login required). These apps help busy medical and nursing professionals manage their time and schedules, review and check medications and procedures, stay up to date on research journals on the go, and much, much more. The panel wonders how this field will continue to grow and develop in the future.  We also asked how comfortable an aging nurse population will be accessing all this new technology.

All of this revolved around the recent University of Pennsylvania study that directly tied nurse burnout to two common hospital acquired infections. One Philadelphia hospital is in the process of removing almost all its nursing assistants (CNA) to replace with RNs in order to provide for better patient outcomes, less money lost on non-reimbursable hospital “errors,” and happier patients. As Kelly Arashin put it, “A Happy Nurse Equals a Happy Patient.”

On the panel this week:

Terri Schmitt from and on Twitter @onlinenursing.

Kelly Arashin from Barefoot Nurse blog and on Twitter @KelRN24 and

Victoria Powell from and on Twitter @vpmedical.


host Jamie Davis, the Podmedic, RN, NREMTP, BA, AAS managing director of the ProMed Network and host of the Nursing Showand MedicCast weekly programs.

Join us as we delve in to our week’s topic.


Links from the Topic:

Philly Hospital Hires RNs to Replace CNAs

Penn Study on Nurse Burnout and Infection Rates

Medscape articles below require sign up for FREE login


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