10 Apps That Belong on Every Travel Nurse’s Smartphone

Written by Rose Torrento on Thursday, July 16, 2020 Posted in Travel Nurse Tips

How many apps on your phone do you use each day? You might have upwards of 100 different ones, but studies say you really only use 9-10 of them daily. It’s likely because these apps offer the most utility and value to you. As a travel nurse, you’re likely to have more reliance on your apps than most other people, simply because they help you get your bearings and stay focused while on assignment.

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The life of a travel nurse is hectic and sometimes unpredictable. In the whirlwind of assignments, you’ll probably need help staying organized. A few key apps can help you keep track of the passing days and weeks, and offload some of your tasks, so you’re able to keep your head clear and focus on the job.

There are a ton of app categories that might be useful to you, from travel planning and navigation to organization. What’s most important is finding the apps that help you function most effectively. These 10 apps are must-haves for travel nurses.

  1. Kayak: Trip planning can be stressful — especially when you’re bouncing from one assignment to the next. Having an app like Kayak can help you easily search for cheap flights, hotels, and car rentals you might need when arriving on assignment.

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  2. PackPoint: Packing for assignment isn’t the same as packing for a vacation. You need to make sure you have everything before you leave, and a packing app like PackPoint can help. The premium version of the app allows you to customize your packing list, so you can use it over and over.

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  3. Google Maps: Navigating a new city can be challenging, whether you’re going to work or searching for the closest grocery store. Google Maps is an essential app that provides directions and enables you to search for stores and services nearby.

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  4. ShiftLife Organizer: Every nurse knows how hectic hospital shifts can be. ShiftLife Organizer is a custom calendar app that not only helps you track your shifts and hours, but also your pay.

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  5. Google Drive: Travel nurses rely on a lot of documentation and files. Rather than carry around a physical folder or maintain a mess of emails, keep all your documents in a single Google Drive folder that you can access on any device and easily print or share.

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  6. Evernote: When you’re adjusting to a new hospital, you’ll need to take notes, keep track of documents, and much more. Evernote allows you to keep all these things organized in a single location. You can also use it to manage to-do lists — for both personal and work-related tasks.

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  7. MealPrepPro: Maintaining your nutrition can fall by the wayside when you’re working a lot. Using an app like MealPrepPro can help you create grocery lists and meal plans, so you stay healthy and energized.

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  8. Headspace: Every travel nurse needs time to relax after a stressful shift. Headspace is an easy-to-use meditation app that helps you take a few minutes to focus your mind and unwind — at home, on the bus, or even on a work break.

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  9. Mint: Budgeting can be difficult enough under normal circumstances, let alone when you’re away from home. Mint helps you keep track of your finances and can remind you when bills are due, so you don’t miss any payments.

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  10. WhatsApp: Keeping in touch with loved ones is crucial while on assignment. This free messaging app lets you message, voice chat, or video chat with friends using a Wi-Fi connection instead of wireless data or minutes.

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Technology helps travel nurses simplify their lives. By making these apps your go-tos, you can ensure you’re staying on top of your health, home life, and work before, during, and after assignment.

This list is just the start of useful tools for travel nurses. Don’t forget about your most important resource, too — your recruiter! Health Providers Choice is always available to help you get your bearings while on assignment, and can answer any questions you have as you get familiar with the travel nursing lifestyle. Contact us online or call us today at 888-299-9800.

About the Author

Rose Torrento

Rosemarie Torrento has worked in health care for more than 26 years, beginning as a registered nurse in 1988. Early in her nursing career, Torrento worked as a freelance contract nurse before accepting a position in nursing administration. During her 17-year tenure in that role, she oversaw nursing employment and travel nurse contracting at a Level 1 Trauma Hospital in Michigan. Understanding the challenges travel nurses faced, Torrento founded Health Providers Choice Inc. (HPC) in 2003. Through Torrento’s extensive experience and her role as President and CEO, HPC provides travel placement of registered nurses and allied health professionals to hospital systems nationally.