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Top apps for nurses in 2020

By: Lydia L. Kim, Digital Content Editor

With 2020 coming to an end, the American Nurse Journal team would like to highlight some of the best apps for nurses and nursing students from the past year. We recently highlighted the best apps for heart health, mental health, and nursing education, and encourage you to catch up on those collections as well.

Here’s to ringing in the new year in 2021 – we can’t wait to see what’s in store digitally for the nursing community! Tell us what your favorite or go-to apps have been this year and what types of resources you would be excited to have next.


ACT.MD is a digital platform that offers a space for healthcare providers (HCPs) and healthcare services to manage and organize patient information. HCPs can work individually with their patients to provide truly personalized care. ACT.MD is available on desktop as well as through mobile devices.

Nursing Central 

Nursing Central is a digital resource and app for nurses to expedite information gathering. Nursing Central offers in-depth information and answers to frequently asked questions, dictionaries, and even study systems for nurses. There is an annual fee to access Nursing Central through your desktop or mobile device.


NurseGrid is a digital app “designed by nurses, for nurses” and offers a scheduling platform to organize and structure the day-to-day life of a nurse. Nurses who utilize NurseGrid can share schedules and work shift information with other colleagues, as well as with their family and friends. NurseGrid is free to install on Android and iOS.

Learning Extension Flashcards 

From the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), Learning Extension Flashcards offer nurses in school a digital approach to preparing for NCLEX. Download the flashcard app on iOS for free, and check out the other digital offerings from the NCSBN here.

Pocket Anatomy

Pocket Anatomy is a digital offering to aid nurses and other HCPs understand and identify different aspects of human anatomy. The app is conducive for all iOS products as well as Android.


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