Smartphone Apps That Every Travel Nurse Should Have

Rick Martinez RN

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Travel nursing might be hectic and unpredictable. A smartphone can help you stay in contact with your travel firm, track your working hours, and even assist you in locating lodging for the next contract.

Organizing oneself is critical at both the start and conclusion of contracts.

Any travel nurse understands the value of mobile apps in assisting with constantly moving from one destination to the next and getting acclimated with a new city.

I know because I've been one. So without further ado, I've compiled a few of the top, most helpful smartphone apps for travel nurses.

Must have smartphone apps for travel nurse pros

Nursegrid

Nursegrid is a calendar for nurses created by nurses. It takes just a few seconds to add months of shifts, and you may glance at it to see where you're working and when. The application will inform you who is able to swap shifts with you if you need to switch a shift or take a day off.

Simple, easy, and effective way to manage your nutty schedule on the go.

GasBuddy

GasBuddy is a mobile app that uses GPS to help you to discover the most cost-effective gas prices regardless of where you are. And gosh only knows how vital cost-effective fuel can be these days!

With a database with over 150,000 convenience stores strong, this app will help you find cost-effective fuel in real-time.

GasBuddy gives you the opportunity to save at least five cents on each gallon of gasoline with a feature called "Pay with GasBuddy." Or, you can receive cashback shopping points when you fuel up.

Waze

Navigating the traffic in a new location might be a challenge. Heck, navigating traffic in your own hometown can also be a doozy, truth be told.

Waze makes this feat easier and way more convenient.

When the app is switched on, it records drivers to provide real-time traffic conditions. Users can also report fender benders and pile-ups, as well as police radar traps. Yikes!

It also includes voice-based navigation instructions. The route will even be altered if the system determines traffic issues on your drive.

TurboScan

TurboScan is one of my all-time favs.

It's a super simple app that instantly scans, saves, and shares any document in PDF, JPG, Word, or TXT formats.

This makes distributing license updates to recruiters and hospitals a breeze and allows you to quickly access and send off all of your nursing credentials and papers. I literally scan and save all my important docs into the app, and they're at my fingertips whenever I need them!

Walmart Grocery

Personally speaking, grocery shopping is a release for me. But when I'm in travel mode, it can be a time-consuming task.

That's why this app is so dang amazing.

Shopping for your favorite foods and filling your fridge and pantry is simple with the Walmart Grocery app. You may stock up on the app or website, set a pick-up time frame, and finish checkout. Don't sweat if you forget to include an item in your purchase.

Simply add it in before your order closes!

Evernote

Let's be real here. When we travel, we might be taking all kinds of notes on where to go, places to eat, sites to see, and a host of other things. So that's why this tool is so handy!

In addition to the items I just listed above, it's also an excellent app for keeping track of all the new information for each assignment, including unit codes, charting data, and names of co-workers and colleagues.

It's also possible to use it to plan your day, both personally and professionally.

The final word

To sum it up in bullet points:

  • Nursegrid – calendar made for nurses by nurses to share schedules/shifts with each other.
  • GasBuddy - discount fuel prices.
  • Waze – GPS, maps, and traffic.
  • TurboScan – scan papers and documents for sharing and storage.
  • Walmart – grocery services.
  • Evernote – store notes to use as a diary or log of travels.

Smartphones are an invaluable tool for travel nurses, especially those who work with agencies and move from city to city.

Being able to easily communicate with your agency, access your schedule and travel documents, find out about new jobs all on a mobile phone, and order groceries makes traveling so much easier!

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