Survey Finds Majority of Nurses Using Smartphones, Apps at Work

June 11, 2015 in News

Most nurses own a smartphone and use mobile health applications at work, according to a new survey from mobile technology company InCrowd, FierceMobileHealthcare reports (Mottl, FierceMobileHealthcare, 6/6).

Survey Details

For the survey, InCrowd queried 241 nurses on their use of smartphones and mobile health apps in the workplace. InCrowd conducted the survey during a two-hour timeframe on May 30 (InCrowd release, 6/8).

Survey Findings

The survey found that 95% of respondents own a smartphone, of which 88% reported using their smartphone apps in daily nursing work (Pai, MobiHealthNews, 6/9).

Less than 1% of nurses said they were not allowed to use smartphones at work (Walsh, Clinical Innovation Technology, 6/8).

Specifically, the survey found:

  • 73% of respondents used their smartphones to find drug information;
  • 72% of respondents used mobile apps to find information on diseases and disorders; and
  • 69% of respondents used their smartphones to communicate with colleagues (MobiHealthNews, 6/9).

In addition, nurses reported using their smartphones to get fast access to patient care information, such as receiving photos of a patient’s rash and scheduling alerts for medication administration, according to a release (InCrowd release, 6/8).

Meanwhile, the survey also found that:

  • 52% of respondents said they used the devices to get an answer to questions they would have otherwise asked a colleague; and
  • 32% of respondents said they used the devices to find an answer to a question, rather than asking a physician.  

In a follow-up survey that included questions on costs, InCrowd found:

  • 87% of nurses reported their employer does not cover smartphone-related expenses;
  • 9% of nurses said they were reimbursed for their monthly bill;
  • 3% of nurses said they were reimbursed for the smartphone and the monthly bill; and
  • 1% of nurses said they were reimbursed for the smartphone (MobiHealthNews, 6/9).
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