Philadelphia, PA — In a recent study of over 2400 nurses, Wolters Kluwer found that 83% of professional nurses own a smartphone and two-thirds use mobile devices for professional purposes at work. CNOs and nurse managers are more likely than staff nurses to rely on the smaller screens, but both (48%) say their organizations encourage them to access websites or online reference for clinical info at work.
When envisioning mobile tools and resources for nurses, there are a couple of things to keep in mind:
- More than iOS: Their choices in mobile devices vary much more than do doctors (those iPhone addicts). There’s a lot more uptake of Android particularly.
- Moderate vs. Mega users: The report spots a heavy-user niche of nurses that spend 3+ hours on mobile devices for work each day. That represents about 1:10 of all nurses surveyed. But most (65%) use them for ~30 minutes / shift.
- Beware of restrictions: There are restrictions to how nurses can use mobile devices, primarily avoiding social media and social interactions at work. Search is much more open. 9:10 says their organizations allow internet search on company networks; half say social destinations are blocked.
- Wifi at work: The majority of those surveyed (58%) are accessing the internet and resources through wifi on those mobile devices.