Top 10 Smartphone Apps for Travel Nurses
Travel nursing can be crazy and unpredictable. A smartphone can allow you to connect with your recruiter, keep track of your work hours, and interview for your next contract. Staying organized is essential especially at the beginning and end of contracts.
We’ve compiled the top 10 most useful smartphone apps for travel nurses.
All applications are free to download; however, there are some in app purchases.
Top Smartphone Apps for Travel Nurses
1. ShiftLife Organizer: ShiftLife Organizer is a custom calendar app that not only helps you track your shifts and hours, but also your pay. More specifically, ShiftLife allows you to easily maintain a record overtime hours, working locations, hourly pay, total pay, and sick days.
2. GasBuddy: GasBuddy helps you find cheap gas at over 150,000 gas stations based on your location in the United States and Canada.
3. Waze: Navigating traffic in a new city can be confusing. When the app is turned on, it tracks drivers so that it can provide real time traffic information. Users can also report wrecks and fender benders as well as police radar traps. It provides directions with voice based navigation. The navigation system will even reroute you based on traffic issues.
4. CamScanner: CamScanner will instantly scan, save, and share any document in PDF, JPG , Word or TXT formats. This makes it super easy to send license updates to recruiters and hospitals as well as have all of your nursing licenses and documents easily accessible and ready to send off.
5. Evernote: A great app for keeping track of all the new information for each assignment including codes, charting information, and names of co-workers. You can also use it to manage to-do lists — for both personal and work-related tasks.
6. Mint: Exploring a new city or state and meeting new friends can lead to many outdoor adventures and late night dinner. This can start to become costly as the weeks go by. Mint helps you keep track of your finances and can remind you when bills are due, so you don’t miss any payments. This is especially important when you receive all of your bills electronically.
7. Bark Happy: Traveling with your best friend can be amazing and an adventure on its own. Bark Happy helps connect you with other local dog owners to discover new friends, attend dog friend events, book dog-friendly hotels and find other local dog friendly locations. There are also custom lost and found alerts if something were to happen.
8. Foursquare City Guide: This app helps you find the best coffee shops, restaurants, bakeries, and bars in your new city. Suggestions are based off a series of questions but you can also search based on your location.
9. Meetup: Travel nursing can get lonely when constantly moving to new places but Meetup helps eliminate that. There are thousands of meetup groups, with interests ranging from career-related to music-related to athletics-related. Whatever your passion is, travel nurses can find local friends through meetups who want to share experiences with you.
10. Airbnb: Travel nurses have the ability to pick their own accommodations for an assignment. Airbnb provides a variety of options including listing guesthouses, rooms for rent in a home, or an entire apartment/house. These are often cheaper than a hotel; however, it does require some investigation to make sure the location, description, and pictures are accurate.