Travel nurses have a unique opportunity to be both avid travelers and still advance your career. For on-the-go nurses, there are several apps that can help solve some common problems you may have – from needing to get around a new city to budgeting and paying down student loans.
Here are 10 of the best apps to help travel nurses save money, simplify their careers and have fun!
Definitely one of the top apps for nurses who are constantly traveling to new locations and experiencing new cities. Waze bills itself as “the world’s largest community-based traffic and navigation app.”
When the app is turned on, it tracks drivers to provide real-time traffic information. Users can also report wrecks and fender benders as well as police radar traps.
The app provides directions with voice-based navigation and will even reroute you based on traffic issues. You can connect with Facebook, add friends and exchange ETA details. If you use the app to get to your destination, then it will remember where you parked – you’ll never lose your car again! You can also use it to find the cheapest gas on your route.
MeetUp is a service that allows members to organize around similar interests. Members are able to create and join groups. They can then organize events and group members can RSVP and view a list of those who have RSVP’d. The website offers a more robust user interface, but the app has most of the same features.
This app can be useful for travel nurse to find groups who share similar interests in their new locations. The best feature of MeetUp is that it offers a safe and comfortable way to meet groups of people, instead of trying to make new friends one by one, which also reduces your chances of running into too many weirdos.
Might seem like an obvious one, but having an alternative to driving around a new city is nice, especially if it’s a big city where driving and parking can be difficult.
Payments are made through the app, which is great because at the end of the ride, you just leave. Pricing fluctuates depending on demand.
MedScape is a great, free app that offers the ultimate resource for fast, clinical answers. It is one of the leading medical resources for nurses. Quickly look up medications, dosages, avoid adverse drug combinations, find vital information for patient care and stay current on the latest medical news.
The app also has step-by-step procedural articles, medical calculators, image collections, formulary information and more.
Yeti touts itself as “Tinder for Places”, due to its user-friendly, swiping method of discovering local places. The app uses GPS to determine your location, and then presents you with photos and discussions posted by other local users.
You can then swipe right if they are interested in learning more about a given place, event, restaurant, or shop, or to swipe left if they are not interested. The right swipes will be saved and you can get more information or converse with the original local poster.
Mint manages all your bills, accounts, credit cards and investments from one location. You can also keep track of what you’re spending, where you can save money, and stay on top of bill pay.
With Mint you’re able to see your full financial picture in one easy to manage location.
This is a great app for any traveler. PackPoint is a packing list builder that will tell you what you need to pack based on length of travel, weather at your destination, and any activities planned during your trip. Now you’ll never forget to pack something again!
Another great app to find things to do in your new city is Applauze. It helps you find concerts, theater shows, sporting events and even fun free things to do in your area. You can purchase tickets to events through the app.
Be careful to double check the ticket prices in the app. Many of the negative reviews claim that the prices are quite high. So it might be best to compare prices with other service options.
ShiftLife is a calendar application designed for shift workers, like nurses. You can organize your shifts, record your hours and even calculate your pay. It will sync with many calendars if you prefer to have everything in one location.
Skype offers free messaging, voice and video calls. This means travelers can save a ton of money on roaming charges if they like to call home to friends and family while on the road.
If your fiends and family have the app, then communication will be totally free. If they don’t, you get charged rates that are nominal compared to standard roaming charges. Either way it’s a great way to keep in touch while on assignment.
Voyage Healthcare has travel nursing opportunities available across the country! Check out our current job openings here. You can also contact us at (800) 798-6035 or email us if you have any questions about travelling as a medical professional.