6 Essential Smartphone Resources for Nursing Students

There are many challenges and difficulties associated with nursing school. One of the most annoying things I remember about my nursing education was the 100 pounds of books. I had to lug that enormous piles of non-fiction back and forth to class, clinicals, my car, my home, and anywhere else I might need to have access to them. It was a literal pain in the neck. I saw nursing students get so creative when it came to carrying their books. I saw them using rolling carts, rolling luggage, and one girl even used a Radio Flyer wagon!

However, the days of book-loaded wagons can (and should) come to an end. Nearly every book you need for your nursing education can be downloaded in an electronic format that can be easily accessed from your computer or mobile device. In fact, Skyscape (who I have partnered with to create this post) have created the FREE Skyscape Medical Library app which allows you to download over 100 nursing books right on your smartphone. Not only does this make them more accessible and more easily searched, it can also save you 35%, or more, off the regular price of those books.

Skyscape Medical Library

The Skyscape Medical Library app comes loaded with a few useful resources including: Skyscape Rx, Skyscape Clinical Consult (includes a Signs and Symptoms Index), and Skyscape Clinical calculator. The app has many innovative and helpful features including:

  • Smartsearch: search across all Skyscape resources installed on device for term, disease, drug, etc. Search result shows topic and which resource it is found in with quick link to that information
  • Smartlinking: cross-reference disease topic to related drug in the drug resource installed on device, using smartlink (which appears as a paperclip icon in tool bar)
  • Bookmarks: great for studying or to keep frequently used topics or lists handy for reference
  • History: automatically tracks what topics you’ve looked up
  • Embedded pronunciations, videos, images (pronunciations and Videos require WiFi)
  • Embedded dosing calculators: via Davis’s Drug Guide for Nurses
  • Calculators: Skyscape Clinical Calculator, Taber’s see Calculator index

The free resources included in the app are a great start, but you can also download over 400 titles. I personally recommend the Nursing Constellation Plus package for nurses and nursing students because it contains 6 essential resources for nursing students.

Skyscape Nursing Constellation Plus includes:

Drug Information

Davis Drug Guide for Nurses
Davis’s Drug Guide for Nurses

Lab & Diagnostic Tests Reference

Daviss Comprehensive Handbook of Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests with Nursing ImplicationsDavis’s Comprehensive Handbook of Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests with Nursing Implications

Diseases & Diagnosis References

RNotesRNotes®: Nurse’s Clinical Pocket Guide


Diseases and Disorders A Nursing Therapeutics ManualDiseases and Disorders: A Nursing Therapeutics Manual



Tabers Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary 22nd editionTaber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary, 22nd edition

Nursing & Medical Calculators

Skyscape Clinical Calculator PLUSSkyscape Clinical Calculator PLUS™


Purchased separately these books would cost $247, but bought through this bundle you are able to purchase all of them for $179.95. You’ll have access to this content from any Android or IPhone. You can also access much of the content on any computer at http://webview.skyscape.com.

Download the Skyscape App


The Skyscape Medical Library app is available on both the App Store and Google Play. Download the App for FREE today feel the literal weight of all those heavy nursing books lifted from your shoulders!

download on the app storeget it on google play

6 thoughts on “6 Essential Smartphone Resources for Nursing Students”

  1. Joan @ TheNurseTeacher.com

    Great resource – I was not aware of! Gone are the days of dragging all these books to clinicals! We used to assign who would bring what book each week. I hope with all this information at our fingertips, we use it! Thanks for sharing!!

  2. Dr Rachel Silva, DNP

    I love Skyscape’s Library of info. As a Nurse Practitioner, I also use Epocates (premium paid version) daily and UpToDate. UpToDate is rather expensive, but if you purchase it as a student I you get about 50% off. In addition,it records every time you are on it reading/researching clinical information and then at the end of the year you can use that time for ANCC or AANP CEUs for licensing. So, I never have to worry about not having enough CEUs.

    Thanks for sharing more about Skyscape, The Nerdy Nurse®. I appreciate all the valuable content you provide and I I’m going to look more into Skyscape.

    1. Rachel,

      The CEUs from Epocrates is AMAZING! Starting next year Georgia will require CEUs for RNs. Since I don’t work in a hospital I’ve been worried about how I am going to get them without breaking the bank. This might be something worth looking into.

      1. Dr Rachel Silva, DNP

        I’ll be offering a few CEUs myself within the next few months. You know how much I love computer coding 😉 haha. And, Epocrates is so amazing, I use it everyday!

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