It’s not too uncommon to see your fellow nurse colleagues equipped with an Apple Watch. Having a watch that can work as a timer, alarm, and allows you to check any new notifications at just a glance is a game changer for any busy person. And as a nurse, chances are you’re one of the busiest people around! If you’ve been wondering whether or not getting an Apple Watch is worth the investment, we’ve got you covered. In this post we will go over:
- Apple Watch product overview
- The best nurse-friendly bands
- Our favorite apps
- Why it’s worth it
Apple Watch product overview
Price: starting at $399
The Apple Watch Series 7 is the latest and greatest device in the Apple Watch line. If cost is not a deciding factor, then this is definitely your go to. The Series 7 boasts brand new features like: the largest display available, five new colors, and even blood oxygen readings.
There are also improvements on features already introduced, such as: improved crack, water, and dust resistance, the screen is 70% brighter, 33% faster charging times and more!
Price: starting at $279
The SE is a great option for those who don’t necessarily need all the bells and whistles of all the new features the Series 7 boasts. Features such as the always-on display, blood oxygen and ECG sensors will not be available in the SE models.
However, the SE offers a number of features missing from the Series 3. The SE also has smaller bezels than the Series 3.
Price: starting at $199
As the most affordable option, the Apple Watch Series 3 costs $199. However, the Series 3 doesn’t have some features such as the fall detection or the always-on display. The Series 3 also lacks the ability of a cellular connection, so you can’t make calls or get data without having your iPhone with you to support it.
Don’t forget about refurbished options if you’re looking for more savings! All refurbished Apple Watch models come with a one-year warranty and are throughly tested and cleaned before being repackaged. You can save over $100 on select devices, but availability is limited.
Expert advice from nurses like you
The best nurse-friendly bands
Being a nurse, your watch is constantly exposed to bodily fluids, and of course, water from plenty of hand-washing. So, a durable, breathable and comfortable watch band that can withstand water is an important thing to consider when getting your Apple Watch. The traditional Apple Watch bands that Apple offers are great options for everyday use. However, these other watch bands are nurse-approved and let’s be honest, who doesn’t love options?
Our favorite apps
Drink Water Reminder: As a busy nurse, it’s easy to slip on on your water intake. Luckily, there are apps to help with that! Provides notifications to help you remember when to drink water, as well as keeping track of your water intake. Apple Watch accessibility and integration with the Apple Health app, makes it easier than ever to make sure you’re drinking enough water daily!
Headspace: Headspace is an app that helps you use meditation as a tool to help address stress and even sleeping issues. Headspace offers guided daily meditations with different concentrations like focus, kindness, calmness and more!
Any.do: Any.do has the ability to sync between your desktop, mobile, tablet and even web devices. So, you will have access to anything you create in any.do across all of your devices. Any.do keeps your lists, tasks, reminders, and agenda all in one place. It even offers scheduled reminders, which will very conveniently be sent to your Apple Watch too.
iTranslate: Having access to a translation app right on your wrist is practically like having your own personal translator wherever you go! iTranslate offers translations in 100+ languages, dictionaries and even phrasebooks, all at your fingertips.
Review all of Apple’s recommended apps for Healthcare Professionals.
Why it’s Worth it
Wondering whether or not you are due for an upgrade? If you are coming from a Series 4 or older, upgrading is an attractive option. You get larger and brighter display, more memory, a longer battery life, plus even more additional features. It’s also pretty handy to have all of these features almost literally at the tip of your fingers:
- Health Analytics
- Weather alerts
- Activity tracking
- Notifications directed from your iPhone
Apple Watches make great gifts, if you’re not sure what to buy your favorite nurse for the upcoming holidays!