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Library Resource Guides: Learning tools

Useful apps for nurses

 Mini Nurse

Mini Nurse offers excellent information for nursing students including nursing skills, IV rates, and medication dosages. 'Lite' versions are free.

 Instant ECG

The Electrocardiogram Rhythms Interpretation Guide offers quick reference as well as useful studying. Costs $0.99.

Speed Anatomy

Speed Anatomy is useful for testing your knowledge of human anatomy. 'Lite' versions are free.

 Virtual Heart

Virtual Heart allows you to explore multiple real-time views of the human heart. Free.

Anatomy Quiz Pro

Anatomy Quiz Pro is a highly rated app that is popular for testing knowledge of basic anatomy. Costs $1.99.

 Anatomy and Physiology 2

Designed by students, this Anatomy and Physiology app is specifically designed for testing A&P knowledge, using multiple choice questions, study guides and practice tests. Costs $0.99.

Source: Nursing Times, 'Useful apps for student nurses' (Jul 26, 2013).


Tools for collaborative learning

 Google Hangouts

Google Hangouts is a video chat and instant messenging service, similar to Skype or FaceTime, but has the added advantage of a broadcast facility and you’re able to record chats for publication.


SurveyMonkey is a free service, allowing you to quickly create and design your own online surveys, which you can share easily with a large group of people and monitor responses.


DropBox allows you to securely share large files, such as documents, videos or photos with colleagues.


MailChimp is a popular e-newsletter tool, with the ability to send information to up to 2000 users for free.


Slack is a growing tool that offers private groups and direct messaging for collaboration. Files, conversations, and people are all searchable.

Source: Directory of Learning & Performance Tools, 'Social & Collaboration Platforms and Spaces​' (Oct 4, 2019).

Tools for learning


MyStudyBar is designed to support learners with literacy-related difficulties such as dyslexia, the toolbar can potentially benefit all learners. The tool consists of a set of portable open source and freeware applications, assembled into one convenient package.

Group learning space

Did you know there is a new group learning space at the ANMF (Vic Branch) Library? A projector is available, allowing you to practice presentations with your wireless device and study collaboratively.

See the library staff for more information.

Recommended presentation tools

Haiku Deck

Slides made using Haiku Deck focus on imagery and graphics, with a few words per slide. This platform is completely free and has a number of pre-existing themes and images to use, as well as the ability to create your own.


A popular alternative to PowerPoint, Prezi is an online presentation tool that features fluid, energetic display options. If you're working on a presentation in a group, you can collaborate on the design and content. Prezi is free, but all your presentations will be made public, so be careful of displaying confidential information.

Google Slides

Google Slides offers a professional, PowerPoint-like platform and is helpful for those used to the layout and editing functions of PowerPoint but wish to collaborate online. The service is free, you just need a Google Account.


Canva is a free, Australia-based graphic-design tool. It is useful for those that wish to create eye-catching web and print media graphics, but have little experience in this field. The service is free, however you can only gain access to a limited number of templates without a paid account.