Best Smartwatch for Nurses
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Our Top Choices for Smartwatches for Nurses
While Series 3 by Apple is no longer the newest on the block – since its release, the company launched the Series 4 and Series 5 Apple Watch – it is perhaps the best compromise between features and price if you’re craving an Apple smartwatch.
Ideal as a great nurse watch, the wearable comes with all native apps you’d expect from an almost last-generation smartwatch and is also compatible with a wealth of apps developed specifically for nurses.
Whether you want to set multiple reminders or take your patient’s pulse, this wearable makes it possible.
Its greatest strength is that you can set alarms or start a timer via voice commands, a great feature when both your hands are occupied. Language and dictation support also makes it possible to take notes while simultaneously providing patient care.
Patient care apart, the Watch 3 is also a great choice if you want to also monitor your health status. Optical heart sensors register your heart beats and provide accurate information about your heart rate.
An accelerometer, gyroscope, and built-in GPS bring workout convenience, as it can also double as a fitness tracker.
Like you can expect from such a popular smartwatch, Apple Series 3 also delivers smart notifications on your wrist, but you can only pair it with an iPhone. This shouldn’t be an issue if you’re an Apple enthusiast, but otherwise, you might want to look elsewhere.
If you don’t have an iPhone or simply want a smartwatch compatible with most types of phones, Samsung Galaxy Watch could be a better choice and also would make a great gift for a nurse friend. Like the Apple Watch 3, it wasn’t built specifically for nurses, but it can successfully replace a nurse watch without any issues.
The first thing that strikes is the traditional, analog display with hour marks and hands. It looks nothing like a technological piece, and pairs with formal or casual wear, as well as your nurse scrubs.
Under the classic face, though, there hides impressive technology. This smartwatch will not only help you perform daily duties with ease, but it will also help you stay fit in the meantime.
Similar to the Apple Watch, the Galaxy Watch comes with a wealth of native apps and is compatible with an overwhelming amount of apps made for Android. The nice thing is that it pairs with both Android and iOS phones to bring notifications on your wrist.
As you can expect, you can simply sync your calendar to load your planned nursing schedules, set multiple alarms to keep track of patient medications, and more.
The battery life is not outstanding, but you’ll get about 24 hours of juice. Just what it takes to get through your shift without worrying about charging it.
The Apple Watch Series 4 is an excellent alternative to the Series 3 if you want one of the newer models. If the cost of a new one is too prohibitive, you could consider a refurbished version.
Guaranteed to work and look like new, this Apple Watch 4 comes with a few improvements compared to the Series 3 above. Perhaps the most noticeable is the larger display and louder speaker.
Like Watch 3, it comes with an array of native apps you can use in your nursing career. The watch gives you the possibility to set multiple alarms, dictate notes, set reminders, and so on.
Designed to also help you stay fit, it comes with an accurate heart rate monitor and can track your fitness activity. The watch is also swim-proof and equipped with an improved accelerometer and gyroscope.
Despite being refurbished, it is fully functional and in near perfect cosmetic condition. No doubt, a great choice for nurses owning an iPhone 6 or above.
While Apple and Samsung might not appeal to nurses on a tight budget, this smartwatch from Letsfit could be a great alternative. With lines inspired by the Apple Watch and fairly functional for its price point, it packs all activity tracking and smart features present on the more expensive models.
One of the things that stand out compared to the two branded watches above is the outstanding battery life. Maybe you won’t get the advertised 10 days of juice, but all we can say is that you’ll be measuring the battery life in days rather than hours.
In terms of nursing, you can set multiple alarms to remind you of medication times. A stopwatch and timer also come in handy when taking your patients’ pulse or when monitoring other vitals.
Smart features include notifications on the wrist, as well as the possibility to reject calls directly from the watch. You can also set call and message reminders, sedentary reminders, and use the all-day activity tracker to check how many calories you’ve burned.
Another nice feature, especially for female nurses, is the feminine health monitoring that can help you keep track of your menstrual cycles and more.
Sure, you can’t expect the same performance you’d get from a top-of-the-range device, but for what it’s worth, the Letsfit is a more than capable smartwatch.
Another affordable smartwatch for nurses, the LETSCOM smartwatch, is similar in many ways to the Letsfit above.
Its design is also inspired by the Apple Watch, and it even comes in similar colors. Suitable for both female and male nurses, it has four customized display options. Viewing the time and date is easy, thanks to the always-on screen, and you can expect a bunch of smart functions.
Not only you’ll be able to check all incoming notifications from your phone, including texts and calls, but you can also set up to 10 different alarms to monitor different patients. The timer functionality is another useful feature for nurses.
In terms of your own health, the device monitors your sleep and heart rate. Accurate fitness tracking can help you keep an eye on steps taken, distance, and burned calories, so you can brag with the level of fitness you achieved while simply working a shift.
Like the Letsfit, the LETSCOM has an outstanding battery life, but it needs a little more time to charge.
Other nice features include a breathing training program, sedentary alerts, and music control. The wearable is also very lightweight, but a bit too big for slender wrists. That said, it’s definitely a good option for nurses looking for a cheap yet reliable device.
The Samsung Gear Sport comes as a great alternative to the Galaxy Watch. It’s a much more appropriate choice for male nurses due to its massive design, but it can also fit well the ladies who don’t mind wearing an imposing timepiece.
Not as elegant as the brand’s newest smartwatch, the Gear Sport packs a punch. And while it’s designed specifically for sports – its name says it all – there are a few features that can make a nurse’s life a bit easier.
Syncing with both Android and iOS smartphones, it comes with multiple alarms, texts and calls notifications, the possibility to answer or replay to calls and texts, social media notifications, as well as the possibility to access your calendar.
The Gear Sport is water-resistant to 5 ATM, so you won’t have to worry about splashes. Indeed, you won’t even have to take it off while you’re showering.
While the battery is nowhere as long-lasting as the LETSCOM’s, you can still go for days on a single charge. Furthermore, the watch comes with a wireless charging dock that lets you power up the device quickly and easily.
While owning a high-end smartwatch is fun, the truth is that most nurses can do just fine with a less expensive variant. Such as the HalfSun waterproof smartwatch.
With a design inspired by Fitbit, this wearable impresses with a large color screen and skin-friendly band. The screen is easily visible in all light conditions, including direct sunlight, while the band’s soft touch makes it comfortable to wear 24/7.
Inexpensive doesn’t mean cheap when it comes to this smartwatch. Similar to our top picks, it comes with multi-sports profiles, all-day activity tracking, as well as complete app reports for all tracked metrics.
Nurses will definitely like the multiple alarm options, as well as the timer. Compatible with Android smartphones, it also delivers multiple notifications, including call alerts and the possibility to reject calls without pulling the phone out of your pocket.
Obviously, you can’t expect the same level of performance delivered by Samsung or Apple, nor the same durability. But all in all, this is a great choice if you want a decent smartwatch but don’t want to break the bank.
Nurses looking for a discreet, inexpensive smartwatch with some fitness tracking capabilities might like this Letsfit. Basically a fitness band, it has a slim profile and looks great even on the slenderest wrist.
It doesn’t have all the functions present on the smartwatches above, but you’ll still be able to set daily alarms and use the timer. Receiving smart notifications for incoming calls and texts is also possible, by pairing the wearable with your smartphone via the VeryFitPro app.
In terms of fitness tracking, you’ll get all basics, including a step counter, calories burned, and even real-time heart rate monitor.
The feature we like best is undoubtedly the silent alarm that works wonders on night shifts since it won’t disturb your patients.
Decent battery life adds further value, while the built-in USB plug enables convenient cordless charging. Simply take the band off the tracker and insert the device into any USB outlet for quick charging at home, at work, or on the go.
This wearable comes with interchangeable bands available in a variety of colors and is a great choice for both ladies and gents.
Next entry on our list of best smartwatches for nurses, the Fitbit Versa Lite is a model that knows exactly how to bring high-end features at an accessible price. Like all Fitbits, it has been born primarily for fitness but packs a wealth of smart functionalities.
Half-way between the entry-level and top-range watches featured above; the Versa Lite brings the best of both worlds.
Design-wise, it looks like an Apple Watch. You’ll get the same square display and wider band, but it still looks great on both men and women.
In terms of functionality, you can expect call, text, and calendar notifications on the wrist. App alerts are also available, so you can spot an important Whatsapp message from the nurse in charge or the physician on time.
You can even send quick replies if you pair the watch with an Android device. iPhone and Windows phone users will have to settle with incoming notifications only, as the reply function is not supported by these operating systems.
Smarts apart, you’ll also get all fitness features you can expect from a range-topper, as well as feminine health tracking including periods, pregnancy, symptoms, and more.
The Versa Lite is lightweight, waterproof, and comes with interchangeable bands. Undoubtedly, a great choice for most nurses.
Another entry from LETSCOM and the last smartwatch for nurses on our list, this smart band is another affordable option to consider.
It delivers all sorts of notifications, including calls, calendars, texts, and alerts from social media accounts. You can use the daily alarms to set reminders, while the workout countdown or timer can come in handy during various examinations.
Like all fitness trackers, the wearable can also be used to monitor your fitness level and health status.
The watch can monitor your sleep and heart rate, providing comprehensive analysis, record your steps, distance, and calories burned, inform you of your active minutes, and help you meet your athletic goals with 14 preset exercise modes.
Similar to the Letsfit, it comes with interchangeable bands and built-in USB plug you can use to charge your device from any USB outlet.
With a wealth of features, no dock or charger, and up to 7 days of battery life, the LETSCOM band is one of the best smartwatches for nurses on a budget.