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How a Registered Nurse Uses Evernote as a Portable Resources Binder and Teaching Tool

Posted by Laarni San Juan on 30 Apr 2012

Posted by Laarni San Juan on 30 Apr 2012

Name: Laarni San Juan
Location: San Francisco, CA
Profession: Registered Nurse


Laarni San Juan is a public health nurse. Her job involves educating low-income pregnant women and their families on everything from where they can access social services to how they breastfeed their child. Evernote has become her digital binder. Learn how she uses it at the office and out in the field.

I use Evernote, Everywhere

  • Mac
  • Android
  • iPad

I use Evernote for…

As a registered nurse specializing in public health, I use Evernote to organize all of the various brochures, handouts and reference documents that I need when I’m out in the field meeting with community members (I only store information in my account that is publicly available).

My colleagues and I all have access to the same information, but for me, using Evernote is about efficiency.

  • Portable ‘work resources.’ At work, I get a lot of informational fliers about where people can pick up food, get childcare, get medical care, etc. All of these fliers and pamphlets used to live in a big, heavy binder that I would lug around everywhere I went. Now, these papers live in my Evernote account, so the only thing I’m lugging around is my iPad. Using Evernote on all of my devices means that no matter where I am, I can capture information, save it to my Evernote account, and access it all when I’m meeting with people. Evernote essentially serves as my binder, except it’s a lot more portable and searchable, not to mention, ergonomically proper.
  • Answers when I need them, fast. With Evernote on my iPad in my purse, on my Android phone in my pocket, and on my Macbook at home, I don’t need to think about where I might find the answer to a question. I have pictures of dentist offices that serve low-income patients, a document on how the special education process works, notes from conferences and meetings I attend, and important phone numbers, all in one place. Also, rather than leafing through papers one by one, I’m able to display my notes as snippets or side-by-side icons, so I can scan information much, much faster. I don’t use tags much because I find it’s actually easier for me to find things in my account by visually scrolling through snippets. Being able to choose your note view addresses the fact that we all interact with information differently.
  • My business card rolodex. I use Evernote as my rolodex for various providers I communicate with, too. I snap photos of business cards and include information like the social worker’s title and agency in the note title. I never have to dig through my purse or the trunk of my car to find the smallest piece of paper.
  • Evernote as a teaching tool. One of the things we teach out in the field is safety and the safest way to set up your new baby’s crib. It’s hard to explain to someone without actually showing them actual pictures. One of the items saved in my Evernote account is actually a visual guide, so Evernote is more than just a resource, it’s my teaching tool, too!
  • Evernote for broadening my knowledge. On a daily basis, I see people from all parts of the world — Asia, the Middle East, Central America. I have pictures of maps in my Evernote account that I can refer to if someone I meet is from a part of the world I’m not familiar with; it creates a more personal conversation.

Evernote for Everything Else

In addition to serving as my work resource, Evernote is a place where I keep other parts of my life organized:

  • I save my daughter’s 3-D school projects into my Evernote account. I’ve got a sizable portfolio of her work from kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade!
  • I save my lotto tickets to my Evernote account. I wouldn’t want to lose a winning ticket!
  • Keeping track of my favorite products is hard, so I have all of them saved in Evernote! I’ve got my favorite eye cream, shoe styles, etc., at my fingertips so I can remember the details when I go shopping in-store or online.

Are you a nurse or medical professional? How are you using Evernote for research and to keep paperwork organized?


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6 Comments RSS

  • Pharmacy Marketing Quarterly

    We love this post and we love Evernote! In fact we mentioned it in the latest issue of our magazine. There’s nothing worse then getting ready to do a sales pitch and realizing that you don’t have all your materials in front of you. Maybe you left them on your computer and you have your iPad with you. Or what about an impromptu chance meeting? Just pull out your smart phone and you have all the tools you need.

  • Lucas Van de paer

    I use Evernote everyday in class and students are using it too to collect, clip information.
    We use iPhones, Android Phones, tablets, etc.
    I work with shared folders for information and whiteboard clippings,website clippings etc.
    You can see here an example of our 2 year Comenius project with Austria, FTS, Fit through School.
    This is the setup of the project with Belgian students.

  • Rebecca Murphy

    I’m interested in using Evernote to journal my daily intake of food by creating a personalized check list with each days date. It also must have a space for text where I can fill in my health issues and a small spot to invert a photo of food eaten. And a spot to fill in activity and amount of time the exercise took.

    So it’s a wellness journal. Could you please design on I could edit?

    Blessings, rebecca

  • Judie Phillips

    @Rebecca -Have you tried the Evernote Food app?

  • Andrea Pearson

    I’m not employed in the medical field, but I am an author who wrote an entire novel using Evernote! Thanks for providing this wonderful application. I love it!

  • António Coelho

    Thanks for the inspiration! I also love gardening, but only for pleasure, and it’s so easy to loose track of the seeds and bulbs we already “hided” in the field!