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Google Chrome browser Extensions are extremely helpful tools not just for nurse practitioners and healthcare providers, but anyone. As a matter of fact, I’m fast approaching my viewable limit of Chrome Extensions. There are just too many to choose from. Google states that by default you’re allowed to have 20 published items at any one time, which includes the sum of both your Extensions and Apps. So keep that in mind when choosing your Extensions.
For those of you that may not know how to access Chrome Extensions, (yes Gen Z, not everyone can be as techy and in-the-know as you). Just open your Google Chrome browser and go to the top and access the Extension icon or Menu (3 dots) in the upper right-hand corner, point to “More tools”, and then point to “Extensions”. This will lead you to the Chrome web store.
The majority of the Extensions are free for basic usage. You can choose to upgrade to premium usage for a small fee. But, so far I haven’t felt the need to upgrade. In this post, we’ll explore some of my favorite Chrome browser Extensions for improving productivity, organization, and web access for nurse practitioners and healthcare providers.
- Momentum – Momentum is a productivity Extension. It replaces a new tab in your browser with a personal dashboard that displays a featured image, to-do list, weather, and inspirational quotes. Its aim is to eliminate distractions and beat procrastination with a reminder of your daily focus for the day with each new tab. You can also keep track of your links and it offers a search option.
- Dualless – Dualless is for those that don’t have a dual monitor. In the clinic, I do have the privilege of having a dual monitor set up which is extremely helpful for keeping one monitor accessible for EMR access and another for viewing imaging and diagnostics. But, not so much at home. Dualless is a great tool for splitting your browser window by just 2 clicks. The ratio can be adjusted according to your needs and then merged into one again when you’re done. It’s known as the poor man’s solution to having just one monitor.
- Cite this for me – Cite this for me is one of my absolute favorite Extensions as it cites references in a flash. This is amazingly helpful when writing articles or abstracts. It will create website citations in the APA, MLA, Chicago, or Havard referencing styles with one click action. Here’s an example of how the Extension works.
- Weava – Weava is a highlighting extension which can be very helpful when completing research. You can highlight and organize websites and PDFs with an array of colors. You can revisit them with one click, organize highlights into folders and subfolders, auto sync to cloud, and create citations automatically with your highlights.
- Forest – Forest is another productivity Extension that offers a unique way to keep you focused and break your internet wondering habits when you should be focusing on something else. Essentially, you plant a seed in Forest that will eventually grow into a tree if you can avoid visiting your blacklisted websites for the next 30 minutes. If you fail, your tree will wither away. Its intention is to help you stay focused, break internet addiction, and implement time blocking to achieve your goals.
- OneTab – One Tab helps you save your computer’s memory by consolidating all of your open tabs into a list that’s viewable in one tab. You can access the tabs again by either restoring them individually or all at once. One Tab list saves you up to 95% of your memory by reducing the number of tabs open in Google Chrome.
- Evernote Web Clipper – Evernote Web Clipper allows you to “clip” and save all of the interesting things you find on the internet for later. You can save them into your Evernote account and access them whenever and wherever you like. Clip any webpage, highlight, annotate, take screenshots, and have access to that information on the go in your Evernote account
- Grammarly – Gtammarly is a spelling, language, and grammar checker Extension. It will help to make your writing clear and concise. It even checks your emails.
- ToDoist – ToDoist is a virtual to-do list. It helps to keep your work and life organized. Websites can also be added as “to-do items”. You can collaborate with others by assigning tasks, prioritize items, and track your progress.
- Pocket – Save to Pocket is another Extension that helps you save items you find on the web for later consumption. It can save articles, videos, and anything you find on the web.
I couldn’t help but add a bonus browser extension that is fantastic and hot off the presses! I saved the best for last. Picmonic now has a Google Chrome browser extension for NPs and NP students called Med Study Pop Up. The Med Study Pop-up by Picmonic Chrome Extension lets you hover on any med topic in your Chrome Browser, and automatically see summary snapshots, high-yield fact lists, and quick access to 3-minute picture mnemonic (Picmonic) video, quizzes, and related media images. It’s super easy, created and maintained by top medical scholars, and totally free.
In this post, we explored some amazingly helpful Google Chrome Browser Extensions for nurse practitioners and healthcare providers. Really, anyone can benefit from their usage. I hope you found them useful for your everyday lives and work. Most of these were focused on productivity, organization, and research. Which Extensions do you recommend?
Article Updated: 7/23/2021