Getting the right answer to your question is hard when you’re constantly on the go. When the question is simple, it is more than reasonable to get the answer fast and as accurate as possible. As nurses, our first instinct is to Google everything. But little do we know, the content that Google offers such as Wikipedia and Ads often make it difficult to look through to get the right answer.
Let’s Google “Aspirin” for instance…
You can see that the first choice is an Ad that tries to sell a brand of Aspirin. The second website is yet again trying to sell Aspirin at Walgreens. More than likely, you’ll end up having to scroll further down to search for the most accurate website to get optimized information about Aspirin. With the mismatch of information, you’ll likely go to Wikipedia.. because it’s displayed right in your face. But as we all know, Wikipedia is not a reliable website.
Having a reliable search engine is critical during nursing school. As we move towards a generation that is dependent on apps and other search engines, I have finally discovered one of the easiest search engines I’ve ever used.
How does this differ from any other search engine?
It’s for anyone who is solely interested in medical information.
Meaning….Reliable medical sources! Evidence-Based Articles! No ADS!
OpenMD.com is a clean, simple health search engine that is easy to read and navigate through. It is not covered up by useless ads or articles, which plays a role in their mission to improve access to medical content. Layouts are concise and very pleasing to the eyes. It is truly the most reliable search engine that I’ve ever used in my nursing career.
Now let’s take a look at this site and search “Aspirin” again…
How clean and organized is this search? I am truly impressed. As you can see, all of your medical information about Aspirin is organized by different categories:
All of these factors are necessities to understanding the pharmacological mechanisms of any drug. Can’t find what you’re looking for from the top section alone? No worries! As you keep scrolling further down, Openmd.com provides other sources from reliable websites such as Medscape and Epocrates! It also shows results of reliable articles filled with numerous information from different organizations such as Mayo Clinic and American Heart Association.
Hope you all found this article useful to your everyday studies! I personally have Openmd.com in my favorites to easily access the site at any point while I am at work. It has saved me so much time since I am no longer having to verify website sources and their credibility.
· Home page is very well organized.
· The layout is clean, easy to read and to navigate through
· I appreciate that the website rearranges itself to fit whatever the size of the screen is.
· I appreciate how there’s no ads. Again, the minimalist layout is very pleasing to me.
· Main and side menus are limited, which in this case is not a bad thing. The lesser menus you have, the better it is to navigate through.
What are your thoughts about Openmd.com? Feel free to comment below!