Best Smartwatch for Nurses
Nurses always had a special role in our lives, and especially with the pandemic going on nurses became our heroes. Most of the times, despite being their job, nurses will prioritize others and may tend to forget about their wellbeing. A smartwatch that can constantly track your health, stress level and many more can be exactly what a nurse is lacking. Having something that reminds them that their health is important by providing reports about their health status can eliminate the risk of complications caused by overwork and stress pressure.
- 1 Best smartwatches for nurses
- 1.1 Buying guide
Best smartwatches for nurses
Apple Watch Series 6 (40mm)
Apple Watch Series 5 has a thickness below the average (10.4 mm) which makes it quite small despite its 1.57’’ screen size. Also, the wearing feeling is really natural due to its weight of only 30.5 g. When it comes to the resistance you can rest assured that it won’t let you down as Apple Watch Series 5 is able to resist against shocks and high levels of force due to its branded damage resistant glass. Also, it is dustproof and waterproof, and it has a waterproof depth rating of 50m. Moreover, it is also sweat resistant which will allow you to use it even in a hot and busy day without worrying. The smartwatch supports Bluetooth v5 and Wi-Fi connection and it is compatible with every Apple product (unfortunately it is not compatible with Android or Windows devices). It has multiple sensors and activity modes that will track your health and will provide useful information which can be used to improve both your body and your mental health. Also, it can be used to receive calls and texts as well to reply.
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2
A really light and compact smartwatch, Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 has a thickness of 10.9mm and weighs only 26g (which is about half of the weight of the average). It has superior connectivity as it is able to support Wi-Fi (both 4 and 5), supports Bluetooth v5, has NFC, supports ANT+ and it is compatible with a wide range of Android and iOS devices. Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2 is able to track your sleep and analyse it providing you with reports every day. Also, it automatically detects activities saving you the time from entering it manually. It has several trackers such as calorie intake, water intake, weight tracker, elevation tracker, distance and steps tracker and many more which can provide you useful information about your current health state. Moreover, the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2 can be used to receive and reply text messages and answer incoming calls. It supports voice commands which makes it even easier to use as you can access whatever you want just using your voice.
Apple Watch Series 3
Apple Watch Series 3 is a thin a compact smartwatch that weight only 26.7 g. It has a thickness of 11.4mm and a screen size of 1.5’’. This smartwatch can easily withstand shocks and high levels of force due to its branded damage-resistant glass. Its durability is enhanced even more by its dustproof and waterproof features. Moreover, it is also sweat resistant that makes it perfect to wear even in hot and busy days without worrying a bit about any damage. It also has multiple trackers that constantly tracks your activity and your vital signs providing you with useful reports. Unfortunately, it does not track your sleep. Apple Watch Series 3 supports Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. However, it can only be connected to Apple devices as it won’t support any Android or Windows device. The watch has call control and can be used to answer calls and it supports voice commands as well. The battery can last for up to a day and a full charge can take up to two hours.
Garmin Vivoactive 3
Compared with other smartwatches, Garmin Vivoactive 3 can be considered quite thick and heavy as it weights 43 g and it has a thickness of 11.7 mm. However, in terms of resistance, it is on par with the top of the charts. As any reputable smartwatch, Garmin Vivoactive 3 has branded damage-resistant glass which will ensure you a good resistance against shocks and force. Also, it is dustproof, sweat-resistant and waterproof with a waterproof depth rating of 50m. It has several trackers and activity modes that help you improve your lifestyle and improve your health. In terms of connectivity, it supports Android and iOS devices but unfortunately, it does not support Windows devices. The battery can last for up to 7 days (normal usage) and it can last for up to 13 hours with the GPS always on. Garmin Vivoactive 3 is able to receive notifications and control the incoming calls.
Fitbit Versa Lite
Fitbit Versa Lite is a smartwatch suitable for the ones with lower budgets. However, it does not mean that the quality is far inferior. Fitbit Versa Lite is equipped with branded damage-resistant glass which makes it able to withstand shocks and high levels of force. Also, it has a waterproof depth rating of 50m and its benefits of a dustproof and sweat-resistant design. In terms of design, it is quite small and compact as it has a thickness of 11.2mm with a height of 40mm and width of 40mm. The watch can be operated even in hot days as it can withstand temperatures of up to 60°C.
Fitbit Versa Lite is able to provide reports based on your activity and sleep which can be used to improve your health. Moreover, it can support multiple sport modes to help your training. The watch is compatible with Android and iOS devices and it supports Wi-Fi and Bluetooth as well. The battery can last for up to 4 days and it can be fully charged in about 2 hours. Unfortunately, the watch cannot be used to control the calls, but it can be used to receive notifications.
Amazfit GTS is a smartwatch with high-quality features for lower budgets. It is mostly preferred by females due to its really small thickness of only 9.4mm. It has a quite generous screen size of 1.65’’ and it weighs 24.8 g which can be considered really light compared with most of the smartwatches available on the market. In terms of resistance, Amazfit GTS is not falling behind at all. As most of the well-known smartwatches, Amazfit GTS has branded damage-resistant glass and it has a dustproof, waterproof and sweat-resistant design. Its waterproof depth rating is 50 m. Amazfit GTS is able to track your sleep and provide you with useful reports that can help you track your health.
It also can track your activity and some vital signs and help you improve your health based on the reports provided. In terms of connectivity, despite not being able to connect to Wi-Fi, Amazfit GTS does not fall behind at all. It supports Android and iOS but unfortunately, it does not support Windows devices. The battery can last for up to 14 days and for more than a day with the GPS always turned on. While it has call control functions, it won’t be able to be used for answering incoming calls. Also, Amazfit GTS is able to receive notifications and to locate your phone.
Haylou SmartWatch LS1
Haylou SmartWatch LS1 is a budget-friendly smartwatch that offers quite a lot for its price. In terms of design, Haylou LS1 is relatively thick as it measures 11.6 mm (thickness). It has a width of 35.7mm and a height of 40.9mm but taking into account its size and thickness, it can be considered a light smartwatch as it weights only 34g. Also, the smartwatch is dustproof and waterproof which provide a good level of resistance. Unfortunately, it is not able to withstand shocks and high levels of force as the glass is not a damage-resistant one. Haylou LS1 is able to monitor your heart rate, track your sleep, track your activity and provide reports that can help you improve your health.
Regarding its connectivity, this smartwatch supports Android and iOS devices and it can also support Bluetooth connectivity. The battery can last for up to 14 days and a full recharge require about 2.5 hours of charging time. Haylou LS1 can be used to receive notifications and it has call control functions, however, it can not be used to answer the calls. As it does not have a microphone, it does not support voice commands as well. But taking into account that it is a budget-friendly smartwatch, it offers quite a lot for a smartwatch under 50$.
These days it became more and more difficult to find a smartwatch suitable for you just by considering your preferences, let alone your job. We all know that nurses have a difficult job and deserve the best. Before buying a smartwatch, it is essential to check some features that may prove crucial for some.
First of all, you should check if the smartwatch you intend to buy is able to be connected to your phone. If you own a Windows phone this is going to be a tough job but as long as you own an Android or iOS, you should be fine with most of the smartwatches on the market. But, be careful as there are some exceptions as well (for example Apple smartwatches support only iOS devices).
If you are going to use the smartwatch while working, it would be better if you consider its size, thickness and weight before buying as it may have a small impact on your work. Having a smartwatch that is way too big that it should be can lead to some unfortunate accidents, as the smartwatch is not part of your body you can not actually feel how big it is and you can easily smash it in tables and cabinets by accident.
Sometimes you have to work really long hours and having a smartwatch that can be used all day long without worrying about the battery can be less stressful. Also, if you constantly use the GPS from your watch on your way home, you have to make sure that it always has enough battery for you to reach home.
While most of the times notification can be a pain, sometimes when you can’t have your phone with you being able to see them every now and then can be quite helpful. There can be some situations and some calls or text that you really can’t afford to miss or require an immediate answer, therefore notifications are way more important that may seem to be.
Can the smartwatch interfere with the work causing accidents?
Depending on the size of the smartwatch and the work you are doing, it certainly can. However, if you are doing something that can’t cause harm to you and to anyone else having a smartwatch won’t be troublesome at all as long as it is not too big and you won’t smash it on every desk, table, cabinet and any piece of furniture in your way. Therefore, as long as there is no potential harm involved you should be fine with any smartwatch that fits your wrist.
Do you need to have the smartwatch connected to your phone to receive notifications?
Yes, the smartwatch should be connected in order to receive notifications as you will first receive the notifications on your phone then from your phone to the smartwatch. Unless the smartwatch is connected to your phone, you won’t be able to see them as your phone is the one making the connection between the sender and the receiver(you).