I noticed the technology postings, and some(most) of the other students I've met have smartphones - I found that out the hard way when the cna instructor divvied up clinicals by who sent the first email... kinda-hard to do with my "granpa" phone.
Anyway - here's my question - are phones allowed @ clinicals @ Gateway? Is there a real benefit to getting one? Looks like some nursing programs REQUIRE a PDA, and others don't want you to have one, and we haven't been given any info as of yet that said one way or the other.
I'm mostly concerned about care plans - being able to knock them out quickly and accurately without staying up all night, hopefully during those short breaks during clinicals.
From what I've been able to decipher on the tech forums, even an 8 gig Itouch should help, if I loaded the drug guide, epocrates and medCalc. I'm reluctant to take on a $50/mo data plan if I've gotta leave the Iphone/droid in the car, or if we're not allowed to use it during clinicals... also a little bit wary of carrying around a $600 phone, since I've never had a phone last more than a year in my pocket... I'm thinking a used <$100 ipod touch might be a decent compromise.
Any thoughts from current/former Gateway students?