PDA's for nurses... Anyone use them? - page 3

hi all...i was looking into pda's and what they have to offer a nurse. i have seen them that have the drug guides, pdr's, and lots of other nursing helps built in. does anyone use these? are they... Read More

  1. by   nursepotter05
    Quote from chickn-nurse
    i would really love to have one. where do you purchase these. i am from a small town and dont think they have anything like that. they just now have sat radio...lol.
    i bought mine at best buy. dell has some you can purchase online. places like office depot and officemax has them.
  2. by   mitchsmom
    CompUSA has the best selection I've seen so far in real life (online places have them all...google "PDA's" and you'll come up with all kinds of stuff).
    I'm trying to decide which PDA to get right now.

    How much would you say you guys have spent on your programs on average? I need to know that so I can decide how much $ I have to spend on the PDA itself.
  3. by   nursemike
    Quote from mitchsmom
    CompUSA has the best selection I've seen so far in real life (online places have them all...google "PDA's" and you'll come up with all kinds of stuff).
    I'm trying to decide which PDA to get right now.

    How much would you say you guys have spent on your programs on average? I need to know that so I can decide how much $ I have to spend on the PDA itself.
    I've spent about as much on software as on the PDA itself--about $200. I probably should have saved almost 50 by skipping the RN Dx program. It's not bad, but when I careplan, I have all my books available, so I don't really use it.
    I got the Davis Drug Guide and Taber's in a package for about 70 bucks, but ePocrates has a free drug guide that isn't bad. If you google Palm software, there are a bunch of places, and a lot have programs you can download on trial for free. They won't have most of the info, but you can at least try them and see if you like them.
    There's probably another 100 bucks worth or so I want, but that may have to wait until I'm making nurse's pay.
  4. by   rebelmama7
    Quote from chickn-nurse
    i would really love to have one. where do you purchase these. i am from a small town and dont think they have anything like that. they just now have sat radio...lol.
    my dad bought me a sony at overstock.com when i finished my prereqs and started nursing classes. new would have been about $500 and he paid $150 for a refurbished one, like i can even tell the difference. they don't always have them, but if they do i think it's worth it. also, definitely go to epocrates.com and get their free drug guide. i can't wait until i can afford to get their package for nurses.
  5. by   *PICURN*
    I have a Dell Axim Pocket PC with

    Davis Drug Guide
    Nursing Procedures
    Nurse's Disease Check

    The drug guide by far is what I use the most. The Nursing Procedures program has been very helpful, since I am a new grad. It also gives you photo/diagrams of the procedure you are looking up.
  6. by   galwaynyc
    hi. i just saw your posting. i'm shopping for my first pda and am thinking about buying the tungsten t5 and i was wondering which pda you use.
    thanks.

    Quote from kevin88gt
    whatever pda you get....get one with a keyboard...it will make life much easier. let me know if you have any other pda related questions.
  7. by   KEVIN88GT
    I use the Clie UX-50 (available at e-bay at great prices...just make sure you ask if it comes with a 1 year warranty and if it is refurbished or not.... nothing wrong with refurbished ones..except they have a 90 day warranty instead, the benefit though is you get it much cheaper.)
  8. by   nursemike
    Quote from galwaynyc
    hi. i just saw your posting. i'm shopping for my first pda and am thinking about buying the tungsten t5 and i was wondering which pda you use.
    thanks.
    my tungsten e crapped out on me. boo! so i bought a t5. yay! the screen and being able to change orientation are nice. might not quite be worth the additional money, but i've always hated to scrimp on tools.
    get a hard case, whatever you chose.
    i'm giving my dad a zire 72 for his birthday, tomorrow. it has some features i envy--digital camera and voice recorder. it would be iffy, at best, to use the camera for nursing, but it'd be fun to have in my travels, and the voice recording could be really handy. and you can get a gps receiver for it, which i don't need, but really want.
    they're starting to crop up all over in nsg school.
    Last edit by nursemike? on Jan 25, '05
  9. by   galwaynyc
    Many of my classmates have the zire 72. It's nice but I like the extra memory the T5 has. The voice recorder may be handy in school but I'm almost done and in the clinical setting I don't think it would get used much. I know I could buy a WiFi card seperate for it but I wonder if I wait will a new model have it built in already? I'm really undecided. I was also looking at some Dell pocket pcs and was wondering then about the different operating systems.... windows or palm. Will it make much difference to me? I don't know.
    Anyone have any other thoughts to contribute?


    Quote from nursemike?
    My Tungsten E crapped out on me. Boo! So I bought a T5. Yay! The screen and being able to change orientation are nice. Might not quite be worth the additional money, but I've always hated to scrimp on tools.
    Get a hard case, whatever you chose.
    I'm giving my Dad a Zire 72 for his birthday, tomorrow. It has some features I envy--digital camera and voice recorder. It would be iffy, at best, to use the camera for nursing, but it'd be fun to have in my travels, and the voice recording could be really handy. And you can get a GPS receiver for it, which I don't need, but really want.
    They're starting to crop up all over in nsg school.

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