Ugh!!! Do NOT use the link feature it will forever lose your long winded reply...
Anyway, Sue PDA Queen here...
Here's what to look for in a PDA. At least 16mb internal memory with an expansion card (usually Secure Digital or Memory Stick).
I concur with sticking with Palm OS, not only are there more choices for software, software takes up a lot less room. For example, Taber's Med Dix takes up 13mb in Palm OS and 21mb in Pocket PC...
Sony has 2 entry level palms currently on market... TJ197 and TJ 297. Both have 32mb internal memory, 320x320 color screen, Sony Memory Stick slot, both take pix (don't get in the habit of taking pt's pix though-HIPPA). The 297 is also WiFi capable, can access wireless network where one is available. Caveat Emptor, Sony now has a 12 month PARTS but only 90 day labor warranty on their PDA's. Also, since Memory Stick is proprietary to Sony, you won't see as many sales on them. $199 &$299 respectively.
Palm's Zire 31 $149 is a great value. 160x160 color display (you'll notice its not as bright as the Sony's or higher end Palms). Don't know if you remember the old dual scan laptop computers, but its that technology. But, its got 14mb internal w/ a Secure Digital memory card slot (I think the 14mb could be pushing it, but you can probably live with it if need be). All Palm's have a 12month parts/labor warranty.
Palm's Zire 72 is much nicer w/camera and 32mb internal SD slot, but its $299.
Palm's Tungsten E is the most bang for your buck in the Palm lineup. 320x320 color screen, 32mb internal memory, SD card slot. Funky connector though, so you'll have to go wireless if you want to connect to a keyboard. Right now, I know Circuit City has them for $199 w/ 2 syli and a case.
Also, look on ebay for the Sony SJ22, they aren't available in stores, but have been a big seller on ebay. You might be able to find one new (don't pay more than $100 though). They have 320x320 color screen, 16mb internal memory w/ memory stick card slot.
Memory stick or Secure Digital cards: Get a 128mb and you should be find. Around $50-60 but you can often find them on sale (especially secure digital). BTW, Sandisk makes all flash memory cards - even when they say Sony or Palm or whoever on them). So if Sandisk is on sale, get a Sandisk brand.
BTW, when buying keyboards for PDA's go here... www.thinkoutside.com
They make all the keyboards for the PDA's under various names like Fellowes, Belking, Sony, etc. If you buy direct from them w/o the name, you'll save a lot.
Places to get that Nursey software... www.pdacortex.com
and my personal favorite... www.skyscape.com
Skyscape will link all of there Skyscape programs together on your Palm which is great. I have Davis Drug Guide, Taber's, RNNotes, and some Careplan program and they're all linked, very cool. Also, the more programs you buy at one time, they higher discount you get. When you install them, Skyscape will ask you where you want them (internal memory-NO or Memory card-YES). Great programs, great tech. support too!
I use my PDA everyday and would be lost w/o it.
O.k. I think I'm done now... Happy shopping!!!