Quote from klone
I'm kind of anti-technology. Don't get me wrong, I love my computer. But that's about it. I'm reading all these threads about PDAs and bringing laptops to school, etc. I'm wondering if there are people (in the 21st century) who are getting through or already got through school just fine without one.
Tell me why I NEED one.
You need one if YOU feel that you need one (for organization, etc)
So far in clinicals I have not used mine (nursing home) I have the Nursing Clipboard (you can get it all over - try allheart.com) with a calculator on it. Of course, we are not figuring ABG's etc.. at the nursing home so I *fully* expect to use it next year (Med-surg)
As far as meds... we are emailed our meds ahead of time and have to make up 3 x 5 cards on the meds and give report on each med before it is passed (therapeutic action, class, why pt. would be taking it, etc.) of course using my pda would have saved me HOURS and HOURS this semester (some pts. had 13-15 meds!!!!!!) but since I went through each med one by one I really "learned" it - and usually don't even need to look up a more common med to give report.
I am a gadget freak/technology freak and so I "HAD" to have one....I think I will use it more down the road closer to graduation and as an RN.... but not so much just starting out.