Do I NEED a PDA? Anyone get through school just fine w/o one?

  1. 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.
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  3. by   manna
    I don't necessarily think you'd HAVE to get one, unless your school requires it - it's probably just more the fact that they're handy. For example, using the drug guides and other programs in the PDA as opposed to lugging around several thick, heavy books.
  4. by   Truly_Blessed
    I don't use one that's for sure. I feel it would only make things more complicated for me. I don't feel it's a neccesity. Everyone before all of these new gadgets came out made it through college just fine. I've done fine all year without these things and I'm sure I'll be ok w/o them the rest of the time I am in school
  5. by   klone
    Quote from manna
    For example, using the drug guides and other programs in the PDA as opposed to lugging around several thick, heavy books.
    Okay, I haven't started clinicals yet, so maybe you can explain this to me. What do you mean by "lugging around several thick, heavy books"? People don't actually have to bring these to class or clinicals, do they? I thought they were for reading assigned chapters at home, and for reference. Do you actually have to carry them around with you?
  6. by   mitchsmom
    I don't see any of my classmates in my program using laptops or PDA's in and around class, but I haven't started clinicals yet. Maybe everyone will suddenly whip them out, guess I'll see.
  7. by   studentnurse74
    I have a little pocket calendar that I scribble on and carry around! :chuckle
    I've seen the clipboards for nurses with "cheat sheets", and also the little pocket sized nursing reference books. Is it that much more convenient to get a palm? (Especially for someone like me, who probably couldn't figure out how to work it?)
  8. by   jenrninmi
    Quote from klone
    Okay, I haven't started clinicals yet, so maybe you can explain this to me. What do you mean by "lugging around several thick, heavy books"? People don't actually have to bring these to class or clinicals, do they? I thought they were for reading assigned chapters at home, and for reference. Do you actually have to carry them around with you?
    Yes, you'll need your books for clinical rotations, at least we do. Actually for my med/surg rotation I'm currently on the instructor has the books there already so none of us need to carry them around. I just bring my clipboard, paper and a pen.
  9. by   FutureNurse2005
    we arent allowed "toys" for classes and clinicals. find out if you can have them before you buy!
  10. by   RNKITTY04
    Whats a PDA? :chuckle Never used one, dont see me using one at this point.
  11. by   MishlB
    Personally I think it's a waste of money. I see many nurses using it as a calculator, when my little 4.99 machine does just fine. I never carried big books around. There is so much software that can be purchased, and I guess if you like gadgets and have the money to blow, go for it. I think you can survive without it...really.
  12. by   wonderbee
    I love my PDA. For clinical, I found it a helpful time saver and organizer. I have the Tungsten E.
  13. by   Tony35NYC
    If you can afford a PDA its a neat tool to have, but they don't permit us to use PDAs or calculators in our clinicals. They require that we have the Davis drug book handy to look up all our meds and that we hand work all our med math. I keep that and a tiny pocket med-surg guide and the drug book in my labcoat pockets all the time. They're much cheaper than buying a PDA and work just as well.
  14. by   justjenny
    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.

    HTH
    Jenny

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