How does a PDA help you during school and clinicals? - page 3

(First of all please don't forward this to the PDA forum right away because it's way too slow. Thanks) Hello. I was thinking about buying a PDA for school, and for anything thereafter and I was... Read More

  1. by   RN007
    Quote from Scrubz
    By the way, how does the handwriting function work when taking notes? Do you write, or do you have to click and drag letters?
    Scrubz,

    There are two 'writing' functions:

    1.) You write letters to enter data, like scheduling info, on calendars, contact forms, etc. The letters are almost exactly like writing on paper, except for special symbols.
    2.) In the notes function, you write freehand--with the stylus, as you would on paper using a pen, and it saves it just like that. I use it for writing notes to myself during clinicals.

    One thing to know: As you start loading software, it'll eat up memory. Make sure you have enough. I bought a memory card. For that reason, I don't load photos, music, etc. Use it strictly for nursing.

    If you have another other questions, feel free to use this forum or PM me. I use my Palm a lot.

    RN007 (aka Linda)
  2. by   catlover13
    Hi,

    I ablsolutely love my palm T/X.

    I use the free expocrates software, try to keep it updated. Love the fact that this drug database is always up to date. If you are using a book, that book is already out of date even if new....pharm changes so quickly.

    I used it for lots of drug info needed on care plans, interactions, side effects, labs, and nursing needs.

    Pharm is one of my weaker points, and it is a valuable tool for me to be able to pull out and access the info anywhere, anytime.

    I'd be lost without it.

    I also use the calendar function, memo, and have downloaded a nifty, also free program, eponyms, that has definitions of some of the medical terms. I'd be sitting in class and it was fun when the teacher would tell us to look something up after class, and I'd already have it. :-)

    A couple of things to consider.....

    I put my palm in keypad lock, because I found that it would sometimes get bumped in my bag or pocket, and turn on. This feature shuts it right back off. Just helps protect your investment.

    I use the hard cover that came with the T/X to help protect the screen from getting accidentally bumped.

    Some palms come with a built in camera. My schoolmate bought a used palm and it had a camera. Now our school, and some facilities are banning all cameras, in PDA's and phones because of the possible HIPPA violations.

    As for me....I'm studying for boards, just graduated Dec 06....

    Lynn
  3. by   franckwaa
    I think PDA is good if you know how to play with gadgets. It saves you the burden of carrying those heavy books in the suit case and so on. Imagine having Potter Perry Book with those other crazy books together. Now i can convert most of my books into e-books, pdf and have them on my cassiopea pda. This saves me from carrying more loads and enables me read anywhere.
  4. by   jov
    Quote from Scrubz
    By the way, how does the handwriting function work when taking notes? Do you write, or do you have to click and drag letters?
    There are actually three ways to "write" into the Palm
    1) use the "palm alphabet"
    2) write directly into the notepad with the stylus
    3) use the drop down keyboard to "type" with the stylus

    I generally use #3 because you end up having some cryptic entries when you use the palm alphabet...
  5. by   pdmech73
    PDA's are divided into two types- Palm OS (palm operating system) and PPC (windows mobile operating system).

    I prefer PPC (pocket PC) devices instead of Palm. You can buy a wireless keyboard (infrared or bluetooth) to use on your device which makes it kind of like a laptop. Some PDA's have the "thumb-pad keyboard" which you can attach to the pda itself. This helps instead of trying to tap in letters with the stylus.

    I have a Dell Axim x30 pda with a wireless keyboard. I prefer my T-Mobile MDA now so I don't have to carry my phone and my Dell Axim pda. What's nice about the MDA is that it has a sliding keyboard. seen here:



    -Paul :-)
  6. by   dawnelle
    How do you put your books into ebooks? That sounds great, can I do that on my Palm T/X?

    Thanks
  7. by   Scrubz
    Quote from jov
    There are actually three ways to "write" into the Palm
    1) use the "palm alphabet"
    2) write directly into the notepad with the stylus
    3) use the drop down keyboard to "type" with the stylus

    I generally use #3 because you end up having some cryptic entries when you use the palm alphabet...
    The Palm TX has a drop down keyboard?
  8. by   FLAtoNYC
    I bought a TX this weekend and had my first clinical with it yesterday. It was out of my hands at least 20 times because it was sooooo useful. I downloaded Davis's, RN notes, MEdSurg notes, an assessment guide and this diagnosis/intervention program that has all the NANDA as well as diseases and relevant diagnoses for each so you can focus assessments. It was a dream for those on the spot questions about "priority interventions" and took a whole 3 seconds to find the info. Plus i bough all skyscape programs and you can cross reference them with eachother. The documents to go is super cool too because I didnt even need a pen or paper to fill out my flow sheets and other paperwork the school needs us to fill out (the hospital is computerized so it i just for our instructors). Then when I got home, all I had to do was hotsync and everything i entered into the palm is now on my Laptop. I swear it took at least an hour off my care plan time.

    Quite an investment, when all was said and done I spent 550 but TOTALLY worth it and recommended. Make sure to get a lot of memory cause I used already 57mb of the 100 available and thats just for school stuff.
  9. by   Scrubz
    Quote from FLAtoNYC
    I bought a TX this weekend and had my first clinical with it yesterday. It was out of my hands at least 20 times because it was sooooo useful. I downloaded Davis's, RN notes, MEdSurg notes, an assessment guide and this diagnosis/intervention program that has all the NANDA as well as diseases and relevant diagnoses for each so you can focus assessments. It was a dream for those on the spot questions about "priority interventions" and took a whole 3 seconds to find the info. Plus i bough all skyscape programs and you can cross reference them with eachother. The documents to go is super cool too because I didnt even need a pen or paper to fill out my flow sheets and other paperwork the school needs us to fill out (the hospital is computerized so it i just for our instructors). Then when I got home, all I had to do was hotsync and everything i entered into the palm is now on my Laptop. I swear it took at least an hour off my care plan time.

    Quite an investment, when all was said and done I spent 550 but TOTALLY worth it and recommended. Make sure to get a lot of memory cause I used already 57mb of the 100 available and thats just for school stuff.
    Cool, I hope it's the useful for me!
  10. by   Jules A
    I'm older and not real familiar with these devices. Can I ask if anyone worries about theirs getting stolen? Are they something you can keep on your person at all times?

    Are they mostly for drug info? I don't like reading from the computer so I wouldn't use it for the ebooks. Thanks, Jules
  11. by   jov
    Quote from Scrubz
    The Palm TX has a drop down keyboard?
    drop down as in virtual drop down keyboard- the keyboard on the screen slides down or slides up to be hidden
  12. by   Megsd
    Quote from Jules A
    I'm older and not real familiar with these devices. Can I ask if anyone worries about theirs getting stolen? Are they something you can keep on your person at all times?

    Are they mostly for drug info? I don't like reading from the computer so I wouldn't use it for the ebooks. Thanks, Jules
    I've never really worried about mine being stolen. I keep it in my pants pocket or in my lab coat, so it's always on me. And mine is password-protected so even if someone did steal it, they can't access my stuff.

    I have epocrates essentials on mine (had to buy it for school) and I use it as a drug guide, to look up lab value norms, medical diagnoses, and a few other tools. I find it very valuable to be able to do all this on the spot wherever I am.

    I had a patient one day who had been to her primary physician prior to being admitted to the hospital. He prescribed some medication, but she was admitted to the hospital before she filled it. Since her admission they did a culture and sensitivity on her (she wound up having pneumonia) and she was on an antibiotic currently. The day I cared for her she was cleaning out her purse and found the old prescription and wanted to know what it was. I simply used my PDA and looked up the drug (which happened to be a different antibiotic) and explained to her why she should not fill it at this time. My patient was very impressed with my knowledge and how I was able to access it without even leaving the room.

    In addition to the medical stuff, I also keep my calendar on my PDA so I have an idea of what I'm doing that day. I find it to be helpful also.
  13. by   Jules A
    Thanks Meghan!

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