PDA software for nurses and students

  1. any of you folks use pda software as students or in practice if so what are some good titles i am looking at the davis drug guide but it doesnt seem to have interactions i just bought a new pocket pc pda and would like to get some input on good nursing titles thanks

    Mat Price
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  3. by   PhillyNurse
    hey ,

    i tried to send this earlier, but of course i got kicked off my computer just as i was sending.... technology ... so you may get this twice.... but anyways.. here i go again...

    we have these required references we need to get for classes at drexel u. they've been really helpful to me, so hopefully you can get some use out of them too...

    oh, and we had to get davis' drug guide too so i don't know much about other ones out there... but, go to the skyscape link and search for more drug guides.. they have a lot of stuff on their site, so i'm sure you'll find something useful there....

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    **** you need $$$$$$$$$$ for these books, but, i also included some free sites at the bottom for other software that's also pretty good...
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    electronic books:
    1) diseases and disorders: a nursing therapeutics manual,
    2) nurse's manual of laboratory and diagnostic tests,
    3) davis's drug guide for nurses,
    4) stedman's dictionary
    5) rnassess-practical guide to health assessment through the life span, and
    6) lippincott manual of nursing practice: procedures pda
    (please do not purchase references until instructed to do so)

    recommended (if you are a novice pc user):
    joos, i., whitman, n. i., smith, m. j., & nelson, r. (2000). computers in small bytes: a workbook for healthcare professionals (3rd ed.). sudbury, ma: jones and bartlett publishers. isbn - 0-7637-1041-5

    the references can be purchased online from skyscape.

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    **** here are the free ones :d

    ** this is good protection software for your pda:
    download airscanner encryper software onto your pda from: http://www.airscanner.com/mobile

    :hatparty: *** this is such a great program. you will get good use out of it.... and..... it's totally free!
    download diagnosaurus from http://books.mcgraw-hill.com/medical/diagnosaurus/index.html

    :hatparty: *** this is really good for clinicals, free too!
    download: patient tracker from handheldmed at https://secure.handheldmed.com

    *** haven't used these too much but it's free... might be useful later on.. haven't needed them yet...
    *** ama links for free software downloads
    http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/category/5101.html

    *** pda buyer's guide
    http://www.pdabuyersguide.com/software.htm

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    ok... that's all i have....... enjoy!
  4. by   Mat Price
    thanks i am realy interested can you tell me if the davis drug guide has interactions on it ? i wanna check these out and get some cool stuff i got a new sdell modell 400mgh 64 meg i can;t wait till it comes in i love new toys !!!!
  5. by   jaimealmostRN
    Hi, I just wanted to chime in. I recently used Handango.com to buy Lippencott drug guide and Rncrashcart....b/c of a computer "malfunction" I was charged 5 times!!! yes, 5 times!!! (5 x $70) Despite communication with their online customer service (no phone c.s. figures :angryfire ) and an angry phone call to their sales dept. I have only been refunded once (for one extra payment). This site is not customer friendly, do not use it. Now I'm buying all my PDA software from bookstores (mostly B&N).
  6. by   septicwad
    Quote from Mat Price
    thanks i am realy interested can you tell me if the davis drug guide has interactions on it ? i wanna check these out and get some cool stuff i got a new sdell modell 400mgh 64 meg i can;t wait till it comes in i love new toys !!!!
    I use ePocrates on my desktop and PDA. It will check for interactions for up to thirty medications and herbals. It lacks some of the information that you will find under the heading "Nursing Implications" in the hardcopy of Davis's Drug Guide, so I haven't been able to divorce myself of the book. It's a major assest to have ePocrates on the PDA when I'm passing medications during clinicals. You can get a trial version. Here is a URL for some PDA applications (free):

    http://www.pdacortex.com/software_palm.htm
  7. by   PhillyNurse
    good morning,

    i just checked and yes :d davis' does have interactions in it and a lot more, including contraind/precautions, adv. reaction/side effects, and so on.... i haven't needed to use it too much yet -- i have pharmacology in the next two terms so i'll be definitely using it a lot then...

    i bought all of my references from skyscape and personally have had no problems with their site... if you go to this site link below and type "drexel" in the promotion code text box, you might be able to get the 20% or so off on your purchases that i got through my school.. it's worth a try... i don't know if your school offers discounts on pda software.. in my program it's mandatory to have them so they have negotiated discounts with certain places..

    look here: www.skyscape.com/promotion

    good luck!
  8. by   jam0601
    My preceptor has PEPID. I just signed up for a 10 day free online trial to see if I can navigate through it easy. Seems to have a lot of info and easy to navigate.

    WWW.pepidonline.com

    Jill
  9. by   Mat Price
    Quote from septicwad
    I use ePocrates on my desktop and PDA. It will check for interactions for up to thirty medications and herbals. It lacks some of the information that you will find under the heading "Nursing Implications" in the hardcopy of Davis's Drug Guide, so I haven't been able to divorce myself of the book. It's a major assest to have ePocrates on the PDA when I'm passing medications during clinicals. You can get a trial version. Here is a URL for some PDA applications (free):

    http://www.pdacortex.com/software_palm.htm
    does epocrates come for PC os or just palm os ?

    Thanks
    Mat
  10. by   epg_pei
    I checked too Matt, it's for palm only

    I have another question for the nurses using their PDAs on the floor. What kind of case do you use? The belt-clip ones won't hold a heavier PDA on a pair of scrub pants, not if you're running all day. Does anyone have a lead on a case that you can wear around the neck on a lanyard? I thought I had heard about one called a Joey, but I can't find anything on it.

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