Typical cellular data use in NS - page 2

Hi, everyone! Question! I'm planning on taking the HESI test in January for nursing school, and I'm thinking of buying a new smartphone for nursing school. I don't have one right now, hence my... Read More

  1. by   mrsboots87
    You are very out of touch. There is a safety reason for a two nurse check of blood products and it is definitely not redundant. But I guess you just don't know what you don't know. No facility is going to put in the money to create these convenient technological advances for you. And much of what you mention is completely unnecessary.

    Blocking out your personal life to go to school is a terrible idea likely to backfire on you. You will need support and people to turn to to blow off steam. Becoming a recluse would be counterproductive.

    You're getting in over your head with all of this. Having multiple apple devices is a luxury and definitely not a necessity. Some school requires tablets, but most don't. Many facilities don't allow students to have phones, tabs, or laptops during clinical due to privacy issues and looking bad to patients if students are on them. Wait until you actually get accepted to a program and see what, if any, of this stuff you will need.
  2. by   missmollie
    You aren't even in nursing school yet so take a deep breath and calm down. There is no need to spend upwards of 2k on electronics.

    Yes, you'll need a smartphone in school and you'll use it to research medications before giving them to a patient in clinical. If you already have a smartphone, then you are good. Your school may require you to have a specific type of laptop to take tests on, apparently this is a thing now. So wait until you are accepted and you know what you need. An ipad can save you money on textbooks, but only if you actually use it for textbooks. It's already September, ask for it as a gift for Christmas.

    No amount of technology will help you pass nursing school without the proper amount of studying. The one thing you do need is a smartphone. Everything else is not important.

    Best of luck on your HESI!
  3. by   blondy2061h
    I didn't have a smartphone or tablet or Apple watch when I was in nursing school. I had a laptop. I got through. iPads weren't invented yet.

    When I was in NP, school the iPad was around by then. I bought the first generation when the second generation came out. I found that very helpful in class. I bought eBook version of my textbooks and downloaded them into the Kindle app. I had an app that let me annotate PDFs, and we could download the slides being used in lecture ahead of time, so I would do that as a PDF and annotate them in class on my iPad. I also had a flashcard app (mental case) that let you share flashcards with other users of the app. I got half my class using the app and we all sent each other our flashcards. The iPad was great for school. I could take it to school or work and have all my notes, books, reference apps, a S flashcards. Now with the newer anatomy apps it's even more killer of a tool. If you have the money, I definitely recommend spending it here and really thinking about how you can make it work. If you don't have home internet, spring for the LTE version and its own data plan.

    I didn't get my Apple Watch until years later. I justified it because it works with my continuous glucose monitor. Really I just wanted it, though. I can't think of anyway it would have helped me in school more than a basic watch with a second hand.
  4. by   Beldar_the_Cenobite


    I already know to wait for the program's determining factor of whether I get in or not so I know I'm not going to blow it all away the first second I see positivity from my test scores. The stuff I mentioned in the post are just meant to make my learning environment or the organization in my life a little bit better, if they will. Not to screw around with selfies and facebook and twitter, etc. If I get the green light for nursing school, the first thing I want to buy is what they tell me to for the first semester and then I'll work with that. I know stethoscope will be the first necessity. So, anything not related to what they expect first semester isn't going to be paid for until I get accepted into the program.
  5. by   Amcdade
    You literally don't need any of this technology for nursing school. Apple watches are going to get wet, get covered in body fluids, and won't connect to most hospital equipment and even if they did you can't connect your personal devices to patient records, as people have said. The only thing you need is a reliable and lightweight laptop and a smartphone is optional but helpful. Also, don't kid yourself that you won't speak to anyone/use social media in nursing school
  6. by   quiltynurse56
    The best thing to use to plan out your schedule, etc., is a good old-fashioned paper planner. At my school, for each class, we received a schedule of due dates and test dates. I would put those in a planner and add notes as needed. Easy to carry around and to make changes.

    Otherwise, anything you use to organize yourself is an individual thing. I have actually gone back to using a journal type book to keep track of lists, etc.
  7. by   Julius Seizure
    Quote from Beldar_the_Cenobite
    Ok, cause when I did clinical at a facility for my CNA license, they used Ipod Touch's for charting. What if we have Iphone? Can that be used for that stuff you mentioned? Or is it something that had to be used within the facility and not be taken out of the facility for HIPAA?
    The kind of thing that you are talking about (charting and EMR functionality) for personal devices is generally limited. For nurses, its generally a device that they use for the shift and then turn back in - it never leaves to hospital. Doctors and other providers often can get access on a personal device (smart phone, tablet, or laptop) for remote access to the EMR, but to do so requires a tradeoff: your basically are agreeing to let the hospitals IT rules govern your device and your usage of it.

    As far as nursing students, you might be able to use the hospital devices during your "shift" there, like the nurses, but it wouldn't be your personal device, it would be what they provide.
  8. by   Julius Seizure
    Quote from mrsboots87
    You are very out of touch. There is a safety reason for a two nurse check of blood products and it is definitely not redundant. But I guess you just don't know what you don't know.
    It actually IS redundancy. On purpose. Redundancy in systems acts as a fail-safe. OP didn't mean it was redundant in a bad way.
  9. by   Creamsoda
    I think your over thinking your need for technology. A smartphone is really all you might "need". But thats just something most people have in general society that is helpful and more of a convenience, not necessarily related to nursing school. You literally do not need an apple watch. I have an apple watch but it is nothing to do with work. I have it for tracking my running as the main reason, and responding to texts is kind of handy too, but overall its just an expensive knick knack to be honest. It has zero use in hospital/ work functionality. You would be hard pressed to find any facility that would be that connected. Or nursing school for that matter. So other than a smart phone and a laptop, there is really nothing more you need. As a student you might want to save your money for other things. Because trust me, you will not find any facility that uses the watch or any other personal device in providing patient care. What you need most in school is your brain. A tablet might make taking notes etc convenient, but you can probably get by without if you have a laptop. I went to nursing school with none of this stuff. I know technology has changed, but there is no amount of technology around that is going to be better than whats between your ears.
  10. by   CardiacDork
    You are a nursing student, you won't be charting in the hospital systems network
  11. by   quiltynurse56
    Quote from CardiacDork
    You are a nursing student, you won't be charting in the hospital systems network
    We did, but we were put in as nursing students needing a cosigner which was our clinical instructor.
  12. by   chacha82
    I'm exhausted from reading the original post.

    I graduated nursing school two years ago. I had a watch from Big Lots and a flip phone for half of school, the last half my husband got me a Smart Phone but I never used it for school. We were not allowed to have phones during clinical. Even if your facility issues phones as part of your clinical, you won't use it except if an MD calls. Some teachers allowed laptops during their classes; some didn't. I used the school computers and computers at the community college when I had assignments. I work at a huge hospital now and many nurses use index cards or facesheets. You do not want to store anything about a patient digitally, anywhere.

    Once you start school, give it a few weeks and you will figure out what you want to spend money on. I ended up buying older editions of all of my textbooks after the first semester when I spent way too much money. The older versions were almost exactly the same and sometimes cost less than $5.00

    If you want these gadgets for other reasons, then that is different. But school is a very finite experience and there is no reason to spend so much money on such a short period of time. Others may disagree but I would suggest starting a retirement account now on your own and making monthly contributions. If you do that + an emergency fund then you will be in great shape fiscally.
  13. by   DaniB77
    Quote from Beldar_the_Cenobite
    I have to say no, I'd like to say no, but things could change. Who knows. I'm so used to a goofy family, especially since they weren't really supportive of providing me a place to stay while I attended school after getting out of the military.
    Other students who are in your clinicals and classes will be once of your greatest resources in nursing school. I have 3 other girls who I was in AP 1 & 2 with and we have all been accepted to start clinicals in January. A group who was in our AP classes started together this past August and they still study together, etc. and have helped each other get through the first few exams and doing so with passing grades. Our A&P instructor had told us that having a group to study with and get support from is the best thing we could do for each other.

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