Best iPod/iPhone app for nursing school?

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    I just bought an iPod Touch and am loving it so far. I am starting nursing school next month and want to install an all-in-one app that will help while I'm at clinicals. I can't seem to decide between Epocrates, Skyscape Constellation, and Unbound Nursing Companion.

    I am required to buy a lab & diagnostics book, and it's recommended that I get a drug guide and a medical encyclopedia. I'd love to take care of all three on my iPod so I'm not carrying a bunch of books around. Unbound allows access to books on my PC as well, which is a selling point. Skyscape seems to be less expensive. Epocrates seems to be really popular with nurses who are out in the field. I would like something simple to use, hopefully with cross referencing (which all three seem to have).

    Any thoughts or suggestions?


    ADMIN NOTE: We now have an official allnurses.com app, download it today
    Last edit by brian on Apr 13, '12
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    I am really interested in this as well....
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    I have Nursing Constellation Plus from Skyscape which includes Tabers 21st edition Dict. Davis drugs guide, Nurse's Clinical Pocket Guide, Diseases and Disorders- A Nursing Therapeutics Manual, Davis's Comprehensive Handbook of Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests With Nursing Implications and many more alert programs. I can access the products from any where as it do not require wifi. Hope it helps....
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    Quote from MeIntrested
    I have Nursing Constellation Plus from Skyscape which includes Tabers 21st edition Dict. Davis drugs guide, Nurse's Clinical Pocket Guide, Diseases and Disorders- A Nursing Therapeutics Manual, Davis's Comprehensive Handbook of Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests With Nursing Implications and many more alert programs. I can access the products from any where as it do not require wifi. Hope it helps....
    Thanks for the information. This is all new to me, however I like the sound of this application. Where do you buy the programs ? on line or is there a shop that sells everything you need ? Do you upload all these programmes on a ipod ?
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    Quote from travellingsuitcase
    Thanks for the information. This is all new to me, however I like the sound of this application. Where do you buy the programs ? on line or is there a shop that sells everything you need ? Do you upload all these programmes on a ipod ?
    I have purchased them online from Skyscape website and it can be installed on the iPod device. You can visit their website for detailed information.
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    I think I'm going to go with Unbound Nursing Central. I like the fact that I can access all the same information on my computer and that the text is coming from books I'm required to have as a student. I also downloaded Skyscape Constellation for my computer as a trial run and really disliked it. Epocrates sounds like a good idea once I'm actually working as an RN, but not necessarily the right choice while I'm a student. I'll check back in once I've used the application for a while to give a review.
    Last edit by tejon on Sep 7, '09
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    I have Nursing Central from Unbound, and am very happy with it.
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    My last clinical instructor suggested Epocrates to us. For doing med cards, I don't find it very useful. It doesn't list any nursing considerations. The only think I like it for is a quick reference and sometimes it's more up to date than my current drug guide. I haven't tried Unbound's Nursing Central. It looks good but wow! It's expensive.
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    Exactly. I plan to update the Davis' Drug Guide solo when my current Unbound subscription runs out, and only update the others when a new edition is released, and my library stays up to date for much less.
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    I have contacted Skyscape chat support and they explained me about the version of the products which they sell i.e Standard and Subscription version. I am posting the difference of the version which I received, have a look.

    If you go for standard version, you will be able to use the product even after the product expires. However you will not be able to receive further updates. After the year, the product will still function, but without any fresh data. Also a limited period of phone support. And during the year and thereafter, if there is a new edition of the resource, it must be purchased separately.

    Whereas, if you go for subscription version and though it expires after a year and you will not be able to use the product unless you renew, it still has more benefits than the standard version. The subscription is a lower price, gives the desired flexibility of length (a student can pay for a resource for only the period it is needed for a class, for example). It includes upgrades to new editions if they are released during the period of the subscription, and has expanded phone/chat/email support availability. You will also get device upgrade protection.

    The quality of the programs are awesome from Skyscape.


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