Best Palm for clinicals? What all do you use yours for?

  1. Best Palm for clinicals? Lemme hear your reviews and opinions, plusses and minuses!

    If it's possible, I'd like one that I could use a keyboard and Word (or easily Word-compatible) on and has a good battery life. I'm not very familiar with them so I don't really know what else to look for but I'd like a nice one that won't be outdated in a few months.

    Could I take notes at school with any sort of Palm or should I just rob a bank and get a laptop? What exactly do you guys use your Palms for besides drug info?

    I would probably be hoping for the Palm as a Christmas present this year before my major clinicals start in January.
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  3. by   purplemania
    go to your bookstore and find the latest copy of the "PDA" magazine. Good info there. I do not have one, but I feel compelled to warn you about asking first before you use it in clinicals! There is a fear of people copying sensitve info and the HIPPA gods will frown on you.
  4. by   EMTtoRN
    Quote from mitchsmom
    Best Palm for clinicals? Lemme hear your reviews and opinions, plusses and minuses!

    If it's possible, I'd like one that I could use a keyboard and Word (or easily Word-compatible) on and has a good battery life. I'm not very familiar with them so I don't really know what else to look for but I'd like a nice one that won't be outdated in a few months.

    Could I take notes at school with any sort of Palm or should I just rob a bank and get a laptop? What exactly do you guys use your Palms for besides drug info?

    I would probably be hoping for the Palm as a Christmas present this year before my major clinicals start in January.
    This post was gone through on page 6. Here ya go http://allnurses.com/forums/showthread.php?t=65338
  5. by   mitchsmom
    Thanks for the info-

    Quote from purplemania
    go to your bookstore and find the latest copy of the "PDA" magazine. Good info there. I do not have one, but I feel compelled to warn you about asking first before you use it in clinicals! There is a fear of people copying sensitve info and the HIPPA gods will frown on you.
    Why would a Palm make any difference? Couldn't you copy info the old fashioned way as well? It just seems like if you were going to cheat on HIPAA you'd do it no matter... silly.
  6. by   Coldfoot
    HIPPA is not an exam or something one can 'cheat' on.

    It is the HEALTH INSURANCE PORTABILITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY ACT OF 1996 and was craeted by Satan :angryfire

    It boils down to the Fed's slamming a ton of paperwork down in relation to the transfer of confidential info.

    Its a good concept but poorly exicuted.

    Big fines involved for infractions.
  7. by   RedSox33RN
    I was actually thinking about a laptop AND PDA for nursing school. Mostly because of my long travel time, a laptop would be a good idea to do stuff on any downtime I have.
  8. by   mitchsmom
    HIPPA is not an exam or something one can 'cheat' on.
    LOLOL... I know what HIPAA is... I just meant that if you weren't going to respect the privacy/HIPAA rules (i.e. 'cheat' the rules...bad terminology choice, sorry), you probably wouldn't do it regardless of whether you had a PDA to do it with or not
  9. by   EyesForward
    Get a PDA that uses the Palm operating system since there are more medical apps written for Palm. If I were buying again I'd look at a Sony Clie.
  10. by   Havin' A Party!
    Quote from Coldfoot
    ... the HEALTH INSURANCE PORTABILITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY ACT OF 1996... was craeted by Satan...
    Hahahahahahahahahaha!

    In the hell of the US Congress, I guess.
  11. by   Larry77
    I purchased a laptop last year because I thought I would need it for school, but basically it has been used to write and surf while I watch tv in my living room, oh and for the kids to watch movies on the road.

    I could have saved a lot of money if I would have just bought a PDA. My clinical instructor actually suggested that we look at getting one for our patient research that way we won't have to cart around research material. (not use for actual patient care)

    The HIPAA thing is rediculous...you never ever use your patient name on paperwork or in your PDA--EVER. Therefore no issue with HIPAA. The only thing HIPAA has done in my opinion is cause a mass paranoia in the medical world. My friend actually works for them in Seattle, and some of the claims he has filed he says are absolutely rediculous--course he can't tell me what they are or he'd have to shoot me.
  12. by   RaElrA
    I got a Palm TX, based on the recommendation of a student who knew more than I did. I am a total goober when it comes to tekkie stuff, and was able to figure it out, so it must be user friendly, lol. I use it ALL the time. I don't have to take a drug guide, lab manual, dictionary, or care plan book with me---ever. I have several free/inexpensive programs, but my favorite is a subcription to the Pepid student nurse program. It is NOT cheap, but well worth the cost. It has everything I need, and always up to date. It has pulled my ---- out of a crack several times. Instead of fumbling with books, I can find anything I need in a second or two and get on with it. I highly recommend it.

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