Does your nursing program advocate the use of Tablet PCs, PDAs or Nursing Textbooks on PC? If so, which?
My nursing program has all of the first semester nursing books purchased in a bundle and searchable across all the titles.
Because my nursing program has clinicals in many different hospitals, nursing notes have been restricted to paper. Are any of you using PDAs, Tablet PCs, or Notebook computers?
Quote from BrentRN
Your school requires you to buy textbooks. Textbooks are tools you use as resources to learn about nursing. So why not require the use of a handheld computer if it also works as a better resource for learning than a textbook?
Here's one example. In cases such as drug guides they are better. A computerized drug guide has the same information as a text but is faster, can aid in dosage calculation, check drug interactions, and even show you a picture of the pill.
I could go on...
As an instructor I have a responsibilty to help you become the best prepared nurse you can be. If I am not using all avaiable resources, aren't I letting students down?
Please explain why you think they should not be required? There are some good reasons but please don't answer because it is too expensive. The cost of a handheld computer and a complete collection of software is under $700. That is not much different than the cost of texts and gives students a tool that can change the way they practice.
Do you have other objections?
Hi Brent, could you please give me examples of what this handheld computer and complete collection of software would be? Or at least a link (aside from SkyScape)? Is there a package that I could buy with all of this? For example, I see that SkyScape has the Nursing Constellation Plus, but I don't know if that is worth it and also it requires a smartphone. What do nurses and other nursing students use that they find is most helpful?
Last edit by nursestudent'sbf on Oct 27, '09