Confused about Programs

  1. Is it a good idea to buy individual programs I want vs package?

    I just bought a Dell Axim x51v PDA, and have downloaded a couple of the nursing package trial versions. Skyscape, epocrates, Pepid....I haven't really found that I've liked them that much though. Just seems like alot of stuff to sort through, trying to find the stuff I want. Plus stuff I won't need (but I could be wrong)

    On my list of programs to buy: Tabers Med Dictionary, Davis Drug Guide, and a Lab Guide book. Is the Davis Lab guide any good? Any other better suggestions? Any other programs suggested?
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  2. 7 Comments

  3. by   Larry77
    Sometimes you get a little price break if you buy them as a "suite" or package. Maybe look for a package with Taber's and Davis and just get the lab book that comes with them. I haven't found that I use my lab book much but my Taber's and Davis almost daily.
  4. by   fd5151
    Quote from S.T.A.C.E.Y
    Is it a good idea to buy individual programs I want vs package?

    I just bought a Dell Axim x51v PDA, and have downloaded a couple of the nursing package trial versions. Skyscape, epocrates, Pepid....I haven't really found that I've liked them that much though. Just seems like alot of stuff to sort through, trying to find the stuff I want. Plus stuff I won't need (but I could be wrong)

    On my list of programs to buy: Tabers Med Dictionary, Davis Drug Guide, and a Lab Guide book. Is the Davis Lab guide any good? Any other better suggestions? Any other programs suggested?
    Try Davis's Comprehensive Handbook of Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests With Nursing Implications, 2nd Ed. Special Mobile/Desktop Bundle on www.skyscape.com for a lab guide. Try the trial to see if you like it.
    I also would recommend from the same site:
    Handbook of Signs and Symptoms Special Mobile/Desktop Bundle
    Diseases and Disorders: A Nursing Therapeutics Manual, 2nd Ed. Special Mobile/Desktop Bundle
    As a student i still find a reference for health assessment handy (don't know if you would need it)
    Nurses' Handbook of Health Assessment, 5th Ed. Special Mobile/Desktop Bundle
    and i also really like:
    RNotes: Nurse's Clinical Pocket Guide, 2nd Ed.Special Mobile/Desktop Bundle
    I have all of these and am looking for a more comprehensive "medical bible" (but that's just me) and i will end up getting:
    Skyscape's 5-Minute Clinical Consult Special Mobile/Desktop Bundle
    Good luck, just keep going through the trials (that's what i did) and i compared it to other software programs in the same field. It takes awhile but it saves buying something when you could have gotten a better deal with a better product. A search by popularity is often a good bet on what is a good product. Good luck! Let us know if you find anything useful besides the programs listed above!
    :typing
  5. by   KnarfKS
    I'm with Larry, I only use my drug guide and tabers. I also bought an IV drug book which has been useful at times as well.
  6. by   MA2006
    I have also considered buying a bundle package, but the one that is most complete and easy to use (IMHO) is Nursing Central from Unbound. It is kind of expensive $149.95, so instead I am going to limit myself to three references and get the 20% discount Skyscape offers if you purchase 3 or more titles on or before 10/31/06.

    *Davis Drug Guide
    *Taber's Dictionary
    *Davis Comprehensive handbook of laboratory and diagnostic test with nursing implications

    Total: $119.88 (not bad) with disc.

    I heard Lippincotts NCLEX 8th edition is also very good so I might add that as well that would be..
    Total: $152.64 with disc.

    I haven't decided but I am leaning toward getting all four titles.

    Edit to add:
    I forgot to mention that if you only want to purchase the two titles, Davis and Tabers, then the discount is 15%, still not bad.
    Total $ 84.92 with disc.
    Last edit by MA2006 on Oct 25, '06
  7. by   Larry77
    Quote from MA2006
    I have also considered buying a bundle package, but the one that is most complete and easy to use (IMHO) is Nursing Central from Unbound. It is kind of expensive $149.95, so instead I am going to limit myself to three references and get the 20% discount Skyscape offers if you purchase 3 or more titles on or before 10/31/06.

    *Davis Drug Guide
    *Taber's Dictionary
    *Davis Comprehensive handbook of laboratory and diagnostic test with nursing implications

    Total: $119.88 (not bad) with disc.

    I heard Lippincotts NCLEX 8th edition is also very good so I might add that as well that would be..
    Total: $152.64 with disc.

    I haven't decided but I am leaning toward getting all four titles.

    Edit to add:
    I forgot to mention that if you only want to purchase the two titles, Davis and Tabers, then the discount is 15%, still not bad.
    Total $ 84.92 with disc.
    I don't think you would be disappointed in any of the above choices and they are the legit way to do this and all great programs!
  8. by   NaomieRN
    I purchased a cd from Ebay for $26, with Taber, RnFastfacts, RnDiseases, RnDxInt, Stedmans, WashManual, Ifacts and about 200 more programs. The programs were 2 years old, but not much has changed. So far, I am doing well in clinical using my pda. People are asking me to look things up for them. I will add more programs as I see a need to use them.
  9. by   11:11
    I would stay with trials and freeware personally for awhile until you find someting you really like.

    If I were to buy something it wold be a good med dictionary.

    I use a free ABG calculator, epocrates freeware for a decent drug guide, and a free medical calculator for a few things.

    Assemssments, labs and all that you are going to learn on the job and should be in your head (my opinion).

    I like a drug guide for the obvious reasons especially when someone comes in that has 12-20 AM meds some of which I dont get to see that often.

    The ABG calculator I like to have as a backup since I was gone from nursing for a year.

    One thing I have found useful is getting formularies for drips and other meds for the different hospitals I work perdium at for quick reference. I type them up into a word doc them sync it to my PDA.

    Thats a bit labor intensive but is handy now and then-

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