Handheld electronic device for nursing student

  1. 1
    Hi Everyone,

    My gf is a nursing student and I see her constantly looking up stuff in PDR, textbooks, and the internet. I would really like to buy her something to help her out in nursing school and also in clinicals that is very easy and fast to use. I know that for language translation, there are usually small electronic handheld devices where you can easily search for a word or phrase.

    What would be an equivalent for nurses? I have heard that there are iPhone, Palm, or Blackberry apps, but I know that my gf does not want to upgrade her phone. Are there any other tools that could help her be the most successful she can be? Any tips would be greatly appreciated.

    I feel so bad for because she is trying so hard, going to class every day and studying so hard every day and night, but it seems like the school she is going to does not give sufficient support or guidance for the students to succeed. For example, instead of saying, "This is how to best prepare for an exam, or here are some old exams that you could study with (these are the types of quesitons you will receive)," it's more like "Here are a million things the exam COULD cover over 200 pages, 100 powerpoint slides, and 15 lectures, and you just have to memorize it all." Imagine studying for 50 hours for an exam, only to find out that 85% of what you studied was not on the exam. I just figure if a student is willing to put in all the time and energy necessary to study and learn, the least the instructors could do is to give better guidance, or give all the tools the students need to succeed. Otherwise, students will just get de-motivated and feel like all their effort is for naught.
    Last edit by nursestudent'sbf on Oct 27, '09
    Dianacabana likes this.
  2. 7,173 Visits
    Find Similar Topics
  3. 13 Comments so far...

  4. 0
    For clinical, assuming her hospital has wireless internet, an iPod Touch has been my saving grace outside of carrying a huge Med/Surge book and a drug Book. It offers internet (if WiFi is available) and multiple nurse related apps (Free and for purchase)

    As for books, all my books are both online and available for download, therefore I can put in multiple search terms and get results back from ALL my books rather quickly. But different places uses different books/services.
  5. 0
    Quote from Rednights
    For clinical, assuming her hospital has wireless internet, an iPod Touch has been my saving grace outside of carrying a huge Med/Surge book and a drug Book. It offers internet (if WiFi is available) and multiple nurse related apps (Free and for purchase)

    As for books, all my books are both online and available for download, therefore I can put in multiple search terms and get results back from ALL my books rather quickly. But different places uses different books/services.
    Thank you, Rednights! I appreciate the help.
  6. 0
    You can also purchase a PDA such as a Palm TX that has nursing programs pre-loaded onto it. I have one that I purchased from ebay with 120 different programs on it and think that it is amazing. I can look up anything nursing related that I would ever possibly need in seconds. Just search on ebay for "nursing PDA".
  7. 0
    Quote from gonnabeanurse11
    You can also purchase a PDA such as a Palm TX that has nursing programs pre-loaded onto it. I have one that I purchased from ebay with 120 different programs on it and think that it is amazing. I can look up anything nursing related that I would ever possibly need in seconds. Just search on ebay for "nursing PDA".
    Thanks, Gonnabeanurse11! I'll check eBay right now
  8. 1
    I don't know about an answer to your question but you are a GREAT bf. Could my husband take some lessons from you? Your gf is lucky.
    Erindel RN likes this.
  9. 0
    I am pre-nursing but the iPod touch is what I have and the apps from itunes are awesome!!

    I expect to use it more and more the further I get into the program...my goal is to eventually get the iphone
  10. 0
    Quote from presnall4
    I am pre-nursing but the iPod touch is what I have and the apps from itunes are awesome!!

    I expect to use it more and more the further I get into the program...my goal is to eventually get the iphone
    Hey...did you buy any of the nursing apps? I am trying to decide about Davis Drug guide and the Lab Values. I got Taber's free for a year because I bought the book (of course I only used it on the IPOD and the book hasn't been opened once).

    Interested to know what you think. I LOVE my IPOD touch.
  11. 0
    Moved to the mobile computing forum
  12. 0
    DolceVita --

    Yes, I did have to buy my apps. I've never had a PDA but wouldn't we have to buy the apps for those as well? I like the ease of use with the iPod Touch.

    After researching, Skyskape seemed to be the best choice for our medical apps. Their website said we could put their apps on iPod touch so that is what I went with. There are tons of medical apps on iTunes.

    I am willing to pay for something that works really well and is easy to use.

    The higher the goal, the harder the climb -- the sweeter the success!


Top