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    I'm really terrible with technology, I'm really out of the loop as far as what's available.

    I'm looking for opinions of various devices to use in NS. I would like a device that I can put a drug book on, one that will do some usable applications - I guess? I'm not really sure what that would look like. Maybe a BMI calculator? I'm sure there are tons of useful things available for nurses.

    I don't want it to make calls or surf the internet.

    Sorry, if the question isn't even written well, I'm not even sure what to ask. The problem with being old. lol
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    Well I know there are applications on certain phones, like blackberry or i-phone that you can download onto your phone...some of them are free and others you might have to pay for. Not sure if you have any of these phones, but I added some links. Hope this helps!

    Apple - iPhone - Learn about apps available on the App Store

    BlackBerry App World - Health Wellness
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    I don't want it to have phone capacity. We are not allowed phones in clinical.
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    Get an ipod touch.It is not an Iphone. The newest models have cameras which is a no-no on the floor. So try to get a slightly older model, these are still readily available NEW, try Amazon. I just got one specifically for NS. It is fantastic!! I have my Taber's med dictionary loaded as well as Davis Drug guide and some other free apps, like BMI calculator and Glasgow coma scale. It is really a fantastic resource. I am not very tech savvy and I have been able to use it very easily.

    start here on your research. http://www.gostudentnurse.com/nursing-apps/#more-1606
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    We are required to have a PDA for clinicals and have Nursing Central on it. Some of my classmates use an Ipod Touch, I have an Ipaq PDA that my brother gave me (it's old but it serves it's purpose!).
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    Moved to the Mobile computing forum

    Where I work we are not allowed cell phones and I use my Ipod Touch and have Davis's drug book, Archimedes and a few others. Love it and happy not to have the cell phone bit of it
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    Depending on price (and eyesight) you might consider an iPad. They work very similar to the iPod touch, but the screen is significantly larger, making reading much easier. They can also provide their own wireless service should you require web access for research when you are not in a wifi hotspot. True for half my clinical experience. The web ability's invaluable when I'm doing clinical prep and need explanation on the spot.

    My husband is very much NOT a techie. But he uses and loves his iPhone. iPhones, iPod touches, and ipads all work exactly the same way. Use one, you understand them all. Good luck. You might consider trying one before you invest in any mobile device.
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    I also want to mention, that with the Ipod touch, most of the books and apps I need do not need WIFI, they are just loaded on the device. That is good because lots of clinical sites don't have wifi, like nursing homes.
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    Quote from janets1
    Depending on price (and eyesight) you might consider an iPad. They work very similar to the iPod touch, but the screen is significantly larger, making reading much easier. They can also provide their own wireless service should you require web access for research when you are not in a wifi hotspot. True for half my clinical experience. The web ability's invaluable when I'm doing clinical prep and need explanation on the spot.

    My husband is very much NOT a techie. But he uses and loves his iPhone. iPhones, iPod touches, and ipads all work exactly the same way. Use one, you understand them all. Good luck. You might consider trying one before you invest in any mobile device.

    Ipad is a bad choice for student nurses and RNs both in a clinical setting and in a work environment. It is just too big to carry around. If it doesn't easily fit in your pocket, there is more likely of misplacing it and walking away on its own.


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