How helpful is a PDA - page 2

I have been reading the PDA thread but I am still not sure if buying a PDA for 200.-300 is worth it. I bought a digital recorder used it 1 week then just started taking notes instead. So I am afraid... Read More

  1. by   Sheri257
    I'm a nursing student, and I use the PDA every day. When I worked as an extern at the hospital during the summer, I also used it every day I worked. I'd say it's worth it.

  2. by   loricatus
    An example of how useful the PDA was during clinicals: Pt. was taking a nosedive, 15 year nurse yells out that she needs to know the max. levo dosage she can give pt, 4 nurses/2 students go running for the books on the floor or in their bags, I was standing almost next to her & pulled the PDA out, within 5 seconds she had the dosage & had the drip going before the others came back-never been without my PDA while on the floor since.
  3. by   Town & Country
    Wow, that is impressive.

    I've never used a PDA before and know nothing about them, which one do you all recommend? What should I shop for?
  4. by   icugirl33
    My PDA is the next best thing since slice bread. I have Tabers, drug guide, RN disease & managment guide, & Lab guide. As a nurse, I don't have much time to get on the internet while at work, so I have the same info at the palm of my hand. My PDA is worth every cents I spent on it. I spent $400 on mine, however, if I was to do it again, I wouldn't of spent anymore that $150.00 on one that doesn't have all that fancy stuff that I have no use for....
  5. by   Sheri257
    Quote from wannaBEanRN
    I use my PDA for lectures, but the majority of the time in clinical.
    I use it just as much, if not more for studying. When you're reading and don't know a word, drug, lab value or whatever, it's a lot faster to look it up on the PDA than to flip through a thousand page book. Especially when what you need to look up is in not one book but five of them. It does save a lot of time on studying and, also on care plans.

    Last edit by Sheri257 on Dec 8, '05
  6. by   Sheri257
    Quote from SunStreak
    Wow, that is impressive.

    I've never used a PDA before and know nothing about them, which one do you all recommend? What should I shop for?
    Of course, everybody has different opinions on this ... but I have the Palm Lifedrive because it has 4 gigs of memory. The biggest down side to a lot of PDA's, at least to me, was not having enough storage space. As soon as you put one program in, you're out of space. It's a real bummer.

    So you had to go buy memory cards and switch the programs in and out. It's a real hassle and very inconvenient when you're constantly referring to different programs like I do. Especially when you're in the hospital and need something quickly. With 4 gigs, I have plenty of space for everything including school notes, new programs ... whatever ... and no hassle with memory cards.

    Last edit by Sheri257 on Dec 8, '05
  7. by   JentheRN05
    Alright, I have a PDA a Palm 505. I tried using it at work and went back to pen and paper. Is there some other PDA that is more friendly, or am I just doomed to the pen/paper route?
    I am a true geek in many senses of the word but I just can't get into the PDA.
    HELP!! Is it just me?
  8. by   Sheri257
    Quote from JentheRN05
    Alright, I have a PDA a Palm 505. I tried using it at work and went back to pen and paper. Is there some other PDA that is more friendly, or am I just doomed to the pen/paper route?
    I am a true geek in many senses of the word but I just can't get into the PDA.
    HELP!! Is it just me?
    What programs were you using? The PDA is only going to be as good as the programs on it.

  9. by   JentheRN05
    Well a few of them were programs that were freeware.
    What programs do you suggest? I would really like to use it, but I just have a problem pulling it out and using it. For example for patient care, I had a really cute program that you just fill in the blanks, but it would've been easier with something with check off marks rather than fill in the blank, it takes twice as long to fill in the blanks as it does to write it, at least on a PDA ya know? Please give me suggestions, I'm willing to give it another go if I can find out what really works.
    Jen
  10. by   Sheri257
    Quote from JentheRN05
    Well a few of them were programs that were freeware.
    What programs do you suggest? I would really like to use it, but I just have a problem pulling it out and using it. For example for patient care, I had a really cute program that you just fill in the blanks, but it would've been easier with something with check off marks rather than fill in the blank, it takes twice as long to fill in the blanks as it does to write it, at least on a PDA ya know? Please give me suggestions, I'm willing to give it another go if I can find out what really works.
    Jen
    Well, that might explain it. I'm sure there's some good freeware out there but ... a lot of it goes to the old expression: you get what you pay for, or don't in this case.

    The first programs I bought were nursing constellation and taber's. Nursing constellation gives you Davis drug guide, archimides (a calculation program) a lab program and RN clinical notes.

    The drug guide I absolutely use every day. Much, much easier than any drug book. For one thing, you can plug in the generic or brand name of the drug and get the info immediately without having to look it up an index, then find the info. I always hated having to look up the generic or brand name first, depending on how the book was organized, then flip through hundreds of pages to find the actual info.

    Archimides I use just about every day for such things as kg to lb conversions, ideal body weight, etc. I also frequently use the lab program to look up labs and standard values, especially the ones I can't remember. The only program I don't like is RN clinical notes, just because the relevant info is under names you'd never think to search under for the topic you're looking for.

    Then I have Taber's which I could not absolutely live without. Incredibly useful both for studying and the hospital. Much easier that trying to constantly look up diseases, medical terms etc. in a 1,000 page book.

    When you're going through charts and can't remember something, just about all of these programs come in handy. And it's especially handy when you're giving drugs and need to check dosages, interactions, etc.

    Last edit by Sheri257 on Dec 9, '05
  11. by   txdude35
    I carried one until this semester, and have missed it terribly. The hospital I was doing my clinicals in wouldn't let me use it b/c it had a camera on it- they were worried about HIPAA violations.
    It has a medical dictionary, nurse's drug book, lippincott's manual of nursing practice, and a medical encyclopedia on it. And it plays a heck of a game of backgammon in my down time
    I'll use it again as soon as I'm able.
  12. by   Hoozdo
    Quote from JentheRN05
    Well a few of them were programs that were freeware.
    What programs do you suggest? I would really like to use it, but I just have a problem pulling it out and using it. For example for patient care, I had a really cute program that you just fill in the blanks, but it would've been easier with something with check off marks rather than fill in the blank, it takes twice as long to fill in the blanks as it does to write it, at least on a PDA ya know? Please give me suggestions, I'm willing to give it another go if I can find out what really works.
    Jen
    I am no PDA expert - heck I just bought one today, BUT, for assessments I was just going to make my own form with Microsoft Word that requires checking the box with the stylus instead of writing. The only thing I think I would have to write is the fluids running. Is there a program that is already written for this, anyone?
    TIA,
    Lu Ann
  13. by   CardioTrans
    I use mine everyday. I have Pepid RN (with the Critical Care version), 5 min clinical consult, ABG Pro, Archmedes, Davis Drug Guide, ECG Notes, Clinical Cardiology, Diagnosaurus on mine, It also has the documents to go, which I can transfer my powerpoint presentations and my papers for grad school onto my PDA. I keep track of appointments, bills, shopping lists, address book etc.

    I have a Tungsten T5, it has as much memory as my desktop. With all those programs I placed on it, plus what it came with, I still have 80% of memory left on it.

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