How helpful is a PDA - page 4

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   enfpjwrn
    Im an LPN student and agree with alot of you. I graduate in June from a 10 month program. Im 42 and my girlfriend (52) and I are the only ones who had the curage to go out and buy them. I too did a lot of research and I bought the IPAQ 2495 and then put the skyscape drugbook, nursing DX, and tabers on it. Now during pre and post conference everyone comes to me, INCLUDING THE INSTRUCTORS, and asks me to look up this or that. Also at point of care, if a Pt doesnt know what a drug is for, or a certain procedure, I just whip it out and look it up for them. Its so funny that the main reason these are not yet implemented into the undergrad nursing programs is ... fear. Yep, and I have found with nurses who are young or older, not wanting to change their routine. My advice to any student, is get one of these PDA's with those programs on it, and make THAT your routine. Welcome to 2006!!!
  2. by   enfpjwrn
    Quote from DR2004RN
    Thanks everyone for your help. I did get the Tungsten E2 and I have Epocrates, Tabers and Mosby's lab values on it. I would like to delete some of the programs that the thing came with, (like the expense program,) and I can get to the list of files to delete it, but I dont know which one it is.
    You may want to buy an expansion card (sd card) that can hold all of your medical programs. I bought one for about $25 and it has a lot of room for all the programs. I was also trying to do what you mentioned.
  3. by   ART
    Hi,

    I am a new RN and recently got a Job which I will be starting soon.I heard a lot about PDA's and it's uses and Iam really interested in using one...I have an Ipaq with me..Can anyone tell me whether this be used instead of a PDA and if so what software is needed and where can I find it?

    :spin:
  4. by   beckinben
    Quote from ART
    Hi,

    I am a new RN and recently got a Job which I will be starting soon.I heard a lot about PDA's and it's uses and Iam really interested in using one...I have an Ipaq with me..Can anyone tell me whether this be used instead of a PDA and if so what software is needed and where can I find it?

    :spin:
    An iPAQ is a PDA. Specifically, it is a Pocket PC. I have one and I use it every single day, both for school/work and for fun.

    What software you need depends on what area you are in. I have gotten most of my clinical resources from Skyscape. I am getting my master's in midwifery, and I teach BSN clinicals in OB, so I have some general resources and some that are very OB/GYN specific. What I have on my iPAQ:

    a pregnancy wheel calculator for due dates and gestational age

    Tarascon Pharmacopia (required by my program)

    Nursing2006 drug handbook (for my student's care plans)

    Johns Hopkins OB/GYN handbook (for clinical)

    Current Clinical Strategies OB/GYN (ditto)

    Management Guidelines for NPs in Women's Health (ditto)

    Adobe Reader for PPC (free and essential!!! I can read and carry with me anything available in PDF format, like journal articles, CDC guidelines, etc...)

    InfoRetriever (free through my school, has tons of evidence based practice resources like the Cochrane database, published EBP guidelines and Griffith's 5 Min Clinical Consult)

    Medical Spanish (most of my inpatient population is SSO)

    Ferri's Best Test (labs and diagnostics)

    I have iSilo (reader program) and some medical references written for iSilo

    I also have MS Reader (free) and a bunch of e-books (from Amazon) for down times on L&D. My husband keeps offering to put DVD's on it, but that might be too addicting.

    I started out with the drug handbook, and just kept adding on. My preceptors and students always want to check out my iPAQ when I pull it out and answer a question someone has. I have a storage card, which is also essential for the amount of stuff I have.

    I'd suggest starting with a drug handbook. There are several in PDA format, many here are partial to Davis's, but I've used Nursing2005 (and 2004 and on and on) in paper form for years, so I just switched to the PDA form of that book. You can also get Epocrates for free.

    Hope that helps!
    Becki
  5. by   ART
    Thanks Becki,

    That was great info...I really appreciate the help.

    Iam on medsurg ,oncology,telemetry and hospice unit . Can you tell me what is the useful software for these areas and where can I find it.What are the websites where I can Download free nursing stuff for my Ipaq.

    Art
  6. by   beckinben
    Quote from ART
    Thanks Becki,

    That was great info...I really appreciate the help.

    Iam on medsurg ,oncology,telemetry and hospice unit . Can you tell me what is the useful software for these areas and where can I find it.What are the websites where I can Download free nursing stuff for my Ipaq.

    Art
    I've never worked in those areas, so maybe someone who has can help more.

    Skyscape is a good place to start - www.skyscape.com

    Check out the sticky thread on free PDA software - I think you get what you pay for, but then again Adobe Reader (www.adobe.com) was free.

    Also check out www.epocrates.com for their free drug software.

    Becki
  7. by   smk1
    i'm getting my grandpa in laws 2 yr old Sony Clie. (hey its free!) i plan to get the free medical downloads and then buy mosby's lab values and a new drug guide, to start with.
  8. by   nunurs05
    Angie....how much did your Palm Lifedrive and software cost? It sounds like a really good package to have. Is it easy to navigate?
  9. by   UM Review RN
    It's gotten cheaper than when dh paid for it. Here's the link and today's price. There's also a lot of info that tells you what it can do:

    http://www.palm.com/us/products/mobi...ers/lifedrive/

    I also have the Unbound Medicine Nursing Central package. I liked it better than Skyscape.

    http://www.unboundmedicine.com/store...ewentry&eid=59

    It has lots of features that are very easy to access.
  10. by   bradybug
    I was very hesitant to purchase a PDA, I'm always the last to get on board with technology! But I have to say, it was the best purchase I've made all year. I originally bought it just to use Epocrates (if you're not familiar with this, its awesome- it's like having a drug reference book, a lab interpretation book, and more right in your pocket). I think they even offer some of their software for free. I was also able to download a free medical calculator that helps with all sorts of quick calculations. So I was just going to use it for clinical, but I found now that its my calendar, phone book, I have pictures on it, and also mp3's! It can be kind of expensive, but I find I spend just as much on reference books, and I can at least keep this one in my pocket and its all in one place! Anyway, that's just one opinion, I think its also possible to manage without one! I'm just happy that I bought mine. Good luck to you, hope this is somewhat helpful
  11. by   HerbalGypsy
    Hi All, I got my PDA as a gift the last semester of nursing school two years ago. I love it! I have been using it mostly for the drug book, and I just purchased the Eng/Spanish Medical translator. I anticipate using the BSA calculator when I start working on chemo certification. The labs section is great when I have to explain a procedure to a patient and I am not sure of exactly what will transpire. I bought a black case that holds driver's license and a small amount of cash so I don't need to bring a purse to work. Keeps things simple for me.
  12. by   hica19
    Hi, I'm a new grad nurse who recently passed the NCLEX. I will be working in an acute pediatrics unit and looking into buying a PDA. Does anyone have any suggestions on what type of PDA to get and which programs to use for pediatrics? Thanks!
  13. by   LadyStar42
    Hi all,
    I bought my PDA while in school, (tungsten E) and can't imagine trying to go through school without it!! I have Taber's, Davis' Drug guide, RNFastFacts, RNAssess, 5MCC, music and a couple of games for down time. Best investment I ever made!!

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