I've seen lots of MDs, PAs, and NPs using it. But that is because the hospital will set it up so they can log into our computer charting program. Haven't seen nurses bring any though. Nor would I want to. I do however have some apps on my iPhone that I sometimes use. I also have a few small pocket sized reference books. I actually find the real books to be quicker.
I use my iPhone a lot to look up labs, etc if I can't get to a computer. Otherwise, the computer is faster. I'd be worried about carrying an iPad around; where would you set it? Why wouldn't some one walk off with it? And iPhone or iPod touch can be placed in your pocket, but an iPad is too big for that.
I also used an iPod touch in my clinical rotations - I found it very helpful to have access to drug guides, etc at my fingertips. I couldn't imagine how an iPad would work out... you can't put it in your pocket so you wouldn't be able to have it on hand whenever you need it. I would be constantly worried about theft or dropping it.
Since I haven't found an RN position yet, I wouldn't know if I used it at work... but I don't see why it would be any different, especially since I still have a lot to learn!
I use my iPod Touch every shift--has my drug guide, Tabers, and a couple of other reference guides on it. Much easier than carrying around several pocket guides. I am eager to get an iPad, but I don't think that I would use it on the floor at work--just not portable enough. On the train ride to work, however ...
I do home health. I bought an iPhone and the later an iPad. I figured I had Internet access on the iPhone and most places have WiFi. Wrong. I am shocked at the number of homes that do not have WiFi. So to make a long story short, I received DOs through email and had to read them on my iPhone screen, which caused me to make a medication error. I look up drugs at drugs.com, which helps me a great deal. But again, I have had problems reading them on that tiny screen. I had to buy another iPad with 3G. It cost me another $25 for Internet access. From what I understand though, we will soon be able to use the Internet through the cell phone by making it a WiFi hotspot. I use my iPad all the time at work. I look up disease processes too. Hope that helps.
@justinallen, do you find that the ipad is a little bulky to be carrying around? i was thinking of getting one too.
i actually use both my ipad and itouch but i will say this. with multiple patients i have a notebook where i keep my medication orders at and i just keep it right in there. it's usually close by and i can operate it without any issues.
i am working with a local hospital in using them with their citrix portal system and currently there are a few doctors using it for x-rays and a few other things.
once again in a few years more and more hospitals will be embracing this and finding better ways to incorporate them into the daily routine. getting one now allows you to be that far ahead and you may wind up on the tech committee if you are thoughtful enough in your use of it.
as a side note i do use the apple keyboard for my classroom notetaking...it really is the only way to enter large amounts of data.