Ipad for Nursing School?

  1. I just got accepted to SFSU for Fall 2010 and I am reading all these threads on what I need to buy for school. Almost everyone points out a PDA/Iphone is needed.

    Anyone using an Ipad or plan to?

    Reanna
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  3. by   gunrock
    I personally have an iPhone, but I don't think the iPad is going to be nearly as useful. The best part about the iPhone is being able to look up things on the fly (I work on an ambulance), and always having it nearby. Since the iPad is fairly large, it's not something you would be able to comfortably carry around with you, and you'd also have to be in a wifi friendly area, unless you get the 3G version (at which point, it's probably cheaper to just get an iPhone).

    Just my opinion.
  4. by   Reebles
    Quote from jnak
    I personally have an iPhone, but I don't think the iPad is going to be nearly as useful. The best part about the iPhone is being able to look up things on the fly (I work on an ambulance), and always having it nearby. Since the iPad is fairly large, it's not something you would be able to comfortably carry around with you, and you'd also have to be in a wifi friendly area, unless you get the 3G version (at which point, it's probably cheaper to just get an iPhone).

    Just my opinion.
    I keep going back and forth, if I bought an Ipad I would not have to buy a kindle to read textbooks or review books, and the Ipad is $29.99/month (unlimited) with no contract.

    It seems like it may cost more overall to get an Iphone and kindle rather than an Ipad. While in school I would not necessarily need to buy 3G coverage because there is Wifi at school.

    How much is a typical plan on an Iphone if you don't mind me asking?

    Reanna
  5. by   Intern67
    Quote from Reebles
    I just got accepted to SFSU for Fall 2010 and I am reading all these threads on what I need to buy for school. Almost everyone points out a PDA/Iphone is needed.

    Anyone using an Ipad or plan to?

    Reanna
    An Ipad would be a fantastic tool for a nursing student if it had a keyboard and ran windows applications with multitasking.
  6. by   Reebles
    Quote from Intern67
    An Ipad would be a fantastic tool for a nursing student if it had a keyboard and ran windows applications with multitasking.
    There is a keyboard you can buy of course to plug into it for longer sessions of typing, but no windows stuff.
  7. by   addiesmom
    Yeah, but it is good to have a pda with you when you are at clinical to look up meds, etc. You cant carrying around an ipad like you do an iphone or other pda, it would just look funny, it can't fit into your pocket... that all depends on whether or not you are allowed to have something like that (iphone, blackberry, etc) at your clinical site.
  8. by   That Guy
    Dont bother with the first gen of ipad. Wait til next year when it actually does what it is supposed to and you will be much better off.
  9. by   ~Mi Vida Loca~RN
    Good luck fitting the ipad in your pocket in clinicals to access all your drug guides
    Last edit by ~Mi Vida Loca~RN on Apr 25, '10
  10. by   melmarie23
    I have a blackberry that I uploaded all my nursing software to.
  11. by   gunrock
    I'm on a family plan so I pay a little bit less. I pay about $10 for the additional line, $30 for the data plan and I contribute about $15 toward my family plan. So I end up paying around $55 a month. My friends pay somewhere between 65-70 I think (I would just double check on ATT's website).

    For what it's worth, my brother who is just finishing up med school has a blackberry and loves it, and finds it more useful than the iphone.

    Oh...and CONGRATS on getting into SFSU!
    Last edit by gunrock on Apr 11, '10
  12. by   whichone'spink
    I guess if you wanted to, you could used the iPad to type up notes instead of bringing in a laptop. But when your on site, you can't carry such a big thing with you. You'll need a PDA. I like my iPod touch.
  13. by   Reebles
    Quote from bethelstudent
    I guess if you wanted to, you could used the iPad to type up notes instead of bringing in a laptop. But when your on site, you can't carry such a big thing with you. You'll need a PDA. I like my iPod touch.
    I totally forgot about the Ipod touch. This is what I probably will do.

    Thanks!
  14. by   cmonkey
    Kindles and textbooks do not go well together unless you're reading strictly textbooks. Graphs and photos just don't show up well. Don't get me wrong, I love my Kindle, but it's for pleasure reading. IF they came up with a color version, it might work. Can't do that with e-ink, though, at least at this point.

    For an English major (or other language) and Kindle is a no-brainer. For science, it's not so clear cut. Frankly, I'd go for the phone and leave the ipad for fun. I have a friend who got one and it's too big to be really useful, and frankly I wonder if the phone can't do more.

    I'll be getting an Android phone myself. Not willing to switch to AT&T for a phone other carriers can emulate (and some say beat).


    Quote from Reebles
    I keep going back and forth, if I bought an Ipad I would not have to buy a kindle to read textbooks or review books, and the Ipad is $29.99/month (unlimited) with no contract.

    It seems like it may cost more overall to get an Iphone and kindle rather than an Ipad. While in school I would not necessarily need to buy 3G coverage because there is Wifi at school.

    How much is a typical plan on an Iphone if you don't mind me asking?

    Reanna

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