Ipad for Nursing School? - page 2

by Reebles | 38,324 Views | 93 Comments

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... Read More


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    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.
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    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!
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    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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    I have been looking at PDA's and am totally confused on what to get. I don't have a MAC so I'm not even sure I could get the Ipad??

    I have looked at other threads that suggest HP IPAQ2750, Blackberry, etc.

    I know that some people have also said that it depends on what feels right for me. Here's my issue....they all feel weird. lol. I went into best buy, my phone carrier, etc...i'm even more confused then ever.

    I also went onto the howstuffworks.com. Maybe im just technologically braindead or it's all just flying over my head.....

    I would like to get the nursing bundle and prefer to use a pda over a phone because of the possibility that I will not be able to use a smart phone while at clinicals...

    Any suggestions would be great! =o)
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    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
    Honestly, I think you'd do better to get an iphone (or iTouch) for information on the go....there are loads of resourcesthat you can put on them (I'm a big Skyscape fan....I use it at least once each clinical day)

    For textbook/journal reading, I recommend a tablet laptop. You'd have a true pen function and can really annotate (both highlighting and writing on the pages). There's also the benefit that it's an actual computer with an OS. So has a keyboard, etc. It can go from annotating reading to writing a paper in seconds.

    Functionality the Kindle or the iPad seem to not have.
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    For starters, I'm a computer guy going back to school for Nursing, so I do have a reasonable perspective on this subject. I bring a netbook with me to class and use it for note taking amost exclusively. It has a 6 cell battery so it can run off the cord for almost 5 hours, you need that much battery power even for 2 classes back to back.

    Most or all the instructors put the notes out in some digital format and I can either get them from the schools website at class or download them in advance and clean them up a bit (you wouldnt believe the funky ways some of them are formatted) so I can add my notes and print out a nice neat copy for my use. I also keep them in a google docs account so I can get to them from anywhere. There are maybe one or two other folks that bring a computer to class, but I do it every day. Its gotten to the point that they always want me to verify something online during the lectures. Even the teachers seem to like it too. I can also upload the electronic study tools that come with the textbooks, that is a handy feature to have in class.

    Now for the IPAD or IPOD or IPHONE. For starters, I agree with the poster that said to wait till the second gen for the IPAD. Let them work the bugs out. What you will also find is that without a dedicated keyboard, it will be pretty hard to take notes on the thing. It's hard enough on a netbook with its tiny keyboard. It's also not optimized for that type of function anyway. It's essentially a supersized Ipod. Even some of the more basic tasks like calendering are not as simple as they would be on a standard PC.

    My wife works in the medical field as well in home health and has been using various types of PDA's starting with a Sharp organizer, then moving into the Palm Pilots early on, then a Sony Clie, and up until recently, a Windows PDA (Dell Axim). She uses it for keeping her schedule, taking short notes and for lookup duties. It has never been a connected device, but it has worked well enough for her. For the last go-around, I got her an Ipod (Iphone without the phone part) and she is using that now for her PDA as well as for the music part. She has had some growing pains with it, but it seems to do the job. There are lots of Apps for it and the Iphone (just as there were for the palm pilots in their day) and they are pretty cheap. Having something you can hang on your belt can come in very handy during clinicals, but I dont see nearly as much utility using it in class. The interface is just too pokey to do lots of data entry and you cant always count on a good wifi connection. If you have a full blown Iphone, then I guess thats fine, but it still doesnt work for alot of what a PC does.

    I may spring for an Ipod when I get much more involved in clinicals if there are some killer apps (say like a PDR lookup tool) that make it worth the cost and time to carry one. In class, the netbook is king and its way cheaper than anything Apple is going to market. I've not owned an E-reader, but from what I see, most of the textbooks that are being used are not available in an electronic format so those won't help much. My last A&P book was also available on the web, that was handy as long as you had wifi connectivity, but at the community college it was extremely hit or miss, mostly miss.
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    Quote from Bob_N_VA
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    I may spring for an Ipod when I get much more involved in clinicals if there are some killer apps (say like a PDR lookup tool) that make it worth the cost and time to carry one. In class, the netbook is king and its way cheaper than anything Apple is going to market. I've not owned an E-reader, but from what I see, most of the textbooks that are being used are not available in an electronic format so those won't help much. My last A&P book was also available on the web, that was handy as long as you had wifi connectivity, but at the community college it was extremely hit or miss, mostly miss.
    Hi Bob. I'm also a former professional computer geek back in school for a career change. :-)

    Check out Skyscape for PDA applications ( they make them for iphone/itouch, Blackberry and Palm). It's a suite of products. I have the Constellation and it has a drug book, Tabers, a lab value book, a diagnoses book and a few others all built in. My favorite part of it though, is that they're linked together. A very handy tool that I use just about every clinical day.

    I'm surprised that only a few of you use your laptops to take notes. I'd say at least a third of my class users their computer for notes at any given time. And using a tool like MicroSoft OneNote, it's possible to import the electronic notes from the Proff (even full slides), take notes on them (writing in my case since I have my tablet), and audio record the lecture. The cool part is that OneNote synchronizes the audio recording with my notes. So, when go back and I'm trying to figure out what the heck I wrote/typed....there's a play button to the right of it that will start the audio recording 5 seconds before I wrote whatever the mysterious word is.

    Peace,
    CuriousMe
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    Quote from RN2BEin2012
    I have been looking at PDA's and am totally confused on what to get. I don't have a MAC so I'm not even sure I could get the Ipad??

    I have looked at other threads that suggest HP IPAQ2750, Blackberry, etc.

    I know that some people have also said that it depends on what feels right for me. Here's my issue....they all feel weird. lol. I went into best buy, my phone carrier, etc...i'm even more confused then ever.

    I also went onto the howstuffworks.com. Maybe im just technologically braindead or it's all just flying over my head.....

    I would like to get the nursing bundle and prefer to use a pda over a phone because of the possibility that I will not be able to use a smart phone while at clinicals...

    Any suggestions would be great! =o)
    If you want a PDA over a phone....you're really looking at a Windows Mobile device like an HP, or an iTouch, or a Palm. I have a Palm and love it, but honestly, of the three....I'd likely go with the newer OS (the iTouch) just because there's a likelihood that you'll be able to use it for a longer period of time.

    So figure out which "nursing bundle" you're looking for software wise (I love Skyscape Constellation) and find out what the memory requirement is....then buy an iTouch that has enough memory & put it on there :-)

    Peace,
    CuriousMe
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    Hi!

    I just got accepted into an ABSN program. I'm currently in a year long volunteer program and so I'm not making any money. I plan on living on loans next year. I like my little envy phone but obviously it doesn't have any of the perks of an iphone/ipad etc... Is it really necessary to have something like that? I obviously don't want to include anything extra into my overall loan total but if I need to have it I could incorporate the expense. also would it be weird to just handwrite notes in class? I'm a more visual learner and I feel like just the act of writing is better but would I be the odd student out? haha the other issue here is that my laptop (brand new) is pretty huge-great for movie watching, and writing word documents but not ideal for transportation or classroom use... again since this is new I really, really wouldn't want to buy another laptop but if necessary I would guess I would just add it to the overall debt....
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    Quote from MaryEMT
    Hi!

    I just got accepted into an ABSN program. I'm currently in a year long volunteer program and so I'm not making any money. I plan on living on loans next year. I like my little envy phone but obviously it doesn't have any of the perks of an iphone/ipad etc... Is it really necessary to have something like that? I obviously don't want to include anything extra into my overall loan total but if I need to have it I could incorporate the expense. also would it be weird to just handwrite notes in class? I'm a more visual learner and I feel like just the act of writing is better but would I be the odd student out? haha the other issue here is that my laptop (brand new) is pretty huge-great for movie watching, and writing word documents but not ideal for transportation or classroom use... again since this is new I really, really wouldn't want to buy another laptop but if necessary I would guess I would just add it to the overall debt....
    I wouldn't buy a new phone...but a PDA might prove to be useful. Like I said above, I have a PDA that has drug books (both regular and IV drug books), lab values, Tabers, and lots of different calculators like BMI calculators and such. I really do use it just about every clinical day.

    As far as notes for class....different strokes for different folks. Do what works for you. I agree about the writing thing for notes, that's why my laptop is a tablet convertible. The screen swings around and it comes with a pen, so I can write on it like I would write on paper...and I don't have to manage any paper (a definite weak area for me)....and it's small (with a 7 hour battery, it weighs less than 4 lbs). But I wasn't looking for a big screen to watch movies or anything....I knew I wanted a smaller laptop that could convert to a tablet as well...so that's what I bought.

    I wouldn't buy anything else for fear of being the odd student out.....figure out what works best for you, and run with it


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