Ipad for Nursing School? - page 6

by Reebles 37,667 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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    How do u upload nursing software to Blackberry/Iphone?
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    Quote from cmonkey
    Ooh, just found out we can record but not use laptops. I guess that's a good start. But no knitting. Boo. I remember so much more if I can work with my hands.
    You too? I had a call center job once where I crocheted the entire time! I had no idea till I tried it, that you could a)sit back with feet on desk, b)answer the phone, c)type and d)crochet all at the same time. It was fun!
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    CuriousME,
    Hi there, wondering what brand, size, etc tablet/pc you use? I've seen several of your posts talking about it and I think I must have one! haha.

    Also everyone...I am debating between a BB and the new HTC Evo (Android, from Sprint) any suggestions between the 2? I am starting NS in August and want to be able to download all the helpful apps but still have great functionality with everything else, I currently have the BB Curve and while I love it I want to be sure to get any edge to help me in clinicals/school if at all possible! Thanks.
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    Quote from Mommaof3
    CuriousME,
    Hi there, wondering what brand, size, etc tablet/pc you use? I've seen several of your posts talking about it and I think I must have one! haha.

    Also everyone...I am debating between a BB and the new HTC Evo (Android, from Sprint) any suggestions between the 2? I am starting NS in August and want to be able to download all the helpful apps but still have great functionality with everything else, I currently have the BB Curve and while I love it I want to be sure to get any edge to help me in clinicals/school if at all possible! Thanks.

    I love my Incredible, fwiw. Android rocks.
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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)
    You don't need a Mac to run an iPad, just like you don't need a Mac for an iPod or an iPhone. It will run just fine on a PC.
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    Quote from Tasha74
    I just got an ipad love it. I didnt get the 3G version but if you buy a cord that connects to your cell phone you can feed off of your cells 3G network. So far I have downloaded nursing podcasts for my clinical skills. So when im not in lab or just need to refresh steps I use the ipad. I double check all my med calcs on it. It is easy to keep your assignments organized.I have made NR flash cards too. It also has itunes U so I can get helpful skill and lecture videos from different schools.I wouldnt use it in clinicals but it is a good study tool.
    You can't tether with an iPhone yet unless it's unlocked. Just putting that out there for people contemplating an iPhone and an iPad.
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    Quote from Anoetos
    The touch keyboard is actually excellent and responsive.

    However, you are exactly right about the multitasking. It's strictly a one at a time deal.

    Also, as awesome as the Pages App is, it's not Word.
    I've owned a Mac since February of 2009 and I honestly can't say I miss Word or Windows. I can save directly to a PDF (awesome) and can save anything as a Word 97 document. I created a presentation in Keynote for some school visits I did and had no problem saving it as a PowerPoint presentation and using it on a PC the school provided for me. There are a couple of things it won't do that Word will but I don't miss them; I just work around them. I don't need antivirus software because OS doesn't have the holes in it Windows does and because it's not as common a platform. I've only ran into a couple of websites that won't work on Safari, and I have Mozilla if I need it. The only annoying thing about a Mac is the lack of Flash (Steve really needs to sort himself out on that one) but I've only run into about three websites (whose names I can't even remember) that I couldn't use at all because of it, and then I just go elsewhere for information.

    I had a PC before and it died after three years. My husband has put THREE hard drives in his HP PC in three years (fortunately all covered by warranty) but that's just ridiculous. I've not had one problem with my Mac to date. Love it. Will never ever go back to PC. You can, however, run Windows on a Mac with no trouble - if you want to spend the $200 Bill wants for it.

    There - I'm off my Mac soapbox.

    I use my iPhone all the time at work; we have access to the Lexi institutional app and really, it gets no better than that. You can also run it on the iPod Touch. AND you can deduct the cost of either as an educational or work expense if you use it for medical apps.
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    Quote from reloeh4
    How do u upload nursing software to Blackberry/Iphone?
    For the iPhone you go to iTunes and get the applications. Some are free and some you have to pay for.

    My guess is it's the same for Blackberry, but I don't know anything about them since I don't have one.
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    Quote from carolinapooh
    I've owned a Mac since February of 2009 and I honestly can't say I miss Word or Windows. I can save directly to a PDF (awesome) and can save anything as a Word 97 document. I created a presentation in Keynote for some school visits I did and had no problem saving it as a PowerPoint presentation and using it on a PC the school provided for me. There are a couple of things it won't do that Word will but I don't miss them; I just work around them. I don't need antivirus software because OS doesn't have the holes in it Windows does and because it's not as common a platform. I've only ran into a couple of websites that won't work on Safari, and I have Mozilla if I need it. The only annoying thing about a Mac is the lack of Flash (Steve really needs to sort himself out on that one) but I've only run into about three websites (whose names I can't even remember) that I couldn't use at all because of it, and then I just go elsewhere for information.

    I had a PC before and it died after three years. My husband has put THREE hard drives in his HP PC in three years (fortunately all covered by warranty) but that's just ridiculous. I've not had one problem with my Mac to date. Love it. Will never ever go back to PC. You can, however, run Windows on a Mac with no trouble - if you want to spend the $200 Bill wants for it.

    There - I'm off my Mac soapbox.

    I use my iPhone all the time at work; we have access to the Lexi institutional app and really, it gets no better than that. You can also run it on the iPod Touch. AND you can deduct the cost of either as an educational or work expense if you use it for medical apps.
    Very glad you enjoy your Mac so much and that it has served you so well. I do want to point out though, that Macs have hardware failures as well. I'm in a career change from technology to nursing. I have worked in all Mac companies....and we had just as many hardware failures as the PC companies I've worked with.

    Hardware, is hardware, is hardware. The OS is the biggest difference (not speaking design, speaking functionality). Mac's are great and I enjoy them. However, like all tools they have their limitations (as Windows's, or Unix, or Linux, or whatever other OS you can think of does). The key is to figure out what your needs are then to find the tool that best meets your needs.
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    Quote from Mommaof3
    CuriousME,
    Hi there, wondering what brand, size, etc tablet/pc you use? I've seen several of your posts talking about it and I think I must have one! haha.
    I'm using a Thinkpad X61, I know they have newer models than that (X200, X201). It's small, just a 12" screen and light at <4lbs with an eight cell battery.

    It was spendy compared to some other brands out there, but I love having a full featured tablet convertible in such a small package. It goes everywhere with me (academically....I don't take it to clincals). Additionally, as I tend to be hard on things, I love the Thinkpad construction....it's fairly bulletproof.

    Hands down, the tablet is the best tool I've bought for school.


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