Ipad for Nursing School? - page 7

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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    Quote from Bob_N_VA
    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.


    Hi,

    I hear what you are saying but I have an ipad with skyscape and it is the real deal!! I have the 3g unlimited version and there all all kinds of GREAT nursing apps on the app store.. I plan on using my ipad for note taking in class(which works great!!) and buying an ipod for clinicals.. I know this gets pricy but this way I can fit everything I need for a full day away from home in the front flap of my backback..

    PS.. My ipad works perfect.. There are no bugs from what I can tell and they are releasing the new os soon so don't be afraid.. I LOVE mine...

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    Quote from abweaver
    Hi,

    I hear what you are saying but I have an ipad with skyscape and it is the real deal!! I have the 3g unlimited version and there all all kinds of GREAT nursing apps on the app store.. I plan on using my ipad for note taking in class(which works great!!) and buying an ipod for clinicals.. I know this gets pricy but this way I can fit everything I need for a full day away from home in the front flap of my backback..

    PS.. My ipad works perfect.. There are no bugs from what I can tell and they are releasing the new os soon so don't be afraid.. I LOVE mine...
    How are you taking notes on the iPad....my understanding is they don't have a stylus to write with, are you using the virtual keyboard?
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    I use the blue tooth keyboard for note taking at conferences. I haven't taken the laptop out in over 2 months. LIke the previous poster I use a combination of the iPad and the iPod Touch.
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    Quote from CuriousMe
    How are you taking notes on the iPad....my understanding is they don't have a stylus to write with, are you using the virtual keyboard?
    I use a app called pentastic or something like that and I use a sort of stylus called a pogo scetch...it is a special type pen for the iPad. You can get it at ten one design...

    Yes I use the virtual keyboard for quick things, searching etc... If I need to write a paper I will do that on my home computer..


    Anthony


    PS I read,responded,and viewed this whole thing on my iPad with no problems at all...
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    I just bought an Ipad today (wi-fi version) and it's pretty cool. There are cases you can get that open like a book, but, I think I'd be nervous that someone would steal it.

    Regarding the wi-fi vs 3G thing, Virgin Mobile just came out with a prepaid mifi system. It's small and you can connect up to 5 devices to it on the go..and there's no plan, you just buy the amount of data you need. I'm going to pick one of these up, for travel and such.
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    I love having my Iphone during school. Especially during clinicals. There are so many apps for nursing and health care for both the Ipad and the Iphone, but the Iphone will fit in your pocket during clinicals and the Ipad will not.
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    Quote from CuriousMe
    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
    hey CuriousMe,

    i'm in the market for a tablet to take notes with during my upcoming classes. i'm new to the tablet PC market, and wondering what kind you have?

    joisey
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    Quote from joiseygirl
    hey CuriousMe,

    i'm in the market for a tablet to take notes with during my upcoming classes. i'm new to the tablet PC market, and wondering what kind you have?

    joisey
    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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    Quote from CuriousMe
    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.
    Thanks for your feedback!
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    Damn people are going to forget how to hand write. I have 5000 computers and I don't take one to class. I love my hand writing and I am so creative and I love highlighting. We have powerpoints for everything, there's not a lot to write. I have a few freaks in my class that type so fast and it is annoying. I only use my iPod to access apps, can't use it in clinicals bc we are not allowed ,but I look over some apps ahead of time.


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