Ipad for Nursing School? - page 9

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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 used to use a suitcase on wheels to carry all my books to and from classes.
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    I've been excited about using my iPad for school. I got my stylus, stand, and case to take it to school. The more I think about it though, "how will I use it". Will I use it to look through my books? Will I use it to type up notes? I've found that buying books are more expensive because it is a digital copy. It's also a headache that the book your purchased are just designated for one device or even a yearly subscription!.

    I believe I may just result into a desk, with all books within reach, a voice recorder, a notebook, and a good writin' pen.

    The iPad is limited in several situations:
    -Need to look up a new word: Tabers Medical Dictionary, you will need to manually go through the pages or wait for the search to process, which both take a long time! Your better off with wikipedia.

    -Need to multitask? The iPad can only run on one program at a time unlike a laptop. So if you were taking notes and reading a book, you would need to swipe through apps back and forth. Not efficient!

    -Prices? Digital copies will never go on sale for the latest copies. It's also difficult to find older editions. Take Pharmacy for Nurses by Lehne for example. Online a new copy was nearly $100. I bought a used copy (previous edition) for $5.

    -Want to take notes on the iPad? The stylus is very limited. The most popular tip is a fat tip, to mimic your fat finger pressing on the icon. It's not even suppoed to be used to write or draw. You can try but you will need to by a new stylus because it will wear down and the tip will be the first to go. Bamboo has a nice one but who will pay $40!

    The iPad is not all that bad! It's great and other things!
    -Browsing: the browser, search engines, and apps are superior to others. It is fun, easy to learn, and efficient to search for stuff on wiki, or browse through the news.

    -iBooks: This program is great to review notes. If you have OneNote, Pages, or any other wordprocessor, just type up your notes and save it as a pdf. Use DropBox! Import your files and you have a great way to easily, and efficently way to review notes anytime anywhere.

    -PDF's and Documents: Super, super, super for documents. If you need to just review and read through documents, like I said before you can save them as PDF's and use DropBox or anyother cloud program to store your work and access it anywhere!


    This is just my opinion, in class i do not think it is effecient but rather a tool to browse and review. You can also take advantage of several apps like angry birds and facebook. Hope this helps!
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    Quote from ImKosher
    I've been excited about using my iPad for school. I got my stylus, stand, and case to take it to school. The more I think about it though, "how will I use it". Will I use it to look through my books? Will I use it to type up notes? I've found that buying books are more expensive because it is a digital copy. It's also a headache that the book your purchased are just designated for one device or even a yearly subscription!.

    I believe I may just result into a desk, with all books within reach, a voice recorder, a notebook, and a good writin' pen.

    The iPad is limited in several situations:
    -Need to look up a new word: Tabers Medical Dictionary, you will need to manually go through the pages or wait for the search to process, which both take a long time! Your better off with wikipedia.

    -Need to multitask? The iPad can only run on one program at a time unlike a laptop. So if you were taking notes and reading a book, you would need to swipe through apps back and forth. Not efficient!

    -Prices? Digital copies will never go on sale for the latest copies. It's also difficult to find older editions. Take Pharmacy for Nurses by Lehne for example. Online a new copy was nearly $100. I bought a used copy (previous edition) for $5.

    -Want to take notes on the iPad? The stylus is very limited. The most popular tip is a fat tip, to mimic your fat finger pressing on the icon. It's not even suppoed to be used to write or draw. You can try but you will need to by a new stylus because it will wear down and the tip will be the first to go. Bamboo has a nice one but who will pay $40!

    The iPad is not all that bad! It's great and other things!
    -Browsing: the browser, search engines, and apps are superior to others. It is fun, easy to learn, and efficient to search for stuff on wiki, or browse through the news.

    -iBooks: This program is great to review notes. If you have OneNote, Pages, or any other wordprocessor, just type up your notes and save it as a pdf. Use DropBox! Import your files and you have a great way to easily, and efficently way to review notes anytime anywhere.

    -PDF's and Documents: Super, super, super for documents. If you need to just review and read through documents, like I said before you can save them as PDF's and use DropBox or anyother cloud program to store your work and access it anywhere!


    This is just my opinion, in class i do not think it is effecient but rather a tool to browse and review. You can also take advantage of several apps like angry birds and facebook. Hope this helps!

    I think the best thing a nursing student can do to prepare for college is forget getting an ipad. You'll never really use it. Instead get a mac book if your into apple products. I like the mac version of taking notes.I can easily change the format to notebook and record on my laptop while I type my notes(My laptop is a 2007 mac book pro and it still works great). My brother used it for med school and now I have it for nursing school. Instead of buying a huge ipad which I also considered while prepin for my schools BSN program I realized the only reason I really wanted one was because everyone I knew had one. However, the more I thought about it it became clear to me that it was a waste of money. I already have a ipod touch newest generation and I think most apps that you can view on ipad you can also view on ipod. Also it's very portable and is a reasonable size. I know for a fact that it is almost impossible to take good notes on the ipad. I borrowed my friends and i felt like I had an over sized ipod in my hand. For me an iphone or ipod will be much more useful than an huge ipad. A laptop is actually the best thing for nursing school.

    You also mention getting digital books is cheaper. That maybe true but I must rather have an actual book. I plan on buying new nursing books and plan on keeping them forever. It's been said, "nursing is a life long learning experience. " So for me having all my nursing books on a shelve is great for easy access.I am only 21 so hopefully no one things it is becuz of my age that I don't really like digital versions of texts. I feel like I am less likely to drift off and get distracted if I work with a book as opposed to a digital copy.

    Anyways to those that prefer an Ipad that's awesome too. I just wanted to add my two cents in to help those that are confused.
    Last edit by gurjit123 on Jul 22, '12
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    Quote from libran1984
    I used to use a suitcase on wheels to carry all my books to and from classes.
    Wow really? Do you have to carry all your books around?
    I am in a BSN program and I have 21 books to buy this quarter( for ten weeks) I am taking 15 units and I don't plan on carrying any of my books.
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    -Need to multitask? The iPad can only run on one program at a time unlike a laptop. So if you were taking notes and reading a book, you would need to swipe through apps back and forth. Not efficient! -ImKosher

    I can run multiple apps and do not find it hard to bounce back and forth between them.
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    Quote from ImKosher
    I've been excited about using my iPad for school. I got my stylus, stand, and case to take it to school. The more I think about it though, "how will I use it". Will I use it to look through my books? Will I use it to type up notes? I've found that buying books are more expensive because it is a digital copy. It's also a headache that the book your purchased are just designated for one device or even a yearly subscription!.

    I believe I may just result into a desk, with all books within reach, a voice recorder, a notebook, and a good writin' pen.

    The iPad is limited in several situations:
    -Need to look up a new word: Tabers Medical Dictionary, you will need to manually go through the pages or wait for the search to process, which both take a long time! Your better off with wikipedia.

    -Need to multitask? The iPad can only run on one program at a time unlike a laptop. So if you were taking notes and reading a book, you would need to swipe through apps back and forth. Not efficient!

    -Prices? Digital copies will never go on sale for the latest copies. It's also difficult to find older editions. Take Pharmacy for Nurses by Lehne for example. Online a new copy was nearly $100. I bought a used copy (previous edition) for $5.

    -Want to take notes on the iPad? The stylus is very limited. The most popular tip is a fat tip, to mimic your fat finger pressing on the icon. It's not even suppoed to be used to write or draw. You can try but you will need to by a new stylus because it will wear down and the tip will be the first to go. Bamboo has a nice one but who will pay $40!

    The iPad is not all that bad! It's great and other things!
    -Browsing: the browser, search engines, and apps are superior to others. It is fun, easy to learn, and efficient to search for stuff on wiki, or browse through the news.

    -iBooks: This program is great to review notes. If you have OneNote, Pages, or any other wordprocessor, just type up your notes and save it as a pdf. Use DropBox! Import your files and you have a great way to easily, and efficently way to review notes anytime anywhere.

    -PDF's and Documents: Super, super, super for documents. If you need to just review and read through documents, like I said before you can save them as PDF's and use DropBox or anyother cloud program to store your work and access it anywhere!

    This is just my opinion, in class i do not think it is effecient but rather a tool to browse and review. You can also take advantage of several apps like angry birds and facebook. Hope this helps!
    I was told never to rely on Wikipedia. Anyone can go in and add/delete information. What you read may not always be correct.

    You can take notes on the IPad, a stylus is one option, but you can also purchase a keyboard (don't have one, but I am sure it's much easier with it...vs a stylus).
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    Quote from gurjit123
    I think the best thing a nursing student can do to prepare for college is forget getting an ipad. You'll never really use it. Instead get a mac book if your into apple products. I like the mac version of taking notes.I can easily change the format to notebook and record on my laptop while I type my notes(My laptop is a 2007 mac book pro and it still works great). My brother used it for med school and now I have it for nursing school. Instead of buying a huge ipad which I also considered while prepin for my schools BSN program I realized the only reason I really wanted one was because everyone I knew had one. However, the more I thought about it it became clear to me that it was a waste of money. I already have a ipod touch newest generation and I think most apps that you can view on ipad you can also view on ipod. Also it's very portable and is a reasonable size. I know for a fact that it is almost impossible to take good notes on the ipad. I borrowed my friends and i felt like I had an over sized ipod in my hand. For me an iphone or ipod will be much more useful than an huge ipad. A laptop is actually the best thing for nursing school.

    You also mention getting digital books is cheaper. That maybe true but I must rather have an actual book. I plan on buying new nursing books and plan on keeping them forever. It's been said, "nursing is a life long learning experience. " So for me having all my nursing books on a shelve is great for easy access.I am only 21 so hopefully no one things it is becuz of my age that I don't really like digital versions of texts. I feel like I am less likely to drift off and get distracted if I work with a book as opposed to a digital copy.

    Anyways to those that prefer an Ipad that's awesome too. I just wanted to add my two cents in to help those that are confused.
    With the digital copies, i have phrased that wrong. I was saying that digital copies are rarely put on sale. I prefer hard copies as I have bought previous editions like the one stated for $5 dollars on amazon. I agree with you on hard copies.
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    Quote from gurjit123
    i prefer a textbook rather than a digital version though
    that's exactly what i thought during my nursing program, however, it got old, having to carry all of those heavy text-books
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    I enjoy either, on IPAD cos I generally have it with me at work and books when at home as something to browse through and feel the paper on the fingers
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    I have worked as nursing faculty. I need to throw out there to all nursing students who plan on buying an Iphone or such just for clinicals do not do so until you have started clinicals or talked to your nursing faculty. The reason why is because many schools do not allow students to have these items at hand. There is too big of risk of violating HIPPA laws with cameras on the phones and such. Therefore phones are no longer allowed during many nursing clinicals no matter what they are being used for.
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