I've been noticing lately that there are a TON of great nurse-y apps for iPhones/iPads/iPod Touch. There's several I'm interested in, and I'm trying to figure if it's better to go for an iPod touch and just stay with a basic phone OR if it's better to wait for my contract to run out and get an iPhone. In my mind, I'd have more space on an iPod touch because there are no phone functions taking up space. Is that a legitimate thought?
Also... I know absolutely nothing about computer memory sizes, so 8 gigs means nothing to me. Is 8 enough?
Jul 2, '12
I have an IPhone 4S and love it!
I have a handful of free nursing apps as well.
While I don't know some of the answers to your questions, if it was me, I would upgrade...that way I could carry one device instead of two
Jul 3, '12
8 gigs is enough if you're not planning to carry a ton of music along with you.
I personally loathe Apple so I chose to transition from my Palm PDA to my Android phone. The advantage of the phone over a wifi-only device presents itself if you work in a facility with a locked-out wifi signal; in that event, you may still access OTA (over-the-air) data via 3G/4G.
The concern with a phone is (a) being accused of texting, (b) concern about it ringing (mine is programmed to automatically go silent during work hours and/or if I'm within 50' of the hospital, (c) the potential privacy issues surrounding cameras. Item (c) is also reveals a positive: The camera and scanner software is sometimes helpful, even for simple things like capturing the schedule, educational EKGs, etc (identifiers redacted, obviously).
I don't know if the Apple handcuffs let you swap out SD cards, but if so... that would be my approach... pop in a bigger card, or just replace it if it becomes overloaded.
I don't know enough about the Touch to comment on its strength as a computer vs. its basic role as a media player. Versus the iPhone, though, it has the advantage of being smaller... though I'm considering going the other way and getting a tablet (and no, I'll let my wife keep our iPad, and select an Android device) to carry with me.
Jul 5, '12
are you a student? If so, double check, many times schools and clinical sites do not want you to have a phone/camera on you. I got the ipod touch, 8 gig as a student and it was perfect! The apps are super helpful. I would love to have just one device, so if you can, I would just get the Iphone.
Jul 5, '12
I don't think it matters, as long as you're allowed to carry either on the floor. There are some cool nursing apps, but not so many that your memory would be severely limited by them. I have an 8gb phone, and tons and tons of apps and plenty of space left. It's just more if you want to keep your apps on a separate device.
Jul 6, '12
using an iPad or an iPhone, a nursing student can start to learn new technology used in medicine.
Jul 21, '12
I have a 3rd gen iPod touch with 32gb & no camera. I have tons of apps on there. An 8gb wouldn't have been large enough (I put my music on there, too).
Aug 10, '12
I started out with an iPod touch because I didn't want to pay the data fees for a smart phone. It was challenging finding apps that were fully loaded onto the iPod and didn't need the internet to look something up. They're out there, you just have to do a lot of digging in the app store.
I switched to an iPhone 4s. It got frustrating not being able to look stuff up on the internet, use google maps in the car, or get email when I was away from home/Starbucks/school.
Added bonus of my iPhone that my older iPod touch couldn't do: record lectures. I think the newer iPod touches have microphones, but this particular feature has been super helpful when cramming for tests. I now listen to some lectures in my car or while working out because they're on my phone.
Finally, if you are really worried about being caught texting/getting a call on the floor...don't do it. I put my phone on flight mode in the hospital so I don't feel it buzzing and I'm not tempted to look. You can still access your apps, you just won't be getting random texts.