Looking for Palm Pilot PDA recommendations........

  1. I've decided to jump into the 21st century and get a PDA. I've seen some really nice iPaqs, but they are $500. If that's what I need to spend in order to get one that will be useful, I will. I need one that I can put a drug guide, med dictionary and RNNotes on. I don't really see any application for it other than that. (That I will use anyway.) What will I need to accomplish that? How much space and processing power do I need? I also need one with decent battery life. Does anyone have recommendations for specific models?
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  3. by   ARNPsomeday
    dansamy, don't mean to hijack your post, just thought of something. Would a PDA device interfere if you're on a telemetry unit?
  4. by   camay1221_RN
    Quote from dansamy
    I've decided to jump into the 21st century and get a PDA. I've seen some really nice iPaqs, but they are $500. If that's what I need to spend in order to get one that will be useful, I will. I need one that I can put a drug guide, med dictionary and RNNotes on. I don't really see any application for it other than that. (That I will use anyway.) What will I need to accomplish that? How much space and processing power do I need? I also need one with decent battery life. Does anyone have recommendations for specific models?
    I recently purchased a PalmOne Zire 31, and love it. I don't use it for the job, but it certainly helps me keep the rest of my life organized. I purchased mine directly from the PalmOne website.

    Good Luck!
  5. by   NurseFirst
    Quote from ARNPsomeday
    dansamy, don't mean to hijack your post, just thought of something. Would a PDA device interfere if you're on a telemetry unit?
    Considering the number of docs that use them, I'd be very surprised! But what do I know?

    NurseFirst
  6. by   nosonew
    Quote from dansamy
    I've decided to jump into the 21st century and get a PDA. I've seen some really nice iPaqs, but they are $500. If that's what I need to spend in order to get one that will be useful, I will. I need one that I can put a drug guide, med dictionary and RNNotes on. I don't really see any application for it other than that. (That I will use anyway.) What will I need to accomplish that? How much space and processing power do I need? I also need one with decent battery life. Does anyone have recommendations for specific models?
    I am very interested in doing this as well...one in which I can look up meds, update new meds as needed, nursing diagnosis, etc., etc... ANYONE?
  7. by   Brotherbob
    Quote from ARNPsomeday
    dansamy, don't mean to hijack your post, just thought of something. Would a PDA device interfere if you're on a telemetry unit?
    No, a regular PDA would not interfere with telemetry becauese it does not send any signals. If you buy a model with phone/internet connection there might be a problem, especially if the telemetry units are old.
  8. by   Boston-RN
    Hey there,

    I have been looking into this myself and found some great info on other threads, just type in "palm pilot" (for some reason won't search w/ just PDA) and there is a significant amount of info w/ opinion, models and software info...

    From my research it since you won't use it for anything else a Tugesten E may be good for you, I found it on compusa.com for $179 and that's the cheapest I've found it so far, you'd just need an additional memory card for the software most nurses use.

    Good Luck.
  9. by   Johnkc8rak
    Quote from MAnurseHopeful
    Hey there,

    I have been looking into this myself and found some great info on other threads, just type in "palm pilot" (for some reason won't search w/ just PDA) and there is a significant amount of info w/ opinion, models and software info...

    From my research it since you won't use it for anything else a Tugesten E may be good for you, I found it on compusa.com for $179 and that's the cheapest I've found it so far, you'd just need an additional memory card for the software most nurses use.

    Good Luck.
    You might want to look at the Dell Axem X30. It goes for about $220-$300.00 if you get the wireless upgrade. It is the "Most bang for the buck". It is one of the fastest out and a good value. I am ordering one this wk end. It is a Windows system. Plenty of software out there. A lot of it is free.
    John
    www.epocrates.com www.handango.com Do a Yahoo/Google search for PDA Medical software..
  10. by   dave1117
    is a Palm Tungsten C...more power and storage than most might require but it does fill up fast. I bought it new in box on Ebay for $300. I love it. Everyone in my clinicals now wants one to help with meds, lab values, medical dictionary etc... Worth every penny in my opinion.

    dave
  11. by   NurseFirst
    Quote from dave1117
    is a Palm Tungsten C...more power and storage than most might require but it does fill up fast. I bought it new in box on Ebay for $300. I love it. Everyone in my clinicals now wants one to help with meds, lab values, medical dictionary etc... Worth every penny in my opinion.

    dave
    It's the software to run on it.
    try: http://www.pdamd.com
    http://www.epocrates.com (advertise on this site)
    http://www.skyscrape.com (I think; haven't used it myself, but folks in other PDA threads have.
  12. by   rebeccainlv
    I have had a Palm (m125) for about 4 years now. It's an old model but has served me well and is nowhere near filled up (memory wise). Palm is the best platform because they are inexpensive, cutting edge and have tons and tons of compatible downloads (free and pay), and you can get software cards that plug directly into the expansion slot. I would recommend to get a $200 or higher model for the features and expansion slot. Depends on what you want to do with it. Research them and get the one that meets your needs. I'll be upgrading soon because I want a color screen.......
  13. by   dansamy
    I'm thinking I like the Tungsten C for the WiFi. There are TONS of free "HotSpots" popping up around my town. That would be so great to cruise the net and eat lunch.
  14. by   NurseFirst
    Quote from dansamy
    I'm thinking I like the Tungsten C for the WiFi. There are TONS of free "HotSpots" popping up around my town. That would be so great to cruise the net and eat lunch.
    It might be, but the problem with WiFi is not only that you can access the WiFi networks, the people using the WiFi networks can access YOU if they so desire. I'm not ready to deal with spyware, viruses, firewalls and everything else that goes with computer protection these days -- on my PDA. One step at a time.

    NurseFirst

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