Looking To Buy A Pda - page 6

I've posted this on the infomatics board but am looking for more feedback. I've been offered a beta test of medical reference for PDAs by a major publisher. I'd love to work with them on it, but I... Read More

  1. by   RNPATL
    I also have a Sony Clie .... love it and have a lot of different programs on it, but use my drug list the most. I wish there was a little more software out there that were designed for nurses. But I could not work without my PDA.
  2. by   BabyRN2Be
    I was wondering if there are any PDA's made specifically for nurses. I was out browsing for a PDA today and I was curious if there are any out there on the market that are tailored to a nurse's needs other than the software you can d/l. I know that the one I'd eventually get needs to have TONS of memory, because I'd like a word processing program, and I think that PP would be helpful.

    Anyone know of a PDA made for the nurse in mind?

    I just love drooling over those things anyway.

    Katherine
  3. by   duckboy20
    Don't really think there is one, just have to buy one and add the software you want
  4. by   suzanne4
    The PDA is only as good as the software that you install on it. Just like your computer. I would look for one that has increased memory and preferably where you can add in cards for extra things.
  5. by   Headhurt
    I LOVE my Palm Pilot!! I had a Vx for a long time, and just now upgraded to an m130 because it was sturdier to carry around in a clinical setting.

    Most PDA's have expandable memory, and you can purchase cards that have memory out the wazoo! So far, I have Epocrates, Tabers, some Lab and Diagnostic junk, an EKG program. I also have programs for personal use (games, planners, and a Portable Monkey).

    I can't even remember what life was like before Palm. Oh yeah...it was a big, heavy Franklin.
  6. by   ERNurse752
    Do a search for palm pilots on this board...there was a huge discussion awhile back, and you'll find a ton of good information.
  7. by   TX_RN_CAPA
    I love my Palm Tungsten T. Best purchase. I have Epocrates, ACLS protocols, EKG, Word, Excel as well as the usual basic stuff.

  8. by   lfdeanrn
    Thinking about trying a PDA in clinical setting and would like some feedback and suggestions from nurses who are using PDA's (PC or Palm, are they effective, good source for programs). Thanks. Dean
  9. by   IamRN
    i was always big on carrying my own reference books, so the pda (palm tungsten t3) has been great for decreasing my load and facilitating my fact finding.

    i have also found that the calendar has helped me to keep my schedules straight...i am a working mommie, who keeps very active w/the 2 and 4 yo activities.
  10. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    I know one girl in my class downloaded a drug reference book on it. That's the only reason i can think that i'd want to use one.
  11. by   IamRN
    I have had my Palm Tungsten T3 since November and am really happy it. I use it a lot for the calender to keep up w/my schedule and for reference w/meds, procedures, etc.
  12. by   pghfoxfan
    I also have a Visor, which the price is right. I have used ePocrates too, it has more than just drugs, it has ACLS updates and a lot of other useful info. As someone said, it is free.

    I download stories into mine (for example Xfiles fan fiction stories) and it is like always having a book with you. For example while sitting in traffic, waiting for a Doctors appointment...etc.

    They are wonderful "toys"
  13. by   HisTreasure
    I am new to the PDA market myself, my pda just arrived today, but I have a Sony Clie SJ22. It is a high resolution color, excellent size. I read a lot of threads and it seems Sony is one of the preferred models in healthcare, unless you go Pocket PC, which is somewhat of a different animal. Sony Clie sells for under $150, and you can get one even cheaper on Ebay. Mine was $47 with S&H and it was brand new in box. Clie SJ22s are 16 MB, 33MHz, with infinite expandable memory with the Sony (or third party) memory stick. A lot of PDAs now have mp3 players and digital cameras, (Pocket PCs come standard with Media Player), but this particular model doesn't have either. It's basic enough for novices, yet sophistacated enough for business, class, or clinical settings. I did a search on these boards for "Palm Pilot" and I found a thread with many, many wonderful sites for downloading medical and non-medical softwares in the form of shareware, freeware, and demos.

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