Nursing Constellation...Yay or Nay?!? - page 3

Hi all, I am going to be purchasing a Palm T|X very soon, and have been researching all the various nursing and medical programs, as well as where and how to buy them. It seems as if the Nursing... Read More

  1. by   Cinqly
    Quote from midcom
    I'm sorry, I just realized that this post was probably aimed at me. Semisweetchick probably answered it as well as I could but I'll elaborate.

    I don't literally lug my laptop to class but have taken it a few times with me to the library when studying. When I need to write papersor look somehtingup that I don't understand, resources are right there. If I'm taking notes, I can cut & paste instead of looking it up in a book or my PDA & typing out what I read. I too find reading from that tiny screen annoying when it's for a long time. It's OK when I need to look things up quickly, just not for extended lengths of time.
    I totally agree with everything you say!!!

    I use my laptop for stuff that would be too time consuming otherwise, and for stuff that just can't be done any other way. I just don't carry it around all the time, though. In fact, I try to avoid carrying it around if possible, because it's so dang heavy!! Unless I need to do somthing program-specific at school (like the project you described using the laptop version of the Davis Drug Guide), then BAH! I leave it at home or do the project at home. I also carry around a key (memory stick) on which I can easily transfer the average paper from the school computer to my home computer. Much lighter than a laptop... But I totally agree that the laptop has a time and place. What kind of PDA device are you using, if you don't mind my asking?!?
  2. by   midcom
    Quote from cinqly
    What kind of PDA device are you using, if you don't mind my asking?!?
    I have a Life Drive. I bought it because I was concerned that there wouldn't be enough memory & this one has 6 gig of memory, I think. It is a bit slower because I understand that the 6 gigs is like a hard drive & the PDA has to access it differently than the other PDAs.
    I like it but I suspect that if I had bought a different model, I'd have liked it just as well. This way I'm not tied to buying memory cards & trading them out if I have a lot on it. Actually I was surprised how little room the various programs take. It's nothing like software programs on a PC. I have scads of programs & I don't think my PDA is 1/4 full.
    The one thing I found that wasn't as good as it was advertised to be is the recording part. It wasn't something I expected to use so I had the PDA for several months before I decided to test it out. The quality on mine at least, leaves a lot to be desired. I tried recording a song on the radio on my way to school & you couldn't even understand it. However, when I play MP3s on it, the sound is just fine so it must be something in the recording, not the speaker system. That's OK with me because my instructors don't want us recording lectures & frankly, I doubt if I'd get anything out of listening to them a second time anyway.
    Dixie
  3. by   fragino
    I finally settle on the Unbound. I liked the fact that I have both Davis's Drug Guide and Taber's on it. The suite also came with Davis's Lab & Diagnostic Tests, Diseases and Disorders and MEDLINE Journals. We just started clinicals and I like having the references right there without having to lug in the books or having to look them up later. Our current clinical setting does not really have a secure place to leave our books and bags. Anything we want to have in the building with us that we don't want to lose, we have to carry it. When we start having to do reports, care plans and med cards the online version will be available to me from ANY computer that has internet access. The Epocrates was nice but too geared to MDs. I didn't like the look and feel of the Constellation but that may be a personal thing, plus the Taber's, which I considered a must-have is considered an add-on. I looked at Pepid but I was thoroughly confused on what was offered and their pricing system. It looked good but I don't know who they are but I do know Davis and Tabers. Maybe as I hopefully move along my needs may change but at this point, as a starting student it looks like Unbound is the best choice for me. I sure hope so because I paid a lot of money for it.
  4. by   Salesman217
    Quote from jms79
    I know that. I was saying my code didnt work and palm didnt answer my question either so I thought maybe he knew a code
    Chiming in here...

    I saw the mention of the code and wondered about where to get it as well since I just bought a TX a week ago and had already registered it. Then I saw the mention of it being emailed to you so I checked my email and there it was!

    As per your question (and you may have already done this) the email says that you must actually make the purchase by clicking on the link IN THE EMAIL. If you did it this way already, just ignore me. If not, maybe it's worth a shot.

    That 20% may seal the deal for me (if it actually works) as I am shopping software like so many others here.

    I appreciate everyone's input as well.

    Signed

    The Nursing Student Formerly Known As "Salesman"
  5. by   Salesman217
    Hey Semisweetchick,

    Where'd you get the count down thingy? That's pretty cool. I'd like to grad one if I could.

    Salesman
  6. by   jms79
    Salesman I tried using it through the email it never worked. When I was going to checkout on the site it didnt recognize the code never worked was very unhappy. Tried emailing palm tried emailing skyscape never heard back. Used a different product went with the more expensive one the nursing central from unbound. I realized it would cost alot more money if I wanted tabers and davis with the constelation package. I did get 15 dollars off from unbound.
  7. by   Salesman217
    Quote from jms79
    Salesman I tried using it through the email it never worked. When I was going to checkout on the site it didnt recognize the code never worked was very unhappy. Tried emailing palm tried emailing skyscape never heard back. Used a different product went with the more expensive one the nursing central from unbound. I realized it would cost alot more money if I wanted tabers and davis with the constelation package. I did get 15 dollars off from unbound.
    jms79,

    I tried to link from that email and it did go to the "selected items" off of which you get a 20% discount. The top of the page said "Items Included In This Offer" so I knew I wouldn't be getting 20% off of Nursing Central.

    How'd you manage the $15 discount?
  8. by   jms79
    Nursing central is from unbound not from constellation (skyscape) two different places. I got the discount from being a new member just subscribe to unbound and they send u an email with a discount.
  9. by   Salesman217
    Quote from jms79
    Nursing central is from unbound not from constellation (skyscape) two different places. I got the discount from being a new member just subscribe to unbound and they send u an email with a discount.
    Thanks jms79,

    I am aware of skyscape and unbound being two different outlets. Thanks for the info.

    Salesman217

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