Nursing Constellation...Yay or Nay?!?

  1. 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 Constellation offered by Skyscape gives the best basic set of programs for the cheapest price. Plus, Skyscape gives you the option to buy from a list of other programs at a 20% discount. I have read through many of the threads and posts on allnurses.com, but there doesn't seem to be much info on the Skyscape Nursing Constellation specifically. I'll lay out the facts for all to see, because I think it's a good deal, but if anyone has comments please feel free to add. Obviously, if you already have (or have tried) the Skyscape Nursing Constellation, I'd love to hear your feedback, good and bad! Also, if you've tried another bundled package or found a cheaper place to buy programs, I'd love to know.

    skyscape nursing constellation--$86.95, includes:
    Sx, Dx, Tx & Lab: RNotes: Nurse's Clinical Pocket Guide
    Nurse's Manual of Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests
    Rx: Davis's Drug Guide for Nurses with built in drug dosing calculation tools
    Tools: Archimedes Medical Calculator
    MedAlert - News & Journal summaries
    ICD-9-CM Coding Tool

    Additional offer: Purchase the new Skyscape Nursing Constellation today and receive a 20% discount on any of these selected add-on references:
    Diseases and Disorders: A Nursing Therapeutics Manual
    Nurse's Fast Facts: The Only Book You Need for Clinicals
    Nursing I.V. Drug Handbook
    Lippincott Manual of Nursing Practice: Procedures
    Drug Interaction Facts
    Handbook of Signs and Symptoms
    Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary
    Nursing2004 Herbal Medicine Handbook
    -->Would any of these programs be helpful?!?


    Now, if you were to go to Handango.com and purchase these programs, this is what you'd end up paying:

    RNotes: Nurse's Clinical Pocket Guide, 2nd Edition--$28.95
    Nurse's Manual of Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests, 4th ed.--$45.95
    Davis's Drug Guide for Nurse's with Integrated Calculaters--$49.95
    Archimedes Medical Calculator--FREE!
    MedAlert--Not Available on Handango.com
    ICD-9-CM Coding Tool--$29.95

    Total at Handango.com: $154.80

    So, obviously for this group of programs the Nursing Constellation is a good deal. You are basically buying the Davis's Drug Guide and the Nurse's Manual and getting the rest for free!!! Of course, I'm sure many people have preferences to other program's, but if it seems like a good deal for a new nursing student, then I'm game! If this seems like a good group of programs for the price, then I'd appreciate the feedback.

    Let me know what you think! Thanks all!
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  2. 34 Comments

  3. by   vickynurse
    Personally, I never pay for any PDA references. Epocrates.com offers free software that is very helpful. Check it out!
  4. by   timinchrist
    If you purchase a Palm PDA and register it, you will be able to purchase unbound medicine's nursing central which usually sells for 149.95 but with the discount for registering your pda, it's 20% off. Worth checking out.
    Go to Welcome to Palm, Inc., formerly palmOne - Select a Destination and check it out under medical software
    Tim
  5. by   Cinqly
    Thanks for the input. So are you guys saying that you prefer different software, or that it's just not the best deal?

    Vicky, does the Epocrates cover everything that the Skyscape nursing constellation covers? I am going to check it out, but I'm hoping for an easy answer from you!

    Tim, do you think that the Unbound medical software would be better? It seems like it offers the same and similar programs, but at a much higher cost. Have you used it and just found it to be a better suite than the Skyscape bundle? I suppose that the Taber's is 50 bucks, so it seems like they throw in the journal for free... Hmm...decisions, decisions.
  6. by   Cinqly
    Quote from vickynurse
    Personally, I never pay for any PDA references. Epocrates.com offers free software that is very helpful. Check it out!
    The only thing I saw for free on Epocrates.com is the drug reference... I see some other programs, buy they seem much more costly than the others I am looking at. Maybe you can fill me in if I am missing something.

    Edit: I think I found them!
    Last edit by Cinqly on Jan 6, '07
  7. by   timinchrist
    Unbound medicine's nursing central which usually sells for 149.95 but with the discount for registering your pda, it's 20% off. Which makes it 120.00 which is a great price. I haven't used it yet but like yourself, I have been shopping around and this seems to be the best deal.
    Tim
  8. by   Cinqly
    Quote from timinchrist
    Unbound medicine's nursing central which usually sells for 149.95 but with the discount for registering your pda, it's 20% off. Which makes it 120.00 which is a great price. I haven't used it yet but like yourself, I have been shopping around and this seems to be the best deal.
    Tim
    Thanks for the advice. When you get a chance to try out the program, let me know what you think! What kind of PDA do you have? I guess when I get my PDA, if I get the same programs (or different) I'll let you know what I think of the programs. Thanks!
  9. by   timinchrist
    I've got a Palm Tungsten E2 which is middle of the road and I like it. I have just finished my pre-reqs and hope to be in a nursing program the fall of this year. Until then, I'm waiting on investing any money on a nursing software program.
    Tim
  10. by   midcom
    I bought Nursing Constellation & really like it. In addition I bought

    Diseases and Disorders: A Nursing Therapeutics Manual
    Nurse's Fast Facts: The Only Book You Need for Clinicals
    Handbook of Signs and Symptoms
    Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary

    I'm an LPN student but feel these are really beneficial, especially, Tabers & Davis Drug Guide.

    What I especially like about buying from Skyscape, and perhaps this is true from other companies, is that you can choose, at no additional cost, to also include the version of the program for your PC. As a student, my laptop is practically glued to my hip, and I have all that information just a click away when I am studying or doing research.
    By the way, in addition, I have purchased Nursing Diagnosis Handbook & Nursing Procedures (not Lippincotts). There is some overlap so I may have overdone it but so far, I'm satisfied.
    Dixie
  11. by   Cinqly
    Quote from midcom
    I bought Nursing Constellation & really like it. In addition I bought

    Diseases and Disorders: A Nursing Therapeutics Manual
    Nurse's Fast Facts: The Only Book You Need for Clinicals
    Handbook of Signs and Symptoms
    Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary

    I'm an LPN student but feel these are really beneficial, especially, Tabers & Davis Drug Guide.

    What I especially like about buying from Skyscape, and perhaps this is true from other companies, is that you can choose, at no additional cost, to also include the version of the program for your PC. As a student, my laptop is practically glued to my hip, and I have all that information just a click away when I am studying or doing research.
    By the way, in addition, I have purchased Nursing Diagnosis Handbook & Nursing Procedures (not Lippincotts). There is some overlap so I may have overdone it but so far, I'm satisfied.
    Dixie
    I'm glad to hear that you are satisfied with the Constellation. Unfortunately, I was in the bookstore buying books and went over to the "wall of nursing" to look at books, and realized that the program I applied to uses Mosby's for everything: drug guide, diagnosis handbook, etc. I don't know if I can use another version or not-I have to figure out who to ask. I hope not, because all of the Mosby stuff is $50 a program, and they don't seem to be included in any bundle or constellation anywhere. Dang! I like the idea of having the integrated calculators (included with the Davis drug guide)-they seem like they would be very helpful. Anyway, thank you everyone for the advice!
  12. by   catlvr
    I have Nursing Constellation as well, and love it. There are only a few people in my clinical group (LPN students) who have a PDA (and the others who have one just have a drug guide), so they turn to me for fast answers. I like this, 'cause it means they are quick to help me move someone when I ask!

    e
  13. by   Cinqly
    Quote from ebyrnes
    I have Nursing Constellation as well, and love it. There are only a few people in my clinical group (LPN students) who have a PDA (and the others who have one just have a drug guide), so they turn to me for fast answers. I like this, 'cause it means they are quick to help me move someone when I ask!

    e
    Glad to hear you like it. So, in your classes/clinicals, do you really use the PDA drug guide a lot? Do you think it is faster than flipping around in the book? And, do you think the features of having a PDA are just more handy? (such as calculators, easy reference to other programs, etc.).
  14. by   Scrubz
    I just bought Nursing Constellation and I'll say that it's great. Very helpful so far and it's so easy to find info. I also bought Taber's and it's great too.

    So if you have the money, buy them both.

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