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- Jun 17, '12 by tamadrummerI was not affiliated with the hospitals we did our clinicals I not was my school so phones are a big no no.
Largo regional medical center is the most strict around us and all childrens was the least strict. All children's told us to leave our books at home and bring our phone/apps. That was the only place that allowed phones out during clinicals my entire 2 years.
- Jun 17, '12 by JerseyGirl6Wow...I could understand it would probably be easier with the app as far as the speed in looking up things but I personally rather good ole books. Only because phone and other electronics are as good as their batteries and the time ur doin clinicals my phone is def gonna die! So hopefully they don't really want us to live by those apps especially since the reaction to apps on this threats aren't very good ones. O_0
- Jun 17, '12 by JustBeachyNurseMicromedix is a good free drug app. If you are using an iPhone or iPod touch you can search medical apps that are free. There are even free (light versions) of NCLEX question apps. There is a free version of Davis but it's not all the drugs. Many of the reference books will give you access to the mobile version if you purchase the book new (download code inside) only caveat is that if you download through Skyscape the access is limited to a year before you need to repurchase.
There is also Nursing Central that you will have access to the app as long as it is installed on your device but it will only update while you have a paid subscription. Some information doesn't really change while other information (such as medication indications, uses, and availability)
You can also get Medscape for free. epocrates has a free version that is medical news and drugs, plus many of the pediatric drugs have a built in dose calculator with the reference information on the page (such as recommended dose is 10-15mg/kg for ages 2-10, available 100mg/5mL, 250mg/5mL, etc.) I've used that more than once.
- Jun 26, '12 by acosenza2I am surprised at the backlash that people have received while using iPod/iPhones on the units. When I did clinical I quickly ditched the books for the apps on my iPod and never looked back. I told my instructors that I was using it for apps and it was not a problem. No one from the hospital ever said anything about it, and I always saw other medical staff using this for references, including doctors, residents, therapists, and other nurses.
I am always surprised about facilities not embracing technology. It is infinitely more efficient than pulling out reference books from some cabinet at the end of the hall and it is always up to date. I do know many facilities have online resources on the computers on the units, but that is assuming you can find a work station and actually have time to sit down and look it up.
As for the OP, I use Epocrates, Medscape, and Micromedex. For lab values you can also try MD ezLabs.
- Jun 26, '12 by JerseyGirl6I totally agree but personally for me I like books but maybe if I can get a better mobile device then maybe I would better appreicate the pp world better. Thank you for the information.Last edit by JerseyGirl6 on Jun 26, '12 : Reason: add more information
- Jul 21, '12 by ImKosherYeah I would try to go without it as long as I can. Set some money aside just in case, if you still need to buy the digital copies.
- Sep 11, '12 by Futurenurse108Try mini nurse for the Droid!!
- Sep 12, '12 by boricualuv4evermedscape, skycrape, epocrates, mini nurse, nurse converter.
In android, google play store and ipod look up the words nurse and nursing. plenty of apps should pop up so pick what you need! using the above i was pretty much set.
purchase a small skills book and drug book. hospitals have a policy of no phone usage on the floor including pt rooms. if you need to look something up on the phone - HIDE. try the bathroom, lounge or empty pt room. the best solution is to use the hospital computers, they have micromedex and so many resources on them for nurses to look up everything you need.
- Sep 16, '12 by JerseyGirl6We as student nurses, in my particular hosptial school program, are allowed to use phone and kinda expected since we are required to purchase the app and a smart device if we didnt already have one...thank you for the advice...