Palm Pilots - page 4

Hello! I'm a second year BScN student at McMaster University in Ontario Canada. I'm looking to purchase a palm pilot and a program that can provide me with a quick reference guide for meds and lab... Read More

  1. by   TheBrainMusher
    ok, when I talked to one of the nursing schools I was looking to go to, I asked the question if they would be using or integrating handheld organizers in their study. they had stated that b/c the handhelds software wasn't completely up to date (like as of that day) that they hadn't seen the need to use them ... yet I see doctors in my primary office using them ... anyone care to enlighten me?
    Thanks!
  2. by   Stargazer
    Originally posted by Mshheaddoc
    ok, when I talked to one of the nursing schools I was looking to go to, I asked the question if they would be using or integrating handheld organizers in their study. they had stated that b/c the handhelds software wasn't completely up to date (like as of that day) that they hadn't seen the need to use them ... yet I see doctors in my primary office using them ... anyone care to enlighten me?
    Thanks!
    Yes. The nursing school is too lazy and/or cheap/poor to use PDAs.

    They're still a great tool for students, though.
  3. by   Coldfoot
    I love havinga a Pda and think they are great tool for work. I got mine after responding to an overdose on a medication that was new to me. I looked it up in the Tarscon's Pharmacopia I always caried and found the abreviation for "Available only in the delux edition." I bought a PDA the next day. My only comment is that I have been less than happy with my Handspring. After 3 months of use, it refused to turn on. I did the diagnostic stuff and ended up sending it in for replacement. The replacement lasted 24 hours before the buttons quit responding. My third one has lasted about 8 months now. The customer service at Handspring was good, but the product was not so impressive.
  4. by   cindyln
    Got my Handspring today. Charging it now, Can't wait to load some programs and try it out!
  5. by   chrn
    This is so great!! Nurse geeks everywhere!! I have been out of town this week but would like to add one thing that I do not believe was addressed. It is recommended (by others more experienced than I) that you use screen protectors. These are just little thin films that go over the "graffiti" area you write on (on Palm OS). Loss of screen function is one of the big things that could happen after a lot of use. ( I had wondered if this could have been what Rachel's salesman was thinking of..). Once the screen goes, it is not a replaceable componant. So the screen savers can prolong the useful life of your PDA.
    Also, to comment on the nurse managers and instructors who don't think epocrates or other drug guides are accurate/current enough--they need to be educated on the facts. (Not that that alone will change the "way we do things").
    I've used my old PalmIIIxe for 2 years without a problem-even without screen savers. I have to upgrade now just because I don't have expandable memory.
    Good news is I got a new job with a big raise!!! Yeah!! More money for toys.
    Cindy
  6. by   sjoe
    Thanks to all of your for your thoughts, feedback, and suggestions about buying a PDA. I saved those that were relevant in a file, and when I get around to buying a PDA, I'll certainly know where to start and what to look for.

    A most productive use of this BB, IMHO.
  7. by   Peatness
    I finally went out today and made the big purchase. Thanks to all your suggestions I was able to make an informed decision as to what PDA I wanted and which programs would be most useful. I picked up a Toshiba e750 pocket PC. It's got a 400MHz Xscale processor (almost the same as my PC at home!) Nice thing about this little toy is it will double as a mini laptop. Thanks again for all of your help what a great BB! You guys are the best!!

    Not yet sending you this from her mini handheld computer...

    Peat:roll
  8. by   the taoist
    I just started reading this thread and mentioned it to a friend who is a computer programmer. He said, "Oh, I have a new Handspring that I'll sell you for cheap." I just bought it. I loaded a medical dictionary on it and a drug guide that has drug interactions with it.

    I am a nursing student. What are some other applications that will be useful for me? Any ideas?

    Brian
  9. by   hoolahan
    I also have the Handspring Visor Pro Silver. I love it. I didn't need the cell phone function, I'm already too hooked on this site!

    I liked this version b/c it had 16 mb memory and was B&W. I did a lot of research before I bought it, and I needed it to last a long time on battery, so I opted not to get color. Unless yu plan to surf the web, use it as a digital camera, or play lots of games, then color really isn't a necessity.

    Also wanted to add a book I picked up that was very helpful... How to do everything with your Palm 3rd edition. It isn't just for Palm brand. I learned how to set my palm up the way I liked it best fromk this book.

    It also sits in a hot sync cradle to charge. I sync stuff on a regular basis. I also bought the targus portable keyboard, so if I want to watch TV and enter some data, I can! The keyboard folds up a little large than the palm, very portable. IN home health, I set-up schedules on it, and keep my caseload in the address book, using the note feature to add that person's pharmacy # Doc's # & fax, DME companies, etc...

    I also made a category in the address book for my dtr's friends, so if I ned to find her, I have the home #, the teen line #, the kid's cell number, and the mom's first name. This has saved me more than once if she has left her cell phone in her room, or the battery ran down!
  10. by   cindyln
    I have a new handspring pro silver and am having a blast with it. My one problem is that I have some programs that I have loaded onto it that are not showing up. WHen I look to delete they are listed but are not showing on the main screen. What am I doing wrong?
  11. by   the taoist
    Cindy,

    Make sure that you have a "reader" installed. That is how I access the medical dictionary on mine. If you have this installed, go through the reader to access these programs.

    Brian
  12. by   cindyln
    what reader do I need to install? Will one work for all programs?
  13. by   the taoist
    Handspring uses the Palm operating system.

    I'll look right now and get right back.

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