I have been reading about people using pda's in nursing school. I am starting in the fall. Does anybody use a pda cell phone instead of having a cell phone and a pda? If so, which one do you use and does it work well?
I have a classmate who has a PDA/Phone from Verizon he uses in clinical. I don't know how he handles the cell phone aspect of it (maybe he doesn't and no one's mentioned it to him.. I don't know) but he seems to like being able to carry one device for multiple purposes.
I use a Treo 650. I am strongly in favor of the Palm OS because it seems not to have MS's stability issues...but, you can only open one program at a time. I use epocrates software pack (the free version) to look up meds: http://www.epocrates.com/ . I had a fellow Nursing Instructor ask me how I can be sure that my PDA's information was accurate...I replied with a question, "how can you be sure that your book is accurate?".
Do some reserach over at http://reviews.cnet.com/Handhelds/20...ml?tag=ont.pda to see what works for you. Also, just turn off your phone while you are in clinical...the PDA functions will still work! I hope this helps...
Is it the phone that is prohibited in clinical or just the ringing? Why couldn't you just turn the ringer off?
On any kind of unit with telemetry/cardiac monitors, it is said that cell phones interfere with the functioning of the monitors, so they must be turned off. I have heard new research disputes that, but it is still pretty standard to have cell phones completely turned off, at least on units with cardiac monitors.
Turning ringers off is definitely a courtesy issue and should be done also.
The school that I was recently accepted to is actually issuing all students a PDA (Palm TX). Apparently their going to load it with software that replaces a few books that we'd otherwise have to purchase.
I am also a nursing student and a lot of my classmates use the Iphone and love it and what they do is to set their phone in airplane mode while in school and clinicals and they just use it as a PDA. hope this helps
I have a Palm Centro and I typically just turn the phone portion off during clinical. I have the RN package from Skyscape loaded on it (Tabers, a drug guide, lab resource, IV med info).
I love having it at my disposal. Especially nearing med pass time. Most of us don't bring our own books to the hospital b/c there's no secure area to put them, so tracking down a med book at 0900 can be tricky sometimes. It also comes in handy during lecture. If I don't know a word or something, I can look it up really quickly.