PDA's

  1. I was wondering if anyone is using PDA's (personal digital assistants) in your nursing field.

    I think that they are wonderful things. I have the ACLS protocols, med calculations and pediatric information. I love the pedi ones since I don't deal with them a whole lot.

    I would love to hear from others that are using them.

    Sharon
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  3. by   NurseDennie
    Hi Sharon -

    I've had my PDA for about a year. I'd gotten a job in research and my job required me to work out of two different offices, but only ONE of them had a computer. So I got it for the basics, and I've been filling that thing up the whole time I've had it!

    I use it for scheduling, of course, and I have a PDR in there as well as a BP monitoring program (for me) with really cool graphs. I print out the information and take it to my PCP with notes about my meds, and he goes "Oh Cool, I Love data!" LOL

    I love that it synchs with my Lotus Organizers (what a GREAT organizer program that is!) and I can write my daily notes on my PC and synch it so easily. I'd kind of like to get one of those Palm Visors, that combine (or will, I guess) the PDA with the cell phone. Then you've got your PC and your phone and fax and filofax and filing cabinet. Just carry around a desk and you'd be in danger of arrest for.... IMPERSONATING AN OFFICE.

    Ohhhhh, I'm so sorry. Sometimes they just come out.... (blush)

    Love

    Dennie
  4. by   rninformatics
    I've been using a PDA in my nursing and nursing informatics practice for 2 years now!

    Please search the allnurses.com site for other PDA threads and see the Nursing Informatics Forum on allnurses.com for PDA threads too.
  5. by   kats
    If you go to www.palmblvd.com and then to the "medical" category, there are over 200 different medical palm programs to choose from. I have downloaded several programs from this website to my palm and have never had any problems. Have fun searching!
    -Kimberly
  6. by   moonshadeau
    If you carry around too many things in your pocket, a PDA might not be that useful. I work on a busy floor and I barely used it, even though it was loaded with great programs. Palm OS seems to have more software than windows CE. My advice is to really search the products before buying.
  7. by   sgavette
    Thanks for all of the great info and advise....................

    Sharon
  8. by   nursesherry2004
    Sharon,
    What type of PDA do you have? I will be grad in Dec and would like to get one but I'm clueless as to what is the best one for nurses can you help? I've looked at the HP ipaq they look neat.

    Sherry


    Quote from sgavette
    I was wondering if anyone is using PDA's (personal digital assistants) in your nursing field.

    I think that they are wonderful things. I have the ACLS protocols, med calculations and pediatric information. I love the pedi ones since I don't deal with them a whole lot.

    I would love to hear from others that are using them.

    Sharon
  9. by   nursesherry2004
    Angela,
    Which PDA would you suggest for a new nurse grad? Can you help me decide? There are so many out there and you odviously have experience in this field.
    Sherry


    Quote from rninformatics
    I've been using a PDA in my nursing and nursing informatics practice for 2 years now!

    Please search the allnurses.com site for other PDA threads and see the Nursing Informatics Forum on allnurses.com for PDA threads too.

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