PDA's and programs - page 13

i see lots of people (including myself) asking for advice on pda's and programs for them. someone suggested a forum for them a while ago but that obviously didn't' happen. how about if we made a... Read More

  1. by   Silverdragon102
    I love my TX
  2. by   occc2010rn
    I my TX!
  3. by   buggieRN
    Quote from Phoenixlight
    Hi All,

    i was wondering if anyone has any insight on iPhone texhnology for use as PDA (especially for nursing). I will start school shortly and Im going to buy a new PDA phone. I thought about the Blackjack II, Blackberry and some told me the iPhone is great for that now (i havent been to impressed with its other features) Can anyone point me in the right direction when it comes to PDA phone use and its possible role in the student and professional nurse's life? Thanks!
    :typing

    Lu
    Baghdad, IQ
    Hi, I was just wondering if you bought the iPhone? If so, have you found any downloads for it? I bought one way before I got accepted into nursing school, anyways, I'm trying to avoid buying a pda.
  4. by   woknblues
    Quote from hunnybaby24
    Can you copy stuff out of the Davis drug guide and paste it into word? Like for care plans? I got a Palm TX and was wondering...
    no you can't. tried.

    Quote from levisandtees
    Thanks to all for the very useful information on PDAs and downloads (both $$ and free). I just ordered a TX and cannot wait to have it in my hands...but have a few questions...I start my first LPN job in LTC next month and wondered about software...

    the Nursing Constellation Plus on skyscape.com looks like a great package and just wondered if anyone ordered this set or how they feel about it?

    any great programs specificially for geriatrics that I should check out?

    if I decide to buy programs separately is it best to order the CD or the download when that option is presented? I was leaning more toward the CD because while I "want it NOW" I want that back-up in case of computer failure, etc.

    i'm using Vista and I saw on Palm support that there are downloads that enable compatability...anyone have an opinion on this? I do have an older laptop with XP and wonder if it would be easier to use that exclusively from the get go to avoid frustration or if the downloads really do allow for seamless integration?

    Thanks again for all of the input...makes me wish I had bought one before clinicals (instead of lugging all of the books around)...but better late than never!
    the constellation for skyscape is great. keep in mind there may be some free programs regarding the calculators and such outside of skyscape, epocrates is one. Also, there are some pretty distinct differences in pricing for the drug guides available, all of which are "pretty much the same" in terms of content. Some have updates good for a year to keep your info "up to date". You could well save more money shopping them out individually, and getting free calculators elsewhere. But, the choice is yours. My GF actually went back to XP just to use her palm. not trying to scare you off, but we had very poor results trying to hook up. And we are pretty savvy.

    You will love your palm for clinicals, but it sure was sweet to have one little tiny book as opposed to "bringin' the thunder" with my drug/medsurg/backbreakers I left at home during lecture/labs!!

    Quote from crimson
    Ok, so I just ordered the Palm t/x. Looked at several places most wanted $289-314, and then 50-70 for 2 yr warranty. I found for $253 and a 2 yr warranty for $20. New not refurbished. Will update when I receive and check it out.

    Anyone else have the t/x and like it?
    I saw that price on newegg.com for the "international" version, that is exactly the same, but with a "first time you start it" language selector. No difference at all, and cheaper by about $50. Also, the charger was an autovolt 110-220 which is nice for traveling. (various models may have different configurations, but my particular US model came with a 110 only charger, while my GFs international had 110-220v.)

    I love it.

    It is a little buggy, but a soft restart usually gets you back in the game. Free wifi in places and some airports is nice. The big screen still beats any phone and is great for movies (beats the poop out of a first gen ipod video and is 5 years older). The sound is a bit cheezy, so it really isn't much of an MP3 player, but it works in a pinch.
  5. by   det1t
    My wife is in nursing school and she just got a Palm Treo 800. I was wondering what programs would be good to buy for her? Her birthday and Christmas is coming up so any ideas would be great. Thanks
  6. by   halaina
    HI, I'm a nursing student and plan on purchasing a Palm TX in the next couple of weeks. I know there are tons of posts here that could probably answer this question but all the info gets confusing and I don't have time to read them all, so can anyone tell me exactly what programs I should get for clinicals and school in general and the best place to get them? Thank you so much in advance for any help offered.
  7. by   woknblues
    Quote from halaina
    HI, I'm a nursing student and plan on purchasing a Palm TX in the next couple of weeks. I know there are tons of posts here that could probably answer this question but all the info gets confusing and I don't have time to read them all, so can anyone tell me exactly what programs I should get for clinicals and school in general and the best place to get them? Thank you so much in advance for any help offered.
    First, the going rate for a T|X these days is about $260 or so. I have seen them go on sale for $200. Keep that in mind when shopping. If you eBay, find a trusted seller and go for a refurbished one. I see them down to $125ish. Thats how I got mine, never had any problems. Also, my GF has one she got off of newegg that was the "international version. The only diff is the first time you turn it on, you select from ENg French Spanish or german. That was it, and she saved $50. Also, it came with an autovolt charger, whereas my US model only has 110. For travelers, a nice feature for sure.

    As for the programs, go to skyscape.

    I find some of the programs to be somewhat redundant. I do not recommend you get any of the "specialized books" right away as most of them seem to be just "watered down" medsurg books. Of course, it is up to you, and other people have different opinions. I use the following on a daily basis, and I wouldn't trade them for anything:

    Tabers medical dictionary
    A to Z drugs (the best of the 4 different drug handbooks I found, it has a lot of good pharma info on it)
    Davis medsurg (the big daddy. Tons of stuff in the appendix, too)
    Davis NANDA (a clinical "go to")

    Neat things about the way the programs work, is that they "link" to one another. This makes cross referencing a breeze, and digging for stuff, like you find presenting signs, plug them in, get your NDx, cross ref. with diseases, speculate on meds, etc. you can do it all in about 20 seconds.

    I have a dozen more that get some play time, but those four are king.

    The palm t|x is the best purchase related to school I have made. I can't believe I went the first year without it.
  8. by   halaina
    Thanks so much!
    So you think refurbished is ok then? I was really wondering. The cheapest place I have seen them so far other than ebay is on circuit city for about $280. I will check all my options.
  9. by   lpnflorida
    I love my palm tx, while I am aware that there are phones now which can do it all I would be reluctant to take that route. My rational is, just like once upon a time one could buy a console tv which had stereo etc, etc. if one thing broke you were out until you found someone to repair it. It might have meant sending to repair shop. Due to this I personally prefer separate pds, separate cell phone.
  10. by   woknblues
    Quote from halaina
    Thanks so much!
    So you think refurbished is ok then? I was really wondering. The cheapest place I have seen them so far other than ebay is on circuit city for about $280. I will check all my options.
    Well, I hate to say, yes, absolutely, but in my experience, it was OK.. Here is a very good retailer, that I do wholeheartedly support. The price, is retail though.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16858101138

    On ebay, you will find the going rate around $200 new, to $100 used. I just go with sellers with lots of good recent feedback. $200 savings is not chump change. Many also come with programs, from ex-nursing students, or bundled with programs, FOR nursing students. You can catch some great deals.
    http://search.ebay.com/search/search...+tx&category0=
    Some are bundled with 2 gig SD cards (that is my recommendation for an SD card for this, by the way)
    I can't make that decision for you though


    Quote from lpnflorida
    I love my palm tx, while I am aware that there are phones now which can do it all I would be reluctant to take that route. My rational is, just like once upon a time one could buy a console tv which had stereo etc, etc. if one thing broke you were out until you found someone to repair it. It might have meant sending to repair shop. Due to this I personally prefer separate pds, separate cell phone.
    I really do agree with this assessment. I have ehard all kinds of praise for the blackberry, and iphone, but I really don't want to be whipping out my phone, and everything else, when I am in "clinical mode". They are cheap enough IMO that it does this particular function well enough to really be on it's own. Not only that, the screen is giant compared to the blackberrie configured ones I saw. I could not imagine a smaller screen. Again, this is just my experience.
  11. by   NurseSpanky
    Here are my . I am a prenursing student who is currently in my CNA training. My previous experiance is as Orthopaedic sales rep in the OR. As a rep, I started using PDAs 10 years ago with a Palm III. I stayed with Palms through the palm V then the company i worked for actually started providing Ipaqs for orders and organization. I used the windows based operating sytems for probably the last 4 years i worked in sales. I am hopefully going to get in the ADN program fall 2009 . I am certainly going to get a PDA and looking primarily a Palm. For me they are easier to use, less prone to crashing, and cheaper. I am looking at the refurbished ones because of price. Carrying 1 daily for a decade you appreciate the value of a good case to protect it, but still end up breaking a few. With palm I was able to call them and they would send me a refurbed 1 for a reasonable fee. Seems like it was about a $100. I never noticed a difference between the new and the refurb. Thats why I am just going straight to the refurb to save dough. With very little practice (at least for me) I was able to find the info I needed on the Pdas. They are pretty intuitive. I am looking at the Palm TX because it has plenty of memory and room to expand and the Wi-fi is a huge help. Alot of our area hospitals have free wi-fi so I can always surf the web for info and goofing off if I have a few minutes down time.

    As to the PDA vs smart phone debate I have a Blackberry now. I am shutting it off as soon as I get the palm. The service fees for email and such can add up and there is alot to be said for being able to not have to always carry my PDA when I am off work. I can get a smaller phone and leave the Palm at home.

    As a side note, I am looking for a compatible older model for my wife. When I was in sales , my conterpart and I would meet a couple of times a week to sync our schedules with the infrared ports on the palms. I plan on doing the same with the wife to help us keep tabs on each other during the next few years.

    I hope all this helps.
  12. by   msmith
    Hi folks - just wanted a quick update on the deciding between the smartphone and the TX. I know now all the smartphones come with huge memories, such as 2 GIG and everything that a PDA has.

    So which is the best way to go? Does the TX have as much memory as the smartphone or would I need to add memory to the TX? I really like the TX, the bigger screen, ease of use, etc. I am leaning toward the TX. However, I just want to be sure the TX will meet all of my needs. Right now I am in a nurse practitioner program and would like to download a medical dictionary, etc on the PDA. I just want to be sure I don't run out of memory with the TX.

    Any thoughts or comments?
    Thanks!
  13. by   lpnflorida
    I love my TX, I have yet to run out of memory. One can buy an extra card to put programs on if they start to run out of room. I prefer the Tx as number we are not suppose to carry camera phone on our unit. or any unit for that matter. Our phones are to be left in our purses, unless one has special circumstances.

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