PDA's and programs - page 2

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   speedykicks
    Dino -
    You gotta get your wifi up and running. it is the best part of a pda, imo. I got the Dell Axim 30 after comparing reviews between it and the Axim 50. The 50 had some performance issues and was heavier, so I went with the acclaimed 30 - cheaper too. My school has a wireless network - yours likly does as well. That means you can use your wifi to connect to the internet, check email, surf, look stuff up, all while in class (if you need to or if occasionaly some of your classes are boring shhhhhh) I can help you with that, if you want - just send me a private message. It is easy - the big thing is figuring out if your school as a wireless network.
  2. by   kimber3ks
    I am looking for something to put on my Palm to help with all the system assessments. There is a ton to remember and I know I read there was a program, but cannot for the life of me remember what it was.

    Kim



    Quote from speedykicks
    Dino -
    You gotta get your wifi up and running. it is the best part of a pda, imo. I got the Dell Axim 30 after comparing reviews between it and the Axim 50. The 50 had some performance issues and was heavier, so I went with the acclaimed 30 - cheaper too. My school has a wireless network - yours likly does as well. That means you can use your wifi to connect to the internet, check email, surf, look stuff up, all while in class (if you need to or if occasionaly some of your classes are boring shhhhhh) I can help you with that, if you want - just send me a private message. It is easy - the big thing is figuring out if your school as a wireless network.
  3. by   pinkdiamonds
    does anyone have the phone/pda? i am really considering buying it and was wanting some input? does it hold alot of nursing downloaded programs? pros/cons? thanks for your input in advance!
  4. by   lovendove
    My husband bought me a pocket pc because he loves computers and thought it would be the best product. After a few clinical rotations, I noticed everyone has palm. Should I tell him to return it for a treo? What are the advantages of the palm software over windows and why does everyone on the floor have palm... whats the secret???
  5. by   CrabbyPatty
    I've had both. First a Palm 505 (a couple of years ago). It was great, til I misplaced it during my move into my new hubbie's home 2 years ago. When I starting school last fall, I realized I really needed another PDA so I got a new Windows Mobile based HP IPAQ. I chose to get a Windows based system because I use windows on my laptop and I chose an HP because I love their products (my laptop, printers, digital camera).

    Honestly, I don't know that it matters much what you get, but I'd do a comparison if I were you. (See my earlier post here.) Find out what software you'd most like to have and see if it's available in both Palm and Windows formats (I think many are).

    Quote from lovendove
    My husband bought me a pocket pc because he loves computers and thought it would be the best product. After a few clinical rotations, I noticed everyone has palm. Should I tell him to return it for a treo? What are the advantages of the palm software over windows and why does everyone on the floor have palm... whats the secret???
  6. by   icugirl33
    Quote from kimber3ks
    I am looking for something to put on my Palm to help with all the system assessments. There is a ton to remember and I know I read there was a program, but cannot for the life of me remember what it was.

    Kim
    I purchased a program a couple weeks ago from skyscape.com called Disease and Disorders: A Nursing Therapeutics Manual 2nd edition. You choose the condition and it gives you a history, what to assess for, and even pertinant documentation. Look it up and you can even do a free trial download.
  7. by   4PsychRN
    Quote from pinkdiamonds
    does anyone have the phone/pda? i am really considering buying it and was wanting some input? does it hold alot of nursing downloaded programs? pros/cons? thanks for your input in advance!

    i own one of these and gave my girlfriend a treo 650 which we love iam a nurse and she is in nursing school but it comes in handy for her in clinicals as well as i am able to refer to my medications, dx and any basic questions that i might need.it will hold alot of data all you need to do is buy a card and these days they are cheap likw $30 will get you a good size. i would recomend it
  8. by   MickyB-RN
    Quote from autoharp15
    Epocrates.com is a must. Its a free drug program that you can update. It tells you about all the drugs as well as Adult, peds dosages, contra indications, side effects, generic and brand names, what type it is, how its secreted, action ect. Its a wonderful program for Nurses. You can purchase the full version, but I have never done that. You will have all the information you need about any drug and all new drugs that come out. Its more up to date than the most recent drug books you can purchase on the shelf. I used it all thru school, and I still use it now that I am a working nurse.
    I have the Dell Axim X50v with nothing loaded on it for clinicals. I am going to buy a 1GB Memory card today for it. I better start finding some good programs for it. I will start with the epocrates free drug program.


    Kelly
  9. by   loriann
    I just bought a Tungsten E2 and had some questions after reading all the replies.

    I see some people went to Skyscape and others have gone the Epocrates route. My question is, Do the people who purchased the Nursing Constellation package with Skyscape also need the Epocrates Essentials or are they really two different packaging systems that provide the same information.

    Also, I bought a 256 MB card with my Palm. Should I put that card in when I download the programs I choose, or should I leave in the original card that came with the Palm?

    I'm new to this, so any help is appreciated.

    Thanks,

    Lori
  10. by   CrabbyPatty
    I downloaded many programs before I saw Constellation's package, so I'm not sure how great the programs they offer are. Before purchasing the Constellation Package, I'd go through each program and maybe download a trial version to look at before making a decision about buying the package (you may not like all the programs they have in their "package"). However, keep in mind that the trial versions are very limited in what you have access to, but they give you an idea as to what's there if you purchase the program.

    I purchased the following which were either required or recommended reading for my nursing program: Davis' Drug Guide; RN Notes; Lippincott's Manual of Nursing Practices and Procedures; Taber's Medical Dictionary

    Additional programs I purchased are: Lippincott's Nursing Diagnosis (which I love, it lists NANDA, NOC, & NIC diagnoses info); Netter's Anatomy Flashcards (for my A&P class I had last year); I downloaded Archimedes Medical Calculator (for free from Skyscape); and the basic free Epocrates stuff.

    In my opinion, I'd go with Skyscape and get the few programs that you feel are necessities. You also get credits with Skyscape that you can use towards future purchases.

    As far as the storage card, I bought a 512mb card and saved ALL my nursing programs to it. BE CAREFUL though, I had everything on a SanDisk card and the card malfunctioned and I had to buy a new card and reload EVERYTHING again. After this happened, I read some pretty bad things on the web about SanDisk cards and how this has happened to many others. I have Lexar and PNY brand cards that have been good to me so far.

    Hope this helps.
  11. by   Nemhain
    Quote from loriann
    I just bought a Tungsten E2 and had some questions after reading all the replies.

    I see some people went to Skyscape and others have gone the Epocrates route. My question is, Do the people who purchased the Nursing Constellation package with Skyscape also need the Epocrates Essentials or are they really two different packaging systems that provide the same information.

    Also, I bought a 256 MB card with my Palm. Should I put that card in when I download the programs I choose, or should I leave in the original card that came with the Palm?

    I'm new to this, so any help is appreciated.

    Thanks,

    Lori

    Hi Lori! Epocrates and Skyscape's Nursing Constellation are two different systems and you really don't need both... Actually, does anyone need either? (Just for the record I have had Epocrates and now I have the Skyscape)

    There are 4 programs I think are the absolute best, but they're from different companies: Davis' Drug Guide (I believe this is the best Drug guide out there for nurses!!! ...this is available in the Nursing Constellation, but is also available on it's own), Taber's Medical Encyclopedia, The Epocrates Dx (this is much more comprehensive than the "Add On" Diseases and Disorders from Skyscape that doesn't come in the Constellation), and the Nurse's Manual of Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests. Remember these can all be bought separately (I wish I had done that) and the full versions of Epocrates and Skyscape's Nursing Constellation both have their short comings.

    You can down load them on the card, but if you lose the card then you're up poo creek with no paddle! The Tungsten E2 has 32MB of memory and the Nursing Constellation only takes up 8.5 MB and Epocrates takes up 7.6 MB. I highly recommend getting a medical dictionary such as Taber's and that takes up 15MB without pictures and 44MB with pics, so that may be one that you should put on your card.

    I hope that covers it! If you need anymore clarification let me know!!!
  12. by   SFCardiacRN
    My PDA is a set of 3x5 cards with a hole punched in the corner and a snap ring. My hard drive is Eileen. She has 35+ years of nursing experience and knows EVERYTHING!!!
  13. by   CrabbyPatty
    Can I have one of those Eileen thingymaboppers to accompany me to clinicals? I certainly wouldn't need my PDA if I had one.:chuckle

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