PDA's and programs - page 3

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   CrabbyPatty
    BTW, I still use 3x5 cards on a ring for some stuff. Sometimes it's much easier to quiz myself in the car at a stoplight with those cards than to pull out my PDA and search for the right file
  2. by   briggswiss
    Hey gang... I'm surprised no one has mentioned PEPID that little program has everything! A full nursing reference I use it daily. pepid.com
  3. by   loriann
    Thanks for the replies everyone!! I really appreciate the help and will probably be asking questions again very soon as I get things going. Either that, or it's onto the 3X5 ring binder again

    Lori
  4. by   4PsychRN
    but pepid is not free, we are talking about free software.

    otherwise the best one is mobileMICROMEDEX but it costs money to register.
  5. by   briggswiss
    wow
    Someone pls tell me where to get FA Davis for FREE ! Skyscape and Epocrates are free too ! Where are you finding these programs at no cost?I know some offer free trials but none of them are free.
  6. by   nurse4theplanet
    Quote from 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).
    PALM vs. Pocket PC

    I am a Macintosh user (we are few and far between). For the most part computer software integrates well between Mac and Win (nowdays) but as far as a handheld PDA, I found that PALM OS is the MOST COMPATIBLE with my computer.

    Don't know if this will help anyone out there. I hope so.

    I bought the Davis Drug Guide, Taber's Med Dictionary, Labs & Diagnostic Test, and Dx and D/O in a bundle from www.fadavis.com

    I got my PDA on sale with a rebate- PalmOS tungsten T5 for $349 plus a $25 rebate from www.skyscape.com

    I got tons and tons of free software by just doing a google search for free PDA software

    www.lww.com also has PDA software for nursing you can buy

    The NCLEX Review 8th ed is awesome!!! you can study anywhere, forget having to lug around books, plus I have word so I downloaded all my notes, and I have tunes and games to give my brain a break! I love my PDA
  7. by   MickyB-RN
    Quote from DeeSki
    Mine is an HP IPAQ hx2415 with a memory card (not sure the size but totally necessary). I have a case, cradle and charger.

    All of my software was either preloaded (the regular stuff like excel, windows ce, etc) or purchased from skyscape.com. I bought the Nursing Constellation package that includes RNnotes, Davis' drug guide. nurse's manual of laboratory and diagnostic tests, archimedes and the ICD-9. I added the Taber's. Something called CheckRx (prob free), medalert (free) this one updates with nursing news when you sync it, then you can read the stuff later and save or delete. It can be interesting if you have the space for it. I also bought Lippincott NCLEX RN8 review which I work on when I am bored (and sick of playing jawbreaker). The questions seem unreasonably easy for NCLEX questions since I am only in my first semester of nursing school (second if I count the summer session).

    I wish I had more games (and I'm not even a game person). I love the calender/datebook. I wish the battery lasted longer and/or I had the car charger.
    Is the nursing constellation good for nursing assessments on a surgical floor? I start my surgical rotation and am looking for a good bundle to use as I will run into many different medical/surgical problems. tia for any help!

    Kelly

    Pepid vs. Skyscape for a surgical rotation? Any info is greatly appreciated.


    Kelly
    Last edit by MickyB-RN on Oct 26, '05 : Reason: Automerged Doublepost
  8. by   lccougar02
    Anyone know of any free or not
    ~Janine
  9. by   DeeSki
    Quote from KellyMarie37
    Is the nursing constellation good for nursing assessments on a surgical floor? I start my surgical rotation and am looking for a good bundle to use as I will run into many different medical/surgical problems. tia for any help!

    Kelly

    Pepid vs. Skyscape for a surgical rotation? Any info is greatly appreciated.


    Kelly
    I don't think the nursing constellation is going to give you what you are looking for. I just purchased a health assessment program from skyscape to supplement what I have in the constellation. Downloading it crashed my PDA for a short time and somehow I lost my Tabler's but the lucky thing is that its easy enough to go back and download it again until all the bugs are worked out. You really should surf around all the programs in skyscape and see what would work for you. A graduate of our program highly recommends the Griffith's 5 minute clinical consult. It may be more in the lines of what you are looking for. It is NOT a nursing program but serves the same purpose. I haven't purchased it yet. I have only brought my PDA to clinical twice. I'm afraid of losing it like somebody in my class did on her FIRST clinical day!

    Dee
  10. by   26.2, BSN
    I KNOW THIS IS A STUPID QUESTION BUT I'M GOING TO ASK IT ANYWAY.

    How big is a PDA? And how much money should I investfor a good quality one? How much will it help in my Nursing Program and later when I become an R.N.:hatparty: I If someone could give me just basic info, I would appreciate it.
    Thank you
  11. by   DeeSki
    Quote from notebook1985
    I KNOW THIS IS A STUPID QUESTION BUT I'M GOING TO ASK IT ANYWAY.

    How big is a PDA? And how much money should I investfor a good quality one? How much will it help in my Nursing Program and later when I become an R.N.:hatparty: I If someone could give me just basic info, I would appreciate it.
    Thank you
    A PDA will fit in your uniform shirt pocket. Palm Pilots (I think) are cheaper and have many programs. I like windows so I bougth a IPAQ. They run between 300-400. You will have to spend $$ on programs but its nice to have Taber's and the Drug guide in your pocket without carrying around the books. I'm a freshman in my first semester so I couldn't give you more specific info on how useful it will be later on.

    Dee
  12. by   Josh L.Ac.
    Quote from asoldierswife05
    PALM vs. Pocket PC

    I am a Macintosh user (we are few and far between). For the most part computer software integrates well between Mac and Win (nowdays) but as far as a handheld PDA, I found that PALM OS is the MOST COMPATIBLE with my computer.


    I also am a Mac user. And PC user. I have committment issues.








    Anyway. I have had a pocket PC and a sony clie (Palm OS), and I think my next purchase will be a Dell Axim (microsoft mobile OS). I had my old pocket PC before I had my Clie and I found the native word and excel files a huge plus. Now you can use native word and excel files on Palm OS, but it still loses formating options that might exist in the actual file. That wouldn't be an issue for most people but I have all of my 3+ years of acupuncture school notes in word format.

    The big debate for me is between the previously mentioned dell axim ( http://www1.us.dell.com/content/prod...=19&l=en&s=dhs ) and the Palm Life drive ( http://www.palm.com/us/products/mobi...ers/lifedrive/ ). So far it seems like most medical software is available on both OS (please correct me if I am wrong) so that wasn't much of a factor. But what might swing to vote to the microsoft mobile OS is that it looks like the future of Palm OS might not be as clear as the microsoft mobile OS ( http://www.computerworld.com/softwar...105085,00.html ).



    Any comments are appreciated.
  13. by   mtnmom
    Quote from lccougar02
    Anyone know of any free or not
    ~Janine
    there are several pregnancy wheels out there. I use a freebie that I downloaded from www.freewarepalm.com as part of a program called OB suite. once you get used to it you wonder how in the world you ever dealt with those little teeny lines on the regular wheels.

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