Ways to utilize your PDA - page 4

I've seen a lot of threads with questions about PDA's. A lot of questions are, "should I get one?" especially as a student. From non-PDA users they usually don't see a reason to get one. The PDA... Read More

  1. by   crb613
    Quote from nurz2be
    Yeah I didn't care for the "bells and whistles" either. Mine is SUPER easy to use, is super fast for looking up info (other students around me spend tons of time flipping around in the reference books....I just hit a button, start typing a word and poof there it is), and it has a large color screen. I bought a 1 Gig memory card in addition to the memory in the PDA. That seems to help too, when you buy programs, at least from Skyscape, you can get the "Card download version" of the programs, that is what I do. Then I can choose to have several cards, multiple programs, and still not have my system bog down. Eventually, after school, I want to be in ER nursing so I have been checking out programs that relate to that, there are quite a few, along with the others that are so SUPER handy.

    HERE is the one I bought, this is actually the place I bought mine from as well.
    Thank you so much! You pretty much did everything but buy it for me! One more question did you go new or refurbished? Thanks again & good luck with school. BTW ER nursing is the way to go!
  2. by   nurz2be
    You are very welcome.

    I bought a refurbished one, it came with EVERYTHING including a really nice leather case, charging cord, basic software package (including the Documents to Go), a screen cover (protects the glass screen from all the sliding and poking with the stylus), and a 1 year full warranty. I have had NO problems with it whatsoever. I read some review articles about that company and have seen 98% good reviews regarding their business practice.

    Thank you for the good wishes and the ER advice (I can't WAIT to be in the thick of it!).

    GOOD LUCK to you and your purchase. You WON'T regret it. OH, a nurse today at my clinical site had this nifty cover for her PDA, is like mine, it completely covers the PDA and is able to be disinfected (nasty nosocomials). She said she got it at the local medical supply, I am sure most have them.

    Thanks again and GOOD LUCK>

    Quote from crb613
    Thank you so much! You pretty much did everything but buy it for me! One more question did you go new or refurbished? Thanks again & good luck with school. BTW ER nursing is the way to go!
  3. by   Lisa621
    Ok dumb question but is a PDA also a phone? Do you purchase both? And all these websites with dictionary's are they free? Do you need internet access for them?

    Lisa

    Sorry if it sounds wierd but I am not gizmo savy at all.
  4. by   Bstod16
    Hi there-

    I have a Palm TX too. I have not used it much, as I just can't fit it into my schedule. However, I am wondering how you "listen" to your lectures on it? I am using an Ipod to tape lectures, then load them to Itunes and then back to the Ipod as a file. However, I have deleted multiple lectures because I can't figure out how the darn Ipod operates properly!

    Thanks
    Beth
  5. by   Silverdragon102
    Quote from Lisa621
    Ok dumb question but is a PDA also a phone? Do you purchase both? And all these websites with dictionary's are they free? Do you need internet access for them?

    Lisa

    Sorry if it sounds wierd but I am not gizmo savy at all.
    PDA is not a phone. Can purchase a combination but a lot depends on what your school (if at school) requires. Some will not allow phones. PDA's programs are downloaded onto your PDA via computer and then can be pulled up at a tap of a button
  6. by   crb613
    Quote from nurz2be
    You are very welcome.

    I bought a refurbished one, it came with EVERYTHING including a really nice leather case, charging cord, basic software package (including the Documents to Go), a screen cover (protects the glass screen from all the sliding and poking with the stylus), and a 1 year full warranty. I have had NO problems with it whatsoever. I read some review articles about that company and have seen 98% good reviews regarding their business practice.

    Thank you for the good wishes and the ER advice (I can't WAIT to be in the thick of it!).

    GOOD LUCK to you and your purchase. You WON'T regret it. OH, a nurse today at my clinical site had this nifty cover for her PDA, is like mine, it completely covers the PDA and is able to be disinfected (nasty nosocomials). She said she got it at the local medical supply, I am sure most have them.

    Thanks again and GOOD LUCK>
    Ok I have bought it...and should be here any day! Thanks for all your help. Do you or anyone know of any good spelling software??? I am a horrible speller .....Thanks Again
  7. by   littlemamakt
    Quote from Aprilhere

    It was still worth the money though. When we're ready...next I want to buy 2 palms...the same model. That way my hubby and I can sync our schedules and always have the info we need with us.
    Aprilhere, can you tell me more about how to do this? I just ordered two Palm Treo 680s, one for me and one for my dh. It would be great if we can sync our schedules this Fall when I start nursing school!

    BTW, I got them for $100 each with a new cell contract. Great deal!
    -Kate
  8. by   puffymuffy
    I use a Tungstein E2; its very basic and easy to use. I bought it to use a product called Pepid. Its also really easy to use and navigate thru
  9. by   fashionro1
    What digital recorder do you have?
  10. by   nursemanon
    i just bought an HP iPAq 100 and i have 2 questions, i hope someone would reply.

    1. I don't have the pocket keyboard, and I was thinking of working on windows word in my laptop then synching it to my iPAQ. How do i do that?

    I tried synching it, but it seemed the windows mobile (word, excel and powerpoint) wasn't uploaded to my laptop.

    2. i've tried applying for membership in the american geriatric society but there was a problem with their online feature, anyone here who knows how i can download their ags book?

    3. are there any site who offers free care plans software for my iPAQ?

    thanks a lot!!
  11. by   thepenartist
    Quote from RNCENCCRNNREMTP
    I have been using Palm PDA's since 1999.

    I have migrated through the V, Vx, 505, 515, Tungsten C and now the TX.

    Here is how I use mine. No kickbacks from the following software sites, nor am I advertising for them, just a very satisfied user.

    Calendar

    I use an enhanced calendar called DateBook 6 (www.pimlicosoftware.com) that
    uses the basic Palm calendar as its base but has many feature enhancements
    including use of icons, linking events to address/contact information,
    multiple calendar views including day, multi-day, week, month, 4 month and
    year. I keep track of work schedule, wife's schedule, kids schedule,
    appointments, conferences, in-services, etc.


    Contacts

    I have over 1500 contacts that includes family, friends, co-workers,
    physicians, hospitals, pharmacies, EMS, police, ECF's


    Memo

    I have created over 1100 memos that are mainly ER practice tips and tricks
    and things not to forget


    Tasks (To Do's)

    Keep track of things I need to finish that may not have a set due date (I
    would use calendar for that) but kind of like a "sticky note" to remind me
    to go tot he store, get gas, backup my PC, etc


    Medical Applications

    Epocrates Essentials - Must have (www.epocrates.com) A little pricey but
    WELL WORTH IT!!!!! Look up drugs, herbal drugs, medical conditions database, infectious disease information, differential diagnoses based on symptom list, information tables (what makes urine green?, steroid comparisions, narcotic comparisons, and many more), CME/CE opportunities anywhere you happen to be (I have done about 10 hours just this month alone).

    Infusicalc (www.aetherpalm.com) must have if you are managing IV Rx drips.
    Allows you to pre-program with your hospital standard concentrations for ANY drug infusion. Tap in the dose you want and the drip rate is there.

    ABX Guide (http://hopkins-abxguide.org/) New and improved FREE antibiotic
    guide that is updated frequently. lets you select the correct antibiotic for a particular infection (good for Advanced Practice nurses)

    Merck Medicus (http://www.merckmedicus.com/pp/us/hc...le_medicus.jsp)
    FREE abstract downloads for over 200 medical and nursing journals.Allows you
    to select what journals interest you and automatically download when new
    issue is released. Allows you to pick and choose your readings more easily.

    Medcalc (http://www.med-ia.ch/medcalc/) FREE medical calculators over 70 of
    them)

    MedRules (http://pbrain.hypermart.net/medrules.html) FREE medical prediction
    calculators

    iSilo (www.isilo.com). A reader program and there are MANY medical databases written for this reader. Go to www.meistermed.com for a huge collection of iSilo based medical files. Especially Clinical Medicine Consult. It is like a condensed Cecil's Texbook of Medicine, only updated more frequently with the latest evidence based medicine (3-4 times/year). Very easy to navigate and covers nearly every medical field (emergency, cardiology, pulmonary, neurology, rheumatology, critical care, nephrology, women's health, pediatrics, and many more!

    Hope this helps the newbies out there.

    It is through your recommendations in this post, plus going to each site and evaluating the software, that I have bought the above mentioned PDA, and will subscribe to the epocrates essentials software.
    I submitted my thanks to this member for posting all this information, but I didn't feel that was enough to express my gratitude to the information posted. As a student nurse, and finishing up classes in Pharmacology, I knew I would be unable to memorize all the drugs and such. To have a PDA with the epocrates will be so helpful during my clinicals as well as when I get out into the workforce, relieves some stress and worries about medication errors. THANK YOU!
    I have shared this post and its information with fellow classmates!
  12. by   angelgreg
    okay all i just got accepted into the nursing program and am going to be starting this aug. I read all of the comments on PDA's. I have a couple questions.... 1. does anyone know if SC4 allows PDA/phone combo? 2. What is a really good one to get that runs with ease and has quick access? I am really new to this whole PDA thing and really have no idea what to even ask the sales person when i go to purchase it. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!! Thanks in advance!!!
  13. by   leggendario
    Quote from angelgreg
    okay all i just got accepted into the nursing program and am going to be starting this aug. I read all of the comments on PDA's. I have a couple questions.... 1. does anyone know if SC4 allows PDA/phone combo? 2. What is a really good one to get that runs with ease and has quick access? I am really new to this whole PDA thing and really have no idea what to even ask the sales person when i go to purchase it. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!! Thanks in advance!!!
    If you are on a GSM network an ideal choice would be the new Palm Centro or the Treo 680.Both devices are running on Palm OS. There are thousands of Applications that are available for the Palm OS. Most of the reference that you will be using can be purchased from Skyscape. Palm OS devices are easy to use and easy to maintain. You don't need all the complicated task like most windows mobile devices can provide. It is much better to have Smartphone rather than going on a standalone PDA device like the Tx. The Palm Tungsten Tx is a good device as it has a built-in wifi and a huge screen, but data entry is tedious because you need to use the onscreen keyboard or the graffiti hand writing recognition software.

    If you are on Sprint or Verizon you can get the Treo 755p, it has 3G and it is the top of the line Palm OS smartphone. Remember that GSM Palm OS devices does not support 3G and you only limited on the EDGE network, which has slower download speeds compare to the EVDO of the CDMA networks.

    If you want Windows Mobile you can get the Treo 750 (GSM) or the 700wx (CDMA), both devices is running on Windows Mobile and like Palm OS there are thousands of application that you can use in your clinicals. References from skyscape is also available for Windows Mobile and you will not going to encounter any problems of getting the software that you will be needed in your studies. There are lots of other devices out there like black berry, HTC TyTnII and many more Windows Mobile devices, but Palm has a better way of cuztomizing the way their phone works, so users can get the most out of their devices.

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