Ways to Use your PDA/Smartphone - updated 2010

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    hi everyone! wanted to update these stickies at the top of the forum to better reflect current info. okay....what do you guys use your pda/smartphone for? work, school, fun?

    i'll go first.

    i have an iphone.

    i'm an apn, so i use several drug programs for prescribing including the ever-present epocrates, renal dosing, ped-stat, pedi-dose.

    and...i use the calendar for everything!

    i use different ring tones for my docs in my practice versus other mid-levels, i use a bluetooth device in the car, because in il, you can't use your cell phone in a school zone or construction zone and you can't text at all while driving.

    that's what i can come up with quickly.

    now, tell us what device you have and what you do with it!
    Last edit by traumaRUs on Feb 20, '10
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    I'm an RN/CCRN in an adult ICU at a small community hospital. I've got an iPhone 32G 3GS..LOVE IT!!
    Of course I have epocrates on it. Recently downloaded Kathy White's Fast Facts for Adult Critical Care!
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    iphone also.. I use multiple programs..
    My calculator for end of shift totals or if I am doing CRRT it comes in handy to have right on hand.. Plus on a peaceful night I can sneak in a game of Sudoku
    I also have Kathy Whites Fast Facts for Adult Critical Care and Trama Critical Care..
    The Nursing Central Bundle.. Perfect in everyway..
    EMRA Antibiotic guide.. not a bad program..
    A few other's that I got for free..
    Now for fun this phone is my life.. Banking, managing money, paying bills, searching and ordering things online, keeping track of appointments, blah blah blah.. What can this phone not do is my question?
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    My now three year old palm Z22 cost $99 and nowadays, is worth $300-$500 because they don't make them anymore. It's still going strong, it's my calendar/scheduler, calculator, and epocrates is on it. So it's definitely a work baby, and with no camera or phone thing going on, I hopefully am not going to see negative repercussions for its use. (I work in a facility where anything that is not work is abused by those who are supposed to be working, thus all the cool stuff is discouraged.)

    I'm holding my breath and hoping nobody in charge realizes that the kindle is a little bitty computer, because I love having my choice of books to read during that one hour a week when patients sleep and coworkers shut up and stop doing the cowbell app on their iphones.
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    i have an iphone -- upgraded from a palm treo recently when my house was burglarized and everything of any value that could be carried away was. so far, the calendar function is indispensible. i have all my contacts information on there, pictures of my husband, my dog and my last vacation, all of my various passwords and pin numbers, login information for all of my favorite websites, shopping list, list of books read, solitaire games to keep me busy while waiting for the drawbridges, banking, to do list, calculators and email. i use it as an alarm clock, a countdown timer (because i always forget to unclog the ng tube), and sometimes i even use it for a phone.
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    I've wondered about this... I'm getting ready to start Nursing School this fall. Can I just use my iPhone and download the apps or programs such as epocrates, etc? I ask because I've heard some units don't allow phones. Would I do better to also get an iTouch or other handheld [palm, ipax] w/o phone & picture capabilities as a CYA type thing? I hate to waste the money on yet another device if I don't need to. boggles the mind

    Thanks,
    Katie
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    Quote from kidsnstudyn
    I've wondered about this... I'm getting ready to start Nursing School this fall. Can I just use my iPhone and download the apps or programs such as epocrates, etc? I ask because I've heard some units don't allow phones. Would I do better to also get an iTouch or other handheld [palm, ipax] w/o phone & picture capabilities as a CYA type thing? I hate to waste the money on yet another device if I don't need to. boggles the mind

    Thanks,
    Katie
    A lot is going to depend on what your school of nursing will allow, some will not allow the use of phones and some do.
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    I start this fall and I really want an iTouch, but I have no idea how many gigs Im going to need. Of course Im going to have music on it (maybe about 300-400 songs, maybe less), I doubt I'll put pics/videos on it. I really just need it for all the nursing apps, productivity, and organization apps.

    So with this info, do you suggest I get 8 or 32 gigs?
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    i just got a iphone and got a 16g. i have about 8 gig filled up...... but i put a lot of pic's and music on it (which takes up the most space).. the apps really don't take up a lot of space.............. but..... it is hard not to put your pics and music on it.......... so 16g was enough.. i decided to go with phone instead of itouch, u need wifi to get online iwth the itouch, and don't wiht phone and i didnt' want to carry around 2 devices....... hope this helps.... anymore suggestions for app's??
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    Yea, I ended up getting 32g on the iTouch. The new 3rd generation iTouch only has 8g, 32g, or 64g. There's no in between now.

    It would have been nice to just get the iPhone if they had service with another provider besides AT&T. Im not a fan of their service coverage at all. Compared to Sprint and Verizon, they just dont offer service good enough for me. Id become very frustrated very quickly.


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