What is a PDA? - page 2

i have read some info on pda's and i do not know what i can use a pda for:imbar . i am starting nursing school soon and want to know how much it will help me before i spend $500 on it. if anybody... Read More

  1. by   wilsonmd71
    How about patent ductus arteriosus?
  2. by   redwinggirlie
    No one I know now, or who I went to school with, used a PDA for classes or for their nursing shift. I can't see the reason to get one.
  3. by   xxAmyxx
    There is actually free software you can download off the net. The name is Epocrates. It's a nice little program including drugbook and a lot of hand little tools.
  4. by   trjpw
    You can download an entire PDR onto the Personal Data Assistant. Saves a lot of hassels. Look into nursing downloads for it. Palm systems seem to work better then the Windows system. You can get one for about 200-$300.
  5. by   gr8rnpjt
    I went to school in the late 70's. I graduated in 1980. I wrote out a med card for each new medication I had to give the next day. When I graduated I had about 250 med cards that I had written for every med I gave during my clinical classes. The day I moved out of the dorm I threw out all my med cards. Some freshman probably dug them out of the trash and used them for herself. :stone
  6. by   angelsarch
    I have wanted to read more on PDA's and there uses. I appreciate the excellent feedback. I'm taking notes to review later. :Holly1: The hand held system seems like a really good buy. :1luvu:
    Thank you.
    :typing AngelsArch :spin:
  7. by   Loriilrn
    I have had my PDA for over 3 years and I absolutely Love it. I down load my drug book from Epocrates and update it every week. The information is more reliable than a 2006 drug book d/t how quickly new drugs are made.
  8. by   PamRNC
    Quote from notebook1985
    i have read some info on pda's and i do not know what i can use a pda for:imbar . i am starting nursing school soon and want to know how much it will help me before i spend $500 on it. if anybody has any basic info to help me get started, please let me know.
    thank you
    edina

    other things besides the nsg/med programs are the datebook/calendar and task list to keep track of projects and due dates; there is also a word and adobe pdf, plus other microsoft desktop programs which can be used to carry lectures, research articles, or term papers you need to read or finish up while at work, lecture, while waiting on any line.

    i use the memo functions to keep notes for some of the inservices at work, and keep track of important telephone extensions (blood bank, etc), team pager #s, etc.

    ereader.com has lots of books that can be downloaded to the pda. just in case you need a break from schoolwork and want to catch up on your favorite author.

    good luck with whatever you choose.
  9. by   PamRNC
    Quote from redwinggirlie
    No one I know now, or who I went to school with, used a PDA for classes or for their nursing shift. I can't see the reason to get one.
    Borrow somebody's PDA and play with it a few minutes.

    Weigh and measure the books you use for clinical resources, then weigh and measure the PDA. Which is lighter, smaller, easier to carry in one hand?

    How many books can you carry in your scrub pocket? How many books can you carry inside the PDA in your scrub pocket?

    Which one can you put into either an aluminum protective case, or a snazzy leather case?

    Just because "that's the way we've always done it," doesn't mean that that's the way we should continue to do it.

    Try new things at least twice. The first, to get over the newness, the second, to determine if you really like it or not.

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