What's up with PDA's

  1. All kinds of people are getting some sort of illness in my class and buying PDA's like they can't live without them. What's the deal? The cost is something like

    $300 for the PDA

    + another $200 for the software.

    I have yet to see a nurse on the floor use one. Am I nuts or shouldn't the 'ol cranium computer work just as well? or books if you really get in a bind.

    P.S. I can imagine what it would feel like to lose one. UGH!

    Any thoughts?
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  3. by   PJMommy
    I thought they were the cheesiest thing ever about 9 months ago since I'm a write it down or remember it kind of person... But now I'm asking for one for Christmas. The thing is you can't memorize every side effect for every drug so if you load the drug book, it's right at your fingertips. Same goes for lab values (esp more obscure labs) and a medical dictionary. They are little and slip right into your pocket so no need to go digging for a book somewhere.
  4. by   Reesa23
    I have a palm Zire 71 (built in MP3 player and digital camera is sweet for the $300 price tag). It's true once you have one you can't live with out one! I have a portable keyboard for mine and have a program called documents to go (a word document program) that lets me type up all my class notes. Oh, you have a palm too? You missed class yesterday? I'll beam you the notes I have saved in my palm right now, you can print them out at home for yourself. See the convience?
  5. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Don't have the money for stuff like that. However a paper spiral bound notebook is $1.50, now that i can afford, and a tape record i paid 40 bucks for.
  6. by   Altra
    I plan to get one for Christmas. As PJMommy mentioned, being able to have the entire contents of a drug ref. or lab values at your fingertips could be invaluable. And they're being used more and more, particularly at facilities with electronic charting. I believe the day will come when (thankfully!) wasting valuable time deciphering someone's handwriting will be considered unacceptable. IMHO.
  7. by   ava'smomRN
    I didnt understand the use for them at first, unitl i got one a sony clie i can do the basics with it but i got bored and wanted more. i just ordered a toshiba e740 pocket pc it is the coolest!!!! i can access the interne in addition to he typing of notes and other cool hings. i find pdas and pocke pc's more convineint than a desktop and a laptop becuase hey, you cant take a desktop everywere and a laptop can be a pain to carry, bu the handhelds they do alot and they are so small. you'll come around!
  8. by   nurse2be in ny
    I swore I'd never be caught dead with one of those things, but after reading the posts here, I can see where they'd be really useful. Hmmm...
  9. by   Lorus
    A friend of mine had a brand new PDA in her lab coat pocket. She was getting ready to go to the bathroom and it fell into the toilet.. haa.. Its a good thing she hadnt gone yet. Even better that it happened at home. PDA was fine, nothing a hair dryer couldnt fix. -Lorus
  10. by   LilRedRN1973
    I just bought myself a Palm m130 for $130.00 on Ebay...it came brand new. I LOVE this thing!!!! I also downloaded a drug program for FREE...yes, FREE...turns out it's the same program my Pharmacology instructor uses. She is a NP and says that she never goes a day without hers, as do all the other physicians and nurses at the hospital. It's called Epocrates and it's great. Also, for anyone who needs help with assessment, I downloaded a program called RNAssess and it's really great too. I did have to pay for that one (about $30). I have downloaded a workout program onto it (I do a program called Body for Life and I found a great program to keep track of all my workouts on my PDA) as well as something called Due Yesterday for all my school work. I adore my PDA and use it almost everyday. You can find them pretty darn reasonable on Ebay and if you search, you can find a lot of inexpensive, helpful software.
  11. by   maire
    This is pretty much a no-brainer but make sure if you do buy a PDA you get one with the Palm or Pocket PC OS. There are some out there with a Linux-based OS and you can't get diddly for medical software for them.
  12. by   EyesForward
    Can you use the PDA's with Palm software with Microsoft software like Word and Outlook? I need to be able to type up notes, then move portions of them to a handheld,and download emails to the pda to read offline, and I use a lot of Microsoft software on my pc. Also, I want to search through files by keywords. Which handhelds have the easiest input method for longer docs then a few words? How does a handheld get to the internet? I like the ebay idea! Which ones have a built in phone and digital camera? Wouldn't that be amazingly cool to have ONE thing hanging off your belt instead of four? Ideas, please!
  13. by   EmeraldNYL
    We were required to buy PDA's for my nursing program. I have a Dell Axim. I really do like it because it is much more convienent than carrying tons of books around for reference.
  14. by   Altra
    Hi EyesForward,

    The Palm & Pocket PCs are NOT interchangeable - if you want to run Windows/Microsoft apps like Word on them, then you need to go with the Pocket PC. Some people say the Palm is an "easier" interface, but if you're used to Windows apps then the Pocket PC is no sweat. Well, maybe I shouldn't say no sweat - there's always a learning curve with these "toys" ... lol. But it shouldn't be a problem.