[font="comic sans ms"]i just thought i'd put my two cents in. i had a pda for about a year that i never even touched... but now that i started my practicum and clinicals for an acnp program, i decided to brush the dust off of it and see if it'd help.
now? it is the #1 thing i always have with me, even when i'm working in the er.
and i am going to step out on a limb here... everyone swears by epocrates...
i had it, and did not find it near as user-friendly, up to date, and inclusive as pepid (http://www.pepid.com)
. i think it is $200/year... yes, pricey but i tell you what, it is well worth it!!! it has everything in it. the version that i have, since i'm in school and will be doing inpatient rounds, is the crc suite (they offer probably 8 more including nursing versions). it is the only program i use to access stuff now. i used it yesterday at work to look up the dopamine flow rate for a patient. it has drip rates, pediatric dosing, disease processes, diagnostics, differentials, od mgmt, and everything within a single click. all of the information is integrated, i.e. disease processes, treatments, differentials, testing, etc. so you can access all of the information needed no matter which area you are in. (does that make sense? *lol*)
so far, there is nothing i havent been able to find in pepid. and i have paid/tried subscriptions to epocrates, the 5 minute clinical consult, and tarascon. pepid has everything i need in one place. and i love that! before, i was going to 5 min cc to look up treatment options for something, then going into tarascon to get more information about the drug, and then going to epocrates for something else.
as for my pda itself, i have a palm t5... not the most current version of palm products (and i'm not even sure you can still buy this one), but it works. fine. and you can get a 2 gb sd card at wal-mart for like $65. i do not find that my t5 is slow or difficult to manipulate at all.
best of luck!!