When traveling, do you take your computer or use a laptop?

  1. I am considering travel nursing...and getting my ducks all in a row before I accept an assignment...I can't seem to function w/o my computer. I am hoping to use my daughter's laptop, but was curious to hear if anyone takes their pc with them and how that works with the internet. Do you need to sign up with a company?

    Thanks,
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  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   Mimi2RN
    I don't do travel nursing, but when I am away from home, I take my iBook. We use Earthlink phone numbers, for the internet. This works for us in most places. We make a phone call to earthlink, giving the local phone numbers, and receive a number to dial up the computer.
  4. by   bewbew
    My family would disown me if I had a portable PC!!!
  5. by   Mimi2RN
    My husband gave me the iBook a year ago. Told me it was my Christmas and birthdays presents for the next five years. (He lied!)
  6. by   renerian
    You betcha when I traveled my trusty companion laptop was right by my side.

    renerian
  7. by   caroladybelle
    The only computer that I have is my IBM Thinkpad.
  8. by   nightingale
    It depends on where I am staying. I have my Winbook... but I Hate paying per call charges at a hotel etc. I check first to see if the facility allows or has a line on the internet so I can check my email and do minimal computer checking.

    It is another bag to carry if you take your laptop. The last time it just seemed so unnecessary.
  9. by   wolfie
    I don't travel anywhere without my laptop. Even if you can access the internet @hospital's most hospital's are not happy when you do. They feel you are suppose to be working which is true. I've never had very much trouble getting online. Only once years ago in Kentucky my ISP didn't have a local # had to use the 800#. I also use it to store agency paperwork and I take digital pictures and download them. Take care.
  10. by   fawnsternurse
    Hello,
    I have my laptop with Aol access. Many hotels charge no fee for local dialing. So essentially it is free for me minus of course the monthly charge for AOL.
    Have fun!
  11. by   LadyNASDAQ
    Debbie:

    You have to compact your life when you ar on the road. You only would want your laptop and a printer. A must!
  12. by   KLM
    Get a Dell Laptop, Earthlink for an isp, or if needed opt for a satellite conection if you are in the sticks, or an Inmarsat Global Area Network (M4). And don't forget to get 512 ram for XP..good luck..

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