Notebook computers???

  1. I'm just wondering if you recommend getting a notebook computer for classes? Or is it is safe to stick with the trusty old paper and pen?

    Hubby and I just want to be prepared for that possible extra cost!

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  3. by   maeyken
    I think that really depends on how much you think you'd regularly use a computer. I know for myself a computer in lecture would be pointless cuz I suck at typing! Also, I find that drawing arrows and stuff all over the place is how I learn best, and therefore a computer would not work as well for me.

    Also, my program is not a "typical" nursing program. We're mostly in a non-lecture setting- we work mostly in tutorial groups of 7-10 students. With this sort of set-up, it's more interactive "problem-based, self-directed" learning. Also, for the few lectures that we had, (a&p, micro, pharm...) the powerpoint slides were posted on the web for us to look at later, or print off.

    So in conclusion, I really have no great advice for ya... maybe other people will have better advice!! I'd say, see if you can find other people who are already in the program, and see what they say. I know that's sometimes easier said than done!

    ~ maeyken

    PS: I looked at your "wedsite"- absolutely gorgeous! I loved the black and white pics. Congratulations!!
    PS#2: I'm from Ontario too... what school are you planning to go to? I'm at McMaster.
  4. by   meandragonbrett
    I can type faster(120wpm) than I can write but I write my notes now because I don't have my notebook yet. I will probably continue writing them out, then typing them when I get home.

  5. by   FutureNurse2005
    Thanks for the replies. I think I will ask at the open house next weekend. The instructors and current students should be able to offer some advice!

    Thanks again
  6. by   NICU_Nurse
    When I was in nursing school, I used a notebook computer to type lectures. I type over 100wpm and i was just easier for me this way. I had to get permission from the instructors beforehand to ensure that my typing wouldn't be too much of a distraction. Warning: EVERYONE wanted a copy of my notes when I was finished. :>) I ended up (being nice!) making one copy on disk, giving it to one person, and letting them be responsible for emailing it to whoever asked for it. It worked out nicely, because me typing faster than I write allowed me to really get down what they were saying. Didn't use it for all lectures, but those I did use it for- well, it REALLY came in handy.
  7. by   Dublin37
    Hey Kristi, I've thought the same thing about myself. I do type faster then I write, and I could get more from what they're saying. Although I have to say, I really like to use different colors while taking notes, for emphasis or areas, lots of arrows, stars etc. If I tried to do that with a desktop, it would probably really slow me down or get me confused. And in my classes we draw A LOT did you do that separately?
    Did all of the other students stop taking there own notes, and let you do all the hard work? I hope they paid you! I'd love to sit in class, and then get notes from someone else! Anyway, that is great that you shared. I may give it a try. Heather
  8. by   Angelica
    I personally did not want a laptop because I really didn't think I'd use it. I'm glad I didn't because it would have been something of a waste in my class. Plus they can still be kind of big to lug around. I have a PDA that I bought for Christmas, though, and I love it!! It's a Dell Axim. I have all kinds of nursing stuff on it (drug guide, lab guide, etc) and I can stick it in my labcoat pocket at clinical. I also have books on it and do a lot of other things with it as well.
  9. by   BellaTerra2002
    Angelica, can you tell me where you get all of these programs that you have on your Dell? I'm a little computer illiterate. Thanks.
  10. by   Angelica
    There are a lot of great PDA software sites. A couple that come to mind are: and A google search will get you a lot more, for sure.
  11. by   Dublin37
    I have a palm pilot too with a key board but it wouldn't hold more than a page of notes. I don't know exactly where I should be putting them (what compartment) it's a palm pilot m105. Do I need a different one?
    Now I don't know which way to go....... I know you can download lots of nursing stuff onto palmpilot, should I get a newer in color one? Heather
  12. by   BellaTerra2002
    Thanks, Angelica. I had no idea software like this and which could be dlownloaded into a handheld even existed. The sites you gave were great. Thanks again.
  13. by   Angelica
    I'm really new to PDA's. Mine is a pocket pc; I don't know anything about palms so I can't help you there. There are some interesting palm threads on this bb you might consider doing a search on.
    My PDA is in color and it's gorgeous! A lot of people are very content without color, though, so it's a personal decision.

    BellaTerra2002- I'm also amazed by all the available software, not to mention all the books that can be downloaded. I'm glad my PDA has both an SD and CF slot, so there's plenty of room!
  14. by   LaurieCRNP2002
    If you want to type your notes into your PDA, you need to find out how much memory your Palm has. I have a Handspring Visor and it has a slot for a memory card, so I can increase the memory capacity of mine. As far as where you should put your notes, consider buying Documents to Go. That way you can type your notes into a Word document then hotsync it with your computer, so you'll have a backup.

    Feel free to contact me if you have any other questions

    Not so newly minted MSN