Any nurses or students with Palm Computers?

  1. I was just wondering if any of you use Palm Pilots, Handspring Visors, or the like.

    I have a Visor, which I use for much of my class work, grades, schedules, but I also have an ABG decoder, diddlebug (a post-it note type of program) which I use to jot down notes to myself, patient notes, vitals, and labs i need to check.

    Does anyone else use your PDAs in the clinical/practice setting?

  2. Poll: PDAs in Clinical/Practice Setting

    • Yes, I have one, and use it in practice

      47.65% 81
    • Yes, I have one, but do not use it for Practice

      13.53% 23
    • No, I do not own one, but would like to use one in Practice

      35.88% 61
    • No, I do not own one, nor would I use it in practice

      2.94% 5
    170 Votes
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    Community Health Nurse


  4. by   moonshadeau
    i have a PalmVIIx. It basically has sat in a drawer for the last two months. I may use it now that I am going back to school. I don't use it in clinical settings even though I do have Epocrates RX, QId, and the ABG decoder. I found that with my stethescope, my phone, and all the other junk that I carry around that I just didn't need it.
  5. by   BrandyBSN
    I use Tarscon's E-pharmacopea, I wanted Epocrates, but i havent got to room

    Also, for other people who are posting on the polls, what programs do you find more helpful?

  6. by   CEN35
    but would like too one day........we'll see

  7. by   KC CHICK
    Unfortunately, we are not allowed to have them in the OR.
  8. by   BrandyBSN
    Cant have them in the OR? hmmm, does it have to do with the Infrared beam? I dont think it puts off any type to cellular waves. What is their reasoning?

  9. by   KC CHICK
    Not sure...probly the same reasoning behind not allowing any magazines of any kind either. Could also be an infection control measure as well...don't want emps to take any nasty bugs home...or something like that.
    I'll check into it next week and let you know.
  10. by   bassbird
    I have a handera TRGpro. I love it. I have Epocrates, Taber's, peds norms, etc on mine. The nice thing about the TRG is that it uses compact flash memory cards. That way I can keep the big files (like the Taber's database) on the card and free up the memory on the palm.

    I'm curious as to what student organizer software you are using Brandy.

    For clinicals I stick mine in side pocket of my pants. It fits quite nicely and is great for looking up meds on the spot.

  11. by   BrandyBSN
    I use I program called 4.0 (Four.Zero) and I the activation key too Its a great program, and figures your GPA all the while. I use it to keep track of homework.

    For my schedule, I use Datebook+, its pre-loaded, and compatible with OUtlook 2000, which is my email program.

    Hope that helps!

    I should get a memory Flash card for mine... I could put a lot more on it.

  12. by   eventsnyc
    I don't have one yet. I would need one in Spring when I start clincals. Please teach me which one to buy! Thank you. Best wishes, Christina.
  13. by   RNforLongTime
    Well, you know what? If I bought a palm pilot or whatever, I would probably not use it. I think about it but then I decide against it as it would probably sit in a drawer and collect dust.

    Now, if they had a program that would allow me to keep pt info--like diet, vs, iv's you know, info that is listed on Kardexes and medical care Plans that I copy down and put on my "brains" sheet on my clip board then maybe I would consider it.

    Let me know if there are any such things.


  14. by   mattcastens
    I have a Handspring Visor and absolutely love it!! It uses the Palm OS, so there's lots of software available.

    Two programs I'd recommend: 1) ePocrates. It's a godsend when it comes to meds. I only wish it had an IV compatability feature. Also available is ePocrates QID, which is a very handy infectious disease database.

    2) Patient Keeper. I work in ICU, so it works great for me (I don't think it would be very practical on a floor). I use it to take report, keep track of labs and procedures, vitals. Every thing I'd write down on a piece of paper I have handy. Even better, when I have patients for subsequent shifts, I can recall past information.

    Now, if the hospitals bought them as equipment, nurses could hand them off from shift to shift. Tie them in with computerized charting and we're talking Star Trek stuff here!
  15. by   BrandyBSN

    Diddlebug is a post-it note like program, I use it to keep track of all my patients IV rates, meds due (the program allows alarms to be set), vitals so that I can finish an entire hall, then go chart them, etc. Its an great time saver for me. I have thought about getting patient tracker, but on a student budget, its not workable Although i have heard many good things about it.

    Personally, for those of you who are wanting a good model to buy, Handspring visors are the most expandable. Memory, digital cameras, MP3 players, cell phones, they all can be plugged right in. Palm Pilots are ok, but not as expandable. PM me if you want their website. Also, check on ebay, they have a lot of PDAs on there for very reasonable prices.