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HI! I am a 1st year family NP student. Clinical starts next semester and our instructor recommends us getting a PDA. I have a MacBook, what PDA would you recommend? What do you use your PDA for? On a scale of 0-10, how would you rate the usefulness of your PDA (0=not helpful, 10= very helpful)? Please share any tips you have in re: buying a PDA. THX!
How useful a PDA will be to you depends on you alone (duh).
Take a look at how you currently use tech items (like a cell phone, PC, DVD player, MP3 player, etc). If you find you don't like using those items and can't be bothered with learning their functions a PDA would likely be a waste of money. The learning curve on these puppies can be steep as they are not all that intuitive and there just aren't a lot of folks out there who 1) own one and 2) know how to use them well so most PDA users are on their own. Knowing it's mostly up to you
is a key item IMO. Even decent web sites are few and far between, unlike the PC world.
If you like using gadgets and will spend the time to get up to speed both on the hardware (the PDA itself) and the software (what you are going to load onto the PDA...and some of this isn't the clearest either)...if you will work at it like anything else it can pay HUGE dividends.
I am the only student in my class of 31 with a PDA but several students are going to hit up Santa for one soon and I was asked just today by two students for help, etc and I'll help 'em, sure.
In 15 years of Information Technology work for giant worldwide high tech corporations I never even considered one of these things though I knew friends who had 'em. I was always
around a PC with wide open internet access at home and the office, so why bother?
A friend talked me into getting one when I began nursing school and I am VERY glad I did. The amount of information I have at my fingertips the smartest medical minds in the world can't begin to touch. Of course knowing how to apply
that knowledge is another matter and I have miles to go in that vein but at least I have a huge start and advantage with my PDA loaded with lots of nursing and medical goodies.
Palm Tungsten T5
2 gig SD card
Pepid RN Student software
various Skyscape reference volumes