Ipod touch?!? good idea or not so much?

  1. Hey Everyone,

    I'm sure this has been discussed before, but I was just curious if anyone uses an Ipod Touch or Iphone at school or on the job. I've heard that there are applications you can download that have drug guides and medical dictionaries. This sounds like it would be SO much easier than carrying around 2 books with me during clincals.

    Also- I see that you can get a microphone for it. Does anyone tape lectures?

    I know this will be pretty expensive? Do you guys feel that the cost is worth it for the convenience? Also, I can get a 32G Touch for about 260, but does anyone know how much these apps cost? and If I have to search for my app from Itunes or If i can get them somewhere else.

    Any advice or experiences--please share

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  3. by   Intern67
    No matter what you put on your Ipod touch, in clinical it will look to a lot of people like you are just playing with your phone.
  4. by   tokyoROSE
    I use these apps because I have an android phone, but I do not use them during clinicals. How does anyone know that I'm looking at a medical dictionary and not just playing with my phone? It looks unprofessional, IMO. I know each clinical placement is differnet, but mine uses computer charting. Within the charting system, there is a complete drug guide. For other inquiries, I just hit up google. The indepth apps that you are most likely looking for are hefty. I've seen them anywhere between $20-$150 but this is on the android market. May be different for Apple.
  5. by   yesitslaura
    Our school actually requires us to have this and buy the related software. (skyscape I believe) Thats not until my next semester so i dotn have it yet, but I thought I would mention it since it implies that it has proven useful at our school, at least.
  6. by   guiltysins
    Same with the person above. We are required to buy an iPod Touch or another kind of PDA for clinicals. We also have to buy the skyscape nursing constellations package which is about 155 bucks.

    Only use it at clinicals it IF your school requires you to have a PDA for clinicals. Because if they do they will tell the hospital ahead of time that their nursing students have these and it won't look so suspicious.
  7. by   afox
    Thanks for all your info/comments. My school doesn't require them, but during orientation today some of our Student Nurse Association members mentioned that they used them. I'll have to find out if its only allowed at certain clinical sites or if only certain instructors allow them. I definitely don't want to look like I'm playing around on my phone. We don't start passing meds until 2nd 8 weeks so I have a little bit of time before I would need it.
  8. by   Nurse Connie
    My school requires them as well, but we were lucky, they gave us Nursing Central for free. I LOVE it. And really, this is going to be the future of nursing, computers, pdas, etc. I've already seen it in clinicals.
  9. by   shortnorthstudent
    I haven't used mine for much yet. I do record my lectures. I bought a $1 microphone for it from ebay that works beautifully and I can listen to my lectures again. I understand that most of the nursing professors record their lectures with audio and video, so I'll be able to download those to my i-touch.

    I would recommend checking Apple's website and look at the refurbs. They come with the same warranty as a regular touch and they are sometimes as much as 25% less than retail. We've had very good luck buying refurbs directly from Apple.
  10. by   LuckyinKY
    My school also requires it. I feel bad that some of the incoming students were not aware of it since it is not stated clearly on the program webpage. The only reference to it is on the textbook list from the bookstore is a required iTouch code (nursing software).
  11. by   cmw6v8
    I happened to get mine for free when my mom purchased a new Apple laptop--she already had an iPhone so she gave the Touch to me I have downloaded as many free medical apps as I can, and am waiting to find out if I can actually use it during clinical to buy some of the better ones.

    I would first check to see if your program allows you to use them at your clinical sites. Some may not. As for it looking unprofessional, it probably depends on your clinical site. One of the hospitals in my area now gives their nurses a PDA with Skyscape on it, so I think it's becoming more commonplace.

    The teaching vet hospital even had their vet students using them when I took my dog in for surgery last month! I saw the vet student using it and I knew she was looking something up and not just playing on her phone.

    There is a difference in the way her posture and the way she held it was--very upright with a very "serious" look about her to indicate that she wasn't just texting (in which case you'd probably hold the phone down and be using your thumbs.) Little things like that can make a difference in how others perceive your actions....in case you are concerned about that.
  12. by   Silverdragon102
    Moved to the Mobile Computing and Nursing forum
  13. by   metal_m0nk
    If you're looking for an alternative, you can get a Kindle. Third generation Kindles start at $139 for Wi-Fi and $189 for Wi-Fi + 3G. Access to the 3G network on the Kindle is free. Amazon pays for it.

    The kindle store has lots of great electronic books for nursing/medical including a medical encyclopedia, drug book, A&P review, nutrition, nursing assessment and more. Just look up "mobi medical" at the Kindle store. Of all the books I just listed, the highest price is under $9.99, most are less. The second generation Kindles hold about 1,500 books and the third generation Kindles hold 3,000.

    I have a second generation Kindle loaded up with nursing/medical guides as well as fun books for destressing. You can also transfer pdf's and Word documents to your Kindle to store them and read them anywhere. My microbiology professor converted all of his lecture slides into pdf form and I loaded them right on the Kindle and studied while I was waiting at the doctor's office or lying in bed in the evening. I also transpose lecture notes that I write myself into Word documents (helps me review) and then transfer them to my Kindle for studying.

    My Kindle is about the size of a DVD case and I just found the prettiest leather cover for it and a spicy decal that is custom cut to fit the device, so it is completely personalized.

  14. by   polka-dot
    So many people use iPod/iPhone for reference materials I wouldn't automatically assume they were using it to text or goof around. I use my iPod in clinical all the time and have never thought twice about it...I have actually always been extremely glad I had it with me.

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