What is a PDA? - page 2
i have read some info on pda's and i do not know what i can use a pda for:imbar . i am starting nursing school soon and want to know how much it will help me before i spend $500 on it. if anybody... Read More
Nov 22, '05No one I know now, or who I went to school with, used a PDA for classes or for their nursing shift. I can't see the reason to get one.
Nov 22, '05There is actually free software you can download off the net. The name is Epocrates. It's a nice little program including drugbook and a lot of hand little tools.
Nov 23, '05You can download an entire PDR onto the Personal Data Assistant. Saves a lot of hassels. Look into nursing downloads for it. Palm systems seem to work better then the Windows system. You can get one for about 200-$300.
Nov 23, '05I went to school in the late 70's. I graduated in 1980. I wrote out a med card for each new medication I had to give the next day. When I graduated I had about 250 med cards that I had written for every med I gave during my clinical classes. The day I moved out of the dorm I threw out all my med cards. Some freshman probably dug them out of the trash and used them for herself. :stone
Dec 1, '05I have wanted to read more on PDA's and there uses. I appreciate the excellent feedback. I'm taking notes to review later. :Holly1: The hand held system seems like a really good buy. :1luvu:
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Dec 1, '05I have had my PDA for over 3 years and I absolutely Love it. I down load my drug book from Epocrates and update it every week. The information is more reliable than a 2006 drug book d/t how quickly new drugs are made.
Dec 5, '05Quote from notebook1985i have read some info on pda's and i do not know what i can use a pda for:imbar . i am starting nursing school soon and want to know how much it will help me before i spend $500 on it. if anybody has any basic info to help me get started, please let me know.
other things besides the nsg/med programs are the datebook/calendar and task list to keep track of projects and due dates; there is also a word and adobe pdf, plus other microsoft desktop programs which can be used to carry lectures, research articles, or term papers you need to read or finish up while at work, lecture, while waiting on any line.
i use the memo functions to keep notes for some of the inservices at work, and keep track of important telephone extensions (blood bank, etc), team pager #s, etc.
ereader.com has lots of books that can be downloaded to the pda. just in case you need a break from schoolwork and want to catch up on your favorite author.
good luck with whatever you choose.
Dec 5, '05Quote from redwinggirlieBorrow somebody's PDA and play with it a few minutes.No one I know now, or who I went to school with, used a PDA for classes or for their nursing shift. I can't see the reason to get one.
Weigh and measure the books you use for clinical resources, then weigh and measure the PDA. Which is lighter, smaller, easier to carry in one hand?
How many books can you carry in your scrub pocket? How many books can you carry inside the PDA in your scrub pocket?
Which one can you put into either an aluminum protective case, or a snazzy leather case?
Just because "that's the way we've always done it," doesn't mean that that's the way we should continue to do it.
Try new things at least twice. The first, to get over the newness, the second, to determine if you really like it or not.