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Nursing Central by Unbound Medicine

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by NursePru NursePru (Member)

NursePru specializes in Medical/Surgical.

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Anyone use this or used it before? I start school in the fall and I'm thinking about buying it for my Palm. It's a bundle for $149.99. Comes with Davis's Drug Guide, Davis's Lab and Diagnostics, Tabers Medical Dictionary, and a Disease and Disorder program. If anyone knows about it, post your feedback.

I was also wondering if I would still need to purchase these as a book if I have them on my PDA. The content should be identical right? I figure new versions of the book come out all the time and they are about $50 each...so why not just put it on my PDA and get free updates when they are available.

Thanks!

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NursePru specializes in Medical/Surgical.

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I did, and I actually went ahead and purchased it after reading reviews on other sites. There is also an older post about it in this thread (I found it after posting this one). I haven't started clinicals yet, but I can already tell that it is going to be extremely useful. I know it's similar to Nursing Constellation, but it does come with Taber's med. dictionary. I feel like this will always be a good resource since it seems like you are always learning a new word or abbreviation :) You also get access to the online database. I know the first year for Nursing Central online is free...I'm not sure what it is after that and I don't know if you have to pay for updates (especially for the drug guide), but I'm sure it's not much.

It's sounds like those that use it really like it. I didn't read anything negative about it.

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hoppermom3 has 5 years experience and specializes in OB, House Sup, ER, Med Surg.

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I am currently using Nursing Central, but plan to go back to PEPIDRN when it runs out. PEPID was easier for me to use.

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Indy has 5 years experience as a LPN, LVN and specializes in ICU, telemetry, LTAC.

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One of the features I've decided I can't live without, in a PDA drug book thing, is the IV compatability feature. I wanna know, pretty darn quick, the IV/syringe compatability of anything... when I wanna know it, not after I find the big door chart and cause my eyeballs to seize looking for the info on that thing. Nor do I want to call pharmacy and hold for a while or talk to someone who doesn't know. Call me picky or whatever, but I need that info and don't like to wait on it.

So does nursing central do this well? Currently I'm using epocrates but I like to keep my options open, I may try other things out sometime...

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I have nursing central bundle. It's OK. I'm not wild about it. I'm thinking about getting Tarascon because that's what our docs use. I want to be on the same page as them.

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I have nursing central bundle. It's OK. I'm not wild about it. I'm thinking about getting Tarascon because that's what our docs use. I want to be on the same page as them.

You have to take into account where you are. As a student like myself I use and really like the Unbound Medicine bundle of PDA and online access. I like having the information given in an organized bite-sized manner.

Working nurses, especially ones that can count on working the same units, are probably smart to use the same resource that their Docs use whether it is Tarascon, Pepid, or Epocrates. I hope to one day find that the Nursing Central bundle is too shallow for me and I need info with more depth and breadth that it offers. But right now, just coming out of first semester, just knowing which end is up is a challenge.

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I used Nursing Central throughout nursing school and found it very helpful. I tried Pepid for 6mths and much preferred the set-up Nursing Central offers. Good Luck!

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I'm a little irritated that I just now found out about nursing central because I've already bought 3 of the books for school since they were required and could have just downloaded them to my pda *slaps forehead*!

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mysterious_one has 7 years experience as a ASN, RN and specializes in Med/Surg, Tele.

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sell your books on amazon or half price books

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do not sell your books- pda's are good tools, but if it crashes or you can't find your charger for a week you will be wishing you had the book

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do not sell your books- pda's are good tools, but if it crashes or you can't find your charger for a week you will be wishing you had the book

But the nice thing about "Unbound" is that it comes with online access, which is what I use when I'm doing homework. Since it's online, you can access it from any computer with internet access. The online version is even easier to use than the PDA version.

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