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I am a nursing student and I am interested in buying a PDA specifically to use for meds ie Tungston palm pilot. Does anyone have one? Which one do you have (please be specific), what do you like/dislike about it, what software do you use with it, would you recommend buying one why/why not?

Any input would be greatly appreciated

Thanks Susan

kurlykay

Specializes in Tele, ICU, CCU, teaching.

I do have a PDA that I use specifically for the drug book. I have a Dell pocket PC and use the Davis' Drug Guide for Nurses software. I find it really helpful. I always have it in my pocket and don't have to run around to find a drug book when I need to look something up quickly. Being a new grad nurse I don't yet know all the drugs so this makes it simple. I researched PDAs alot before I bought this one so let me know if you have futher questions. Hope this helps.

Karen

I have an iPAQ 1910. My boyfriend bought it for me for christmas last year and absolutely love it!

I have Lippincotts Drug Guide for Nurses...It has everything I've ever needed.

I love having my pda in my scrub pants at clinical...makes everything much easier.

My suggestion if you're going to use it on the floor is get a metal case...when my hands are moving a mile a minute I don't have to worry about accidental drops! :)

I also have a Palm, but they dont make it anymore since they merged. But i love it! I have a nursing drug book, a intervenous drug book, a BMI calculator, drip rate calculator and a couple of other things. Since I am also a new nurse and dont know a lot of meds it comes in very handy. I also have my datebook on it so its much easier for schedualing and things of that nature.

Good luck!

Pearl

NewEnglandRN, RN

Specializes in Med-Surg, Psych. Has 4 years experience.

I have a Tungten E (only $149.) I purchase a memory card and downloaded Davis' Drug Guide. I love it so much! I used www.skyscape.com and cannot wait to order something else. I think I head over there now and order myself an early Christmas present!

The program I am enrolled in made the PDA part of our tuition. iPAQ Pocket PC. We were also required to download the folowing from Skyscape.com and I highly recommend them. NOTE: Unless you're in a big hurry, request the CDs instead of downloading - never know when you can't get to the internet and you need to reload.

Tabers Dictionary, Davis's Drug Guide, Nursing Procedures, Practical Guide to Health Assess., Disease and Disorders, Nurse's Manual of Lab and Diagnosis Tests-4/e - all very good so far and about $200 total.

Also highly recommend downloading for free Archimedes Math Calculator.

Just downloaded Nursing Diagnosis Handbook by Ackley and Ladwig for $42. This is already helping big time with my Nursing Care Maps. NANDA approved.

All of these books fit on the removable card to keep the pocketPC freed up.

i bought the cheapest clie at that time, $70. its colored, has enough memory and is just the right size to fit in my pocket. i like the nursing drug handbook 2005, nursing procedures, rndiseases and tabers. i love epocrates too.

tiroka03, LPN

Specializes in LPN. Has 18 years experience.

I am thinking of buying one of those for school as well

RedSox33RN

Specializes in Emergency Dept, M/S.

I'm a student, and use my Tungsten T3 ALLLLLL the time. In fact, all of my clinical group and instructor borrow it also on clinical days.

I have Davis Drug Guide, Taber's and a generic Nursing Dx manual. I tried to find the manual our school uses (by Ackly and Ladwig), but couldn't find it anywhere.

It is so handy on clinical days. So helpful for looking up those new meds quickly while in the med room, and if you're like me, the pt. you're assigned the day before will be dc'd by the time clinical starts, so you have to start alllllll over with new pt and dx's. I can't tell you how useful my PDA is on those days especially.

I also have the Dell Pocket PC and use the Davis Drug Guide for Nurses. Same basic setup as the book we all used in nursing school.

Such a time saver! Good for you that you want to get one! verrrry smart!

I am a nursing student and I am interested in buying a PDA specifically to use for meds ie Tungston palm pilot. Does anyone have one? Which one do you have (please be specific), what do you like/dislike about it, what software do you use with it, would you recommend buying one why/why not?

Any input would be greatly appreciated

Thanks Susan

I have Tungsten E from palm. I have a 128MB expansion card too. On the expansion card I have a drug "book", a book about diagnostic tests, and a book of nursing interventions and plans. I purchased all of the books from skyscape. I chose the option to do a trial download before purchasing each. I liked the features.

I liked the drug book (I'll list it below) because it is geared toward nurses and has subsections for each drug on patient teaching, nursing considerations, and effects on lab results...as well as all the other things you'd expect in a drug book.

I like my test/diagnostic program becasue it explains what is required before, during and after every procedure, as well as why it might be ordered and what results may indicate. I have referred to it many times in answering questions for patients about what to expect during a procedure.

The nursing interventions is the hardest to use, but I don't like the nursing intervention that much. I have used it though to help decide what subjective and objective things might apply to my particular patient...and what I might expect to see.

The programs are listed as follows:

NDH05 by LWW (drug book)

RnDxTests by FAD (test/diagnostics book)

RnDx_Int by FAD (nursing interventions)

the three programs link between each other, though I probably haven't used that feature to my full advantage.

I love my extra tungsten brain though!

good luck

Any other software suggestions?

I'm awaiting the arrival of my PDA and am curious...

Anyone know about epocrates?(.com??)

SJ

TLC RN

Specializes in CVICU. Has 1 years experience.

How long do you get to download updates to the programs you order?

Also what kind of case do you use?

Any other software suggestions?

I'm awaiting the arrival of my PDA and am curious...

Anyone know about epocrates?(.com??)

SJ

the first drug program i downloaded was epocrates. the free part is a very basic drug book. when you first download it, they provide you with advanced features that will magically disappear in 30-60 days or so. then to get the extra features, you pay

as a nursing student, i found the pt teaching, nursing considerations, IV considerations, etc. very helpful in the NDH drug program. but, the hard copy drug book i am most likely to grab is the NDH too. being able to access by brand names and chemical names is quick!

NurseWeasel

Specializes in Float Pool, ICU/CCU, Med/Surg, Onc, Tele. Has 2 years experience.

I use Pepid RN and HIGHLY recommend it. It has EVERYTHING you could ever want, all in one neat package. Drugs, assessment, lab values, it even cross references up to 40 drugs at a time to check for potential interactions! It has calculators, info about diseases, jeez more stuff than you could ever possibly want just about. It rocks. The only drawback is that you have to pay for it, but it's SO WORTH IT. I've used it for almost 2 years now (in school, and now starting work) and love it to death.

I'm not gonna tell you which PDA I have because I am a total gizmophile and paid way too much money for it, and it's the latest greatest all-that, which is probably more than you want / need / can afford as a student. ;)

Weasel,

Did you order the subscription of Pepid. What is that anyway?

Fizz

Now you know that this makes us all the more curious!!!:chuckle :chuckle :chuckle

Kris

I'm not gonna tell you which PDA I have because I am a total gizmophile and paid way too much money for it, and it's the latest greatest all-that, which is probably more than you want / need / can afford as a student. ;)

NurseWeasel

Specializes in Float Pool, ICU/CCU, Med/Surg, Onc, Tele. Has 2 years experience.

I have the Treo650. Yes, I bought the subscription to Pepid... which is essentially buying the product with all it's updates and tech support. It works out to about $5 a month if you buy the 2 year plan, which I did. I know it seems expensive, but believe me... it's SO AWESOME. Puts epocrates and all the others to shame. I should get an endorsement credit from them or something, for all the positive press I give them... but I swear, I don't!

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