I graduated from RN in 2007. I purchased a PDA for RN program. I used it every day. The 3 things that I used the Most was the Davis Drug book, Tabors, and Documents to go. the Devices are so much better than what we had available. I was the only one beside my instructor that used one. (I had purchased the nurses constellation from Skyscape, if you do that get it on you laptop as well. I was so happy that I did.)
Today, in my practice I use a Blackberry. I use Epocrates Drug hand book it is free, i also have Medscape this just became available.
I did take my Text books to class. during the LPN I had a tote in my car that I had everything in it. I would exchange books during break. By the time I was in RN I only had 2 classes a semester. I had a brief case for each class (one was clinical) Having the PAD lightened the load greatly. I speeded up the drug checking as well. you are so lucky to have so much available... Good Luck