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I have homework… January 20, 2010

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.. and my nursing classes don’t even start till Monday.

I now have all the textbooks I ordered from Amazon… All I need is a Saunders Comprehensive Review for the NCLEX-RN. Apparently it’s the book for our NCLEX review class. It wasn’t listed at the bookstore, but it’s on the syllabus. The same syllabus that was posted just today. Go fig. But that’s ok. I don’t have syllabi for my other nursing classes. I’ll take a look at what they have at the bookstore tomorrow. (I may just order from Amazon again.)

Anyway, I have some work to get done. I want to get ahead… because I have a feeling if I DON’T stay above water, I’m going to D-R-O-W-N this semester.

Yikes.

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PDA software January 13, 2010

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I’ve had my PDA since the start of nursing school… uh, because they told us we’d need it. Not so much though. It’s been collecting dust in its box for the past year. But now that I’m starting my preceptorship, I will no longer have the luxury of looking up my patient the night before for patho, labs, and meds. I thought it would be nice to have something at my fingertips.

I looked up PEPID online. That’s the software they required us to have for a year. Little did I know that after the sub was up, all that info would be gone. Sayonara. Hasta la bye-bye. Grrr…

I did not renew due to the steep price and my empty pockets. Needless to say I still do not feel like forking over another hundred or so, especially for a program that is going to be oh-so temporary.

Amazon.com has some PDA software, mostly drug books or lab/diagnostics. The price is decent. The info will not disappear on me in 12 months’ time… however, I will only get what I pay for. That is, it’ll be a digital drug book or a diagnostics book for PDA.

The beauty of PEPID is the “comprehensive clinical information” it provides. But oh the cost! Would it be worth it? I was salivating a bit over PEPID’s Critical Care Nursing Suite. Then again…

$89.95 for 6 months. $149.95 for 12 months. Yikes!

Do you use a PDA? What software do you use and do you find it useful?

Books January 8, 2010

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After tuition, rent, and food, books are the next biggest money eater. My first semester of nursing school I think I paid over $1000 for books alone! That includes books for: Fundamentals, Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, Physical Examination, Clinical Skills, Gerontology, Neuman’s, Nursing Diagnoses, Manual for Diagnostics & Labs, Med Reference, Nursing Dictionary, plus ATI package. (Phew! Did I miss anything?) I want to say I spent about $2000 total, including PDA, PDA software, uniforms, shoes, and supplies… Luckily, the so-called starter package was meant to be used throughout the program with only a couple more textbooks each subsequent semester.

You may or may not have to buy 3 boxes of books like I did. (Yes, there literally were 3 boxes!) Go to your bookstore before classes start to beat the rush! Here are a few other tips:

Tip #1
Buy used. If available. (That’s a big DUH!) However, I’ve found that nursing books are hardly ever available used, since nursing students do tend to use their books through the program. Which leads me to…

Tip #2
Don’t sell your book back unless you’re absolutely, positively sure you won’t need it again. I know people who sold their books back only to be sorry later… If anything, ask an instructor or another student who’s further along in the program. (But I still think your best bet is to keep the books!)

Tip #3
This one goes back to tip #1. Check out online prices. Personally, I prefer Amazon.com. Remember, online textbook shopping is not without its drawbacks. In addition to checking out the seller’s rating, I always check out how far they live from me and how fast the shipping is going to be. No way I want to be without my book on the first day. (Believe me, you will need your books the first day.)

Anyway, I have my book list… thanks to my university bookstore’s online service! I have the ISBNs and I am off to Amazon.com to compare the prices. Then on Monday I’m going on campus to see what they have available used!

Any tips you want to add?