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Project Title: Using the PDA for Curriculum Enhancement

Award number: 0314
Project Leader: Dean Gross,
Report Period: mid-year

Project Description:

  • Personal digital assistants (PDA) are increasingly utilized as tools in healthcare settings. Simple to use and easy to update with additional software, the PDA is viewed as a solid technology. Although many health care providers/educators use PDAs primarily for administrative functions (e.g. as schedulers, address books), potential value is evident in the clinical/curricular arena as well. Numerous nurse practitioner graduate programs are struggling with finding the most efficient methodology in which to collect data about student/client encounters. Although nearly 7,500 PDA software programs are now available with over 700 related directly to healthcare clinicians and educators, none are specific to enhancement of the clinical/curricular needs for a graduate nursing program.

Progress toward Milestones:

  • 6/3/04 - Students complete orientation to handheld hardware and software. Completed on May 18th, 2004 with several updates throughout the summer of 2004
  • 8/8/04 - Student client encounter summer data collected and submitted for analysis, faculty consider changes to enhance curriculum for fall 2004. Data was collected using Typhon software for patient tracking. After careful consideration of data collection software I selected Typhon as the vendor. They offered everything I was seeking in patient tracking with a PDA for nurse practitioner students and beyond. When this proposal was submitted this type of software was non-existent and prompted my desire to propose the purchase of HanDbase software and hire a graduate student to write the programming to collect patient data on the web and via a PDA. Data collected up to this point with the Typhon software is far better than ever anticipated. Software technical support has been outstanding, including tech support for faculty and students. Analysis of data gathered during the summer session of 2004 is progressing with implications for curriculum to be implemented spring semester 2!
  • Students have found the PDA a highly valuable resource in clinical practice. The ability to review prescription drugs with the free ePocrates Essentials software has been highly touted as an essential aid in providing patient care in the clinical setting. Numerous students have added additional software to facilitate the diagnosis and treatment of problems encountered in clinical


  • Our nurse practitioner graduate program has found an efficient methodology in which to collect data about student/client encounters. Using PDAs and Typhon software is a reasonable approach.
    Student orientation of the PDA functions and applications have provided students the foundation required to use the PDA and collect appropriate data during their graduate nursing clinical rotations. Several students have been able to take pictures with their PDA of dermatological conditions for "show and tell" in class presentations. Selection of the Sony CLIÉT PEG-UX50 provided students with a valued piece of technology that can be utilized in the field. Having the ability to take the student/client encounter data collected at all the various clinical sites and located in one database appears to provide information that has not been readily accessible in the past. Faculty will be able to track student/client interactions throughout their curriculum.

Funding Summary:

NDSU fund number: 1534
Carryover: 0.00
Award: 9306.00
YTD expenses: 5772.00
Anticipated remaining expenses: 3534.00
Unspent amount: 0.00

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