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Infusing PDA Technology Into Nursing Education

White, Ann MSN, RN, CCNS, CEN; Allen, Patricia EdD, RN; Goodwin, Linda PhD, RN, BC; Breckinridge, Daya MSN, RN, FNP; Dowell, Jeffery AAS; Garvy, Ryan


Use of the personal digital assistant (PDA) has been infused into the accelerated baccalaureate program at Duke University to help prepare nursing students for professional practice. The authors provide an overview of the use of PDAs in the classroom, laboratory, and clinical setting. Technical aspects of PDA infusion and steps to ensure regulatory compliance are explored. Benefits of PDA use by both faculty and students in the program and challenges met with the infusion of this technology are also described.

Assistant Clinical Professor (Ms White); Consulting Associate (Ms Breckinridge); Computer Technologist (Mr Dowell); Computer Technician, Web and Multimedia Developer (Mr Garvy); Professor (Dr Goodwin), Duke University School of Nursing and Community and Family Medicine, Durham, NC; Associate Professor (Dr Allen), Texas Tech Health Sciences Center School of Nursing, Lubbock.

Corresponding Author: Ms White, Duke University School of Nursing, DUMC Box 3322, Durham, NC 27710 (

© 2005 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.