Three nursing textbooks have been replaced by personal digital assistants (PDAs). These are loaded with three indispensable nursing textbooks and a raft of other medical information.

Trading Books for PDAs


A familiar childhood refrain includes the line, "No more classes, no more book." The junior and senior students in the Department of Nursing at AASU have the "no more books" part down to a computer science.

Three nursing textbooks have been replaced by personal digital assistants (PDAs). These are loaded with three indispensable nursing textbooks and a raft of other medical information. The students can now look up a word, a lab test, or information on drugs and drug interactions right on the spot.

AASU students were among the first in Georgia to employ this new system. Helen Taggart, interim head of the nursing department, pointed out that new drugs and other medical information are coming out every day. The students regularly receive updates on new advances, so they have the latest information literally at their fingertips.

One more bonus: the PDA fits into a pocket or purse, eliminating the need to lug around three heavy books and a medical calculator.