Clinical use of PDAs is becoming more popular among professional health care providers.

Health care information technology is being advanced to support clinicians’ decision making. Clinical decision support from health care information technology presents an opportunity for collaboration between clinicians within nursing informatics and critical care nurses that could benefit the profession of nursing, improve patient care, and increase the quality and efficiency of health care.1,3 Weber4,5 reported that critical care nurses’ use of computer-based decision support tools varies and that personal digital assistants (PDAs) are a type of health care information technology that has been relied upon for these purposes. In this article, we identify nurses’ preferences for using PDAs and specific clinical software.

PDAs are hand-held electronic (battery-operated) devices with memory cards. Memory cards are information storage units. Sophisticated PDAs have photo, recording/ dictation, and music options along with Internet and...

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