Nursing students to use iPods for treatment, exams

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Students at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Nursing will be able to translate patient questions from English to Spanish, run diagnostic tests, and prepare for their all-important nursing board exam with help from the Apple iPod Touch. One hundred and eighteen students were given an iPod Touch at a recent ceremony signalling to the students' transition from preclinical studies to clinical health sciences. The students were given white coats, per tradition, but this year, iPods were placed in the pocket of each coat, according to a UCLA release. First-year master's entry clinical nursing students and third-year undergraduates received iPod Touches, according to the university. The popular device's media player function has grabbed attention in all corners of higher education, with nursing and medical schools near the forefront of using the iPod Touch, which can access Wi-Fi networks.

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