Microsoft Office, including Word, PowerPoint and Excel all come with a myriad of menus that a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant uses on a regular basis. Those menus can take some time to navigate through. Even something as simple as printing a document can involve up to three mouse clicks (File, Print and Print). And all of this multiplicity of choices (or necessity of clicks) resides on the so-called Ribbon.
Black Friday and Cyber Monday have come and gone. If you’re at all like me, you’ve still got shopping to do. I usually buy from Amazon.com and other reputable online sites and am very careful where I shop. So, shopping online, just like shopping offline, you need to pick and choose where and when you want to shop.
Like many RNs in hospital jobs I can go without food, water or a bathroom break for long periods. However, electricity to run my various devices is a must-have. Nothing is worse when I’m traveling than to run out of electrical outlets. This happens to me in hotels, homes (my parents’, friends’, sister-in-law’s), offices and at the airport. The more I need to charge multiple devices, the less available (or convenient) power plugs there seem to be. And with both Vickie and me traveling, it seems like our laptops, iPhones and iPads all need charging at the same time, so my problem is compounded.
The more we become dependent upon smart phones, the more we panic when we don’t have them. A simple trip to the Stop N’Rob to buy the Sunday paper suddenly becomes as terrifying as a drive out of a Mad Max movie when we stop at a light and discover our smart phone is missing or worse, out of power.
Every guy I know takes a different route to Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport and none of them check the traffic or construction reports before they go. I jump on the 59 and make a straight run. My best friend takes I-45 despite its twists, turns and speed traps. A car service driver I know takes a combination of the 59, I-45, the 610 Loop, Hardy Toll Road and JFK Boulevard, sometimes even running through downtown if he perceives there will be traffic issues (which his perception always makes a reality).
Security is paramount for Certified Legal Nurse Consultants when you’re surfing the web, doing your banking online or even just shopping at any of your favorite websites. But many of you are still using older computers with older operating systems in your legal nurse consulting businesses. This is a recipe for disaster. While you may be able to eke a couple more years of use out of your Windows XP box (against everyone’s recommendations) while you save up for a new computer, one thing you should definitely upgrade is your web browser.
I promised to follow up with you on whether or not I survived a 2-week+ road trip using just my iPad and its attached keyboard. Here are my impressions on being entirely mobile: Did I like being fast and loose? Yes. Did I like being able to pull up email, the Web, my calendar and anything else I wanted anywhere I could find a hotspot? Yes. Did I like the “instant on” feature? Yes. Did I like responding to email, typing and editing business documents on a tablet (even using my stylus and the pdf-notes App? No, no and no.
The other day I was beating my head against my keyboard trying to solve a formatting problem in a document I was creating. After 20 minutes of no results and with daylight rapidly burning and frustration rapidly increasing, I resorted to Word®’s Help function. I don’t have to tell you that I found no joy there. Help is often hit or miss and that day it was certainly missing.
Full disclosure, the word “Office” in the title means “Microsoft Office” not a tree house, tea house or any place you can sit and do your legal nurse consulting work. And alternative means free or at least less expensive. For years MS Office has been the gold standard, or at least the only standard for word processing for legal nurse consultants. Word’s reach is so pervasive that many Apple users were forced to pick up “Office for Mac” and Microsoft is extending further into mobile by upgrading its Office apps for iPads.
As Labor Day approaches and as legal nurse consultants have become more mobile in your labor, I’ve reconsidered my stance on tablets versus laptops/desktops. I don’t believe that, as of today, a tablet can fully replace what, for purposes of this Tech Tip, I’ll call an “actual computer.” But experimentation and experience is showing that Microsoft’s Surface tablet is coming pretty close.