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- Jun 10 by blondy2061hWe have calculators all over the unit and do everything on computers with built in calculators.
- Jun 10 by chrisrn24Yes!! You should know how to set equations up (you will learn in school) though but you may use a calculator.
- Jun 10 by akulahawkI should have added that I always carry a calculator. While computers are very good at crunching numbers, sometimes (like the last hospital I was at) they disabled the calculators on the computers, and while the EMR system had calculators built in, it was often just faster to pull out the one in the pocket than to find the right one in the EMR system.
- Jun 10 by Havin' A Party!iPod.
- Jun 11 by applewhiternYes, you may carry a calculator. Be aware, however, that you will have to be able to pass math and/or calculation tests in school, and your particular school may not allow a calculator during testing. If you think you need a remedial math course, go ahead and take one. Good math skills are important.
- Jun 11 by Fiona59Quote from poppycatHow do you check reconstituted bags? That's where most nurses I know have issues, figuring out how to dilute vials of antibiotics. Not how many capsules or pills make up the required amount.Even if pharmacy does most of the med calculations, you need to double check them. I've caught many errors in calculations done by pharmacy.Last edit by JustBeachyNurse on Jun 11 : Reason: correct formatting
- Jun 11 by classicdamewe use own calculators, phones and of course the ones on the computer desktop
- Jun 11 by poppycatObviously, you can't check reconstituted bags from pharmacy. Since I've always worked in Pediatrics I've never had the luxury of having pharmacy make up piggybacks for my patients. That was something the floor nurses did. However, there's a lot more to figure out than just how many pills to give for the right dose.
- Jun 11 by MeriwhenQuote from 1Luv_xoHELL YES.Can nurses carry calculators on the job to calculate dosages?
You're not in nursing school anymore, so there's no reason why you can't have a calculator with you. Especially since now you have your own nursing license--so you'd better get that dose right
Use the calculator in your smartphone/cellphone/iPad. If you are not allowed to use your phone on the floor at work even for this (don't laugh--some places are very strict about it), then go to your local dollar store and pick up 2-3 cheap calculators. Keep one in your bag or on you. Donate another one or two to the desk at your nurses' station.