Calculator at work?

  1. Can nurses carry a calculator on the job to calculate dosages? I'm terrible at math when it comes to solving problems in my head. It's like my brain gets scrambled. Due to this I'm getting discouraged about becoming an LPN.
    •  
  2. 43 Comments

  3. by   akulahawkRN
    If I'm not allowed to use calculators, I simply use the paper method...
  4. by   SionainnRN
    Quote from 1Luv_xo
    Can nurses carry calculators on the job to calculate dosages? I'm terrible at math especially when it comes to solving problems in my head. It's like my brain gets scrambled. This is discouraging me from becoming an LPN..
    Of course!! And if you have any tricky calcs to do I usually have someone double check my math. Especially if its for a peds pt.
  5. by   sbergmann17
    Why couldn't you I carry my iPod at work for spelling and new medications. Most pharmacies have stuff already calculated.
  6. by   1Luv_xo
    So, for example, if a baby or kid came into the clinic for a vaccine, it'd already be calculated for me? I wouldn't have to calculate or convert anything? Sorry, math really intimidates me!
  7. by   loriangel14
    Yes of course you can use a calculator at work. Why wouldn't you be able to?
  8. by   Fiona59
    Every unit I've ever worked on has had a calculator in the drawer with the CPS. Not used a heck of a lot because the Pharmacy does 99% of our med prep.
  9. by   1Luv_xo
    I dont know really.. lol. I read online some nurses saying you shouldnt have to use a calculator, you should just know your calculations. I also read that some of the more experienced nurses look down upon those who have to use a calculator.. but I'd rather be safe than sorry!
  10. by   1Luv_xo
    Quote from Fiona59
    Every unit I've ever worked on has had a calculator in the drawer with the CPS. Not used a heck of a lot because the Pharmacy does 99% of our med prep.
    Thank goodness! I feel more confident now. Lol
  11. by   loriangel14
    Quote from 1Luv_xo
    I dont know really.. lol. I read online some nurses saying you shouldnt have to use a calculator, you should just know your calculations. I also read that some of the more experienced nurses look down upon those who have to use a calculator.. but I'd rather be safe than sorry!
    No they would not be impressed if you did it in your head and made a mistake. Like Fiona said, you very seldom have to do calculations anyways.When I do I will sometimes ask for soemone to check my math if I am not sure.
  12. by   blondy2061h
    We have calculators all over the unit and do everything on computers with built in calculators.
  13. by   chrisrn24
    Yes!! You should know how to set equations up (you will learn in school) though but you may use a calculator.
  14. by   akulahawkRN
    I 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.

close