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Calculator at work?

  1. 0 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.
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    Joined May '13; Posts: 38; Likes: 1.

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  3. Visit  akulahawkRN profile page
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    If I'm not allowed to use calculators, I simply use the paper method...
  4. Visit  SionainnRN profile page
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    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. Visit  sbergmann17 profile page
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    Why couldn't you I carry my iPod at work for spelling and new medications. Most pharmacies have stuff already calculated.
  6. Visit  1Luv_xo profile page
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    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. Visit  loriangel14 profile page
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    Yes of course you can use a calculator at work. Why wouldn't you be able to?
    Fiona59 likes this.
  8. Visit  Fiona59 profile page
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    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.
    NurseDirtyBird and loriangel14 like this.
  9. Visit  1Luv_xo profile page
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    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. Visit  1Luv_xo profile page
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    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. Visit  loriangel14 profile page
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    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.
    merlee likes this.
  12. Visit  blondy2061h profile page
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    We have calculators all over the unit and do everything on computers with built in calculators.
  13. Visit  chrisrn24 profile page
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    Yes!! You should know how to set equations up (you will learn in school) though but you may use a calculator.
  14. Visit  akulahawkRN profile page
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    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.


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