Do you have to be good in math?


Jan 10, '02You have to be able to add, subtract, multiply, divide. You have to be able to think rationally. Most programs (I think) require a math dosage class, or it is at least incorporated with another class. Also, it was my experience that tests in every class would incorporate a few math dosage questions. You don't have to be able to understand calculus or remember too much (if any) of algebra. I personally can't remember anything about statistics, even though I was required to take it. Just do a lot of practice questions when the time comes to study dosage questions and you should do fine. When the time comes that your working as an RN, if a difficult dosage problem comes up, its a good idea to check it with another nurse and/or call pharmacy anyway.


Jan 10, '02Oh yeah, and the calculator is my best friend. I always have one in my pocket with my name on it!

Jan 10, '02Calculator!! And just about every nurse I know runs her calculations by another nurse...."here, double check this for me...." Better safe than sorry. And when in doubt, call the pharmacy!
You don't need to be a mathematician. Just know the basics. They'll teach you the formulas to use in nursing school for dosage calcs. Keep 'em in your pocket if you need to; lots of people do! 
Jan 10, '02If you are concerned about the math, buy a book and start learning how to calculate dosages. It isn't hard, but it does stump alot of nursing students. I know we lost at least 1/6 of our class to math our first semester (they weren't able to progress to the next semester because you had to make at least an 85 on the dosage calculations final.)
I bought the book by Springhouse "Dosage Calculations made incredibly easy", and I used it in addition to our textbook, and I passed the class with flying colors (I'm not a math person, either).
Or, if you can buy your textbook early, and just start working through it, it will really help you. The first semester of nursing school is a big adjustmentit's just so different from the other classes you will have takenyou don't want to have the added stress of worrying about whether you'll pass math or not.
Good luck! 
Jan 10, '02hmm... nursing math... the only math I really can do...
Its not hard to calculate nearly anything(AKA... give the pt 50 mg's of med x., you have 25mg pills... how do you dose the patient yep... you gots it.... 2 25 mg pills... easy, right?).... but driprates can be tricky...
There are many methods, just find the one that works best for you...
Good luck
Barbara 
Jan 10, '02I am the worsed with math. Believe me...just as long as you know basic math you'll do fine.