what's your thought on this?

  1. I have a question for all you professionals out there. I am currently attending the nursing program at my school. There is a student in my class that has told me they are going into nursing because "I can't pass algebra, so I might as well go into something that doesn't involve so much math." My question is this....If this person can't pass algebra, do you think they even have a chance of successfully maneuvering through the nursing program and getting licensed?
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  2. 27 Comments

  3. by   sjoe
    Yep.
  4. by   Agnus
    Yes.
  5. by   nialloh
    Yes
  6. by   Rena RN 2003
    ditto
  7. by   Gator,SN
    YES, but I had to take algebra, do you??
  8. by   KristinWW
    Nah, too easy.
  9. by   passing thru
    That's the reason 1/2 the students in my nursing school class gave for going into nursing....yep, it was a university school....
    Besides algebra, most bachlors of science degrees require about three, at least, math courses, chemistry 2 semesters, and lots of other tough stuff....
    Nurses at my university had:
    "Chemistry for nurses"
    "Pharmacology for nurses"
    Statistics for nurses"

    All those courses were "dumbed down" for BSN nursing students. And so was the math.
  10. by   AHarri66
    My ADN program required students to pass (at least) Algebra I, but I know of other programs that didn't.

    I think it's sad that our profession is "dumbed down" that way.

    It's scary to think what would happen if suddenly all the nurses had to do their own calculations....
  11. by   SharonH, RN
    That's very interesting. Performing drug calculations requires algebraic equations. Also you have to pass chemistry which also requires some Algebra. I had to pass Algebra, Chemistry, and Pharmacology to get my degree. I don't see how he can pass if he can't do algebra but I see some of my colleagues say he can. Strange....
  12. by   traumaRUs
    I find math very difficult. However, that doesn't mean that without a lot of studying and maybe some tutoring I couldn't pass it. Don't give up. Set you sights on a goal and go for it. Determination is what it takes.
  13. by   Karina212
    I always had difficulty with math, but was able to struggle through with algebra (had to repeat it). I also had to take two chemistry classes, pharmacology, statistics - all which require math. Also had to pass medication administration where it's all drug calculation and drips. I passed with flying colors as I really put my mind to it. A lot of the students have difficulty with these subjects, not just nursing students. Sometimes the teacher gives a "curve" in order for the students to pass.
  14. by   mother/babyRN
    We had an amazing amount of math and chemistry and I found it tough plus the requisites were also tough..That was a diploma program and maybe now a days they want to get people into nursing...Scary....You HAVE to know how to do math in a lot of situations, such as ICU, Nicu, Picu, OB etc...etc...etc...Wouldn't want a nurse caring for my family or myself who couldn't do calculations and couldn't handle math....I see a problem waiting to happen...

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