100% dosage calculations? - page 4

I was sitting here looking at my dosage calculations book(& wondering why I decided to go to nursing school:lol2:) &I started thinking. My school requires a 100% on your dosage calculation test and... Read More

  1. by   StudentNurseAbby
    I got a 100% on mine first time. We were required to get a 90%. We can retake it twice and appeal for a third time. We use DA. Second year we take it again and have to get a 100%.
  2. by   lylega
    This post is old, I realize, but I have to say, ANYTHING LESS THAN 100 IS UNREASONABLE. LESS THAN 100 EVERY TIME MEANS THAT YOU MIGHT KILL PEOPLE WITH DRUG MISCALCULATIONS. IS IT OK TO DO CALCULATIONS IN THE REAL WORLD AND ONLY BE CORRECT ONLY 92% OF THE TIME. I DONT THINK SO.
  3. by   peacelovestar
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  4. by   StudentNurseAbby
    We're required to get a 90% first year, 100% second year.
  5. by   StudentNurseAbby
    PS:

    ANYTHING LESS THAN 100 IS UNREASONABLE. LESS THAN 100 EVERY TIME MEANS THAT YOU MIGHT KILL PEOPLE WITH DRUG MISCALCULATIONS. IS IT OK TO DO CALCULATIONS IN THE REAL WORLD AND ONLY BE CORRECT ONLY 92% OF THE TIME. I DONT THINK SO.
    Haha! I agree but the caps are too good.
  6. by   gt4everpn
    i believe my school does so also! but if you think about it, med errors is a serious issue for the profession today! especially calculating dosages by body weight is crucial, so you might wanna thank them for making the standards so high! of course i hate math as well, but dosage calculations are ok for me with alot of practice! believe me you'll be thanking the school for those standards, you'd hate to loose your license because you calculated wrong and the patient was harmed!
  7. by   amzyRN
    Can anyone give me an example of a dosage calculation. I've never seen this before in my pharmacology class. Thanks,
    J
  8. by   rnmomtobe2010
    Oh Lordie, my best friend called me crying not long ago about that class. She has three tries and she was on her third try and if she did not pass, she was OUT! 100%. She had me on the phone at 5 a.m. praying and I told her if she did not pass, I was coming after her!! I love her dearly. She did pass!!
  9. by   peacelovestar
    Quote from jzzy88
    Can anyone give me an example of a dosage calculation. I've never seen this before in my pharmacology class. Thanks,
    J
    Here is a simple one;

    Order: Lanoxin 0.125 mg
    Available: Lanoxin 0.25 mg tablets

    The answer is to give: 1/2 tablet

    There are a few different methods of finding the answer but I wont go into those.

    Some of the problems are very simple (like the example I just gave) but some are more difficult as you have more steps to go through before getting the answer
  10. by   smk1
    Quote from lylega
    This post is old, I realize, but I have to say, ANYTHING LESS THAN 100 IS UNREASONABLE. LESS THAN 100 EVERY TIME MEANS THAT YOU MIGHT KILL PEOPLE WITH DRUG MISCALCULATIONS. IS IT OK TO DO CALCULATIONS IN THE REAL WORLD AND ONLY BE CORRECT ONLY 92% OF THE TIME. I DONT THINK SO.
    In theory I agree with this, however we get math test questions (fake orders) that are so confusing at times that it is ridiculous. In the real world you can call to clarify the order, in the testing lab (for us anyway) there is only a monitor, not the teacher. You have to guess what they really mean because if you read the question one way it would yield a totally different answer that if read another way. This isn't right when students can get kicked out of the program for failing the test. Math tests should be straight forward. Anything else is pretty ridiculous because if there were any question about an order you would clarify it. So giving a confusing math test really isn't testing much.
  11. by   blkgurlwithwings
    Does anyone know of a good website that lists the conversions...1 pt equals x oz, 8 fluid drams equals x fl oz and that sort of thing? I have a book, but it doesn't list them...strange!
    I wanna write them on notecards and tape them to my bathroom mirror! You know those wasted 2 minutes when I'm brushing my teeth... LOL

    Hey, now that I think of it, maybe I can glue them to the toilet roll while I'm at it...uh, maybe not.
  12. by   amzyRN
    Quote from SMK1
    In theory I agree with this, however we get math test questions (fake orders) that are so confusing at times that it is ridiculous. In the real world you can call to clarify the order, in the testing lab (for us anyway) there is only a monitor, not the teacher. You have to guess what they really mean because if you read the question one way it would yield a totally different answer that if read another way. This isn't right when students can get kicked out of the program for failing the test. Math tests should be straight forward. Anything else is pretty ridiculous because if there were any question about an order you would clarify it. So giving a confusing math test really isn't testing much.
    So from what I understand they are not providing adequate teaching in order to set that high of an expectation and then punishing the students, that is lame!

    A lot of times though, math tests are anything but straight forward. I don't think it's fair to set a 100 percent standard. Just because someone passes with 100 percent, what if they still make a mistake on the job. That's possible. Sometimes people test worse than others.

    Aren't their safe guards in practice that would prevent an accident?

    On the other hand, I've heard that the math isn't that bad. I haven't started my program yet though. I'm pretty good at math, so I wasn't really worried about this.

    Is it really that hard? Anyway, maybe you can talk to your instructors about being more fair to students.
    J
  13. by   jla623
    Even though it was only last summer that I took it, I can't really remember. I think we had to have an A. I am not a math whiz and I still got an A. It's not so bad if you get two chances. All I can say is PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE. I did every single practice problem in the book!

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