Dosage Question - page 2

I am signed up for a Dosage Calculation class this Sept along with the regular 1st semester nursing classes. It is not required. Many people are telling me to drop this and learn it on my own this... Read More

  1. by   Darlene K.
    This is the formula I always use.

    Desired X Volume = ____________
    Have
  2. by   madamewalker
    Quote from studentNY
    I'm from a small town, Yaphank. Have you ever heard of it?
    Hi studentNY,

    I grew up in Bellport! Where are you attending school, if I may ask?
  3. by   studentNY
    Quote from madamewalker
    Hi studentNY,

    I grew up in Bellport! Where are you attending school, if I may ask?
    I start the RN program at Suffolk CC in sept. I like it there. Close to home. I hear some people say they drive an hour or so to school, yikes. I'm lucky I suppose. How long have you been off the Island?
  4. by   madamewalker
    Quote from studentNY
    I start the RN program at Suffolk CC in sept. I like it there. Close to home. I hear some people say they drive an hour or so to school, yikes. I'm lucky I suppose. How long have you been off the Island?
    I guess I really never officially left! My parents are in East Patchogue and I'm out to see them constantly ... I hear Suffolk's nursing department is AWESOME. Congratulations ... I considered actually coming back to the island for that very reason, but work and my current rental lease prevent me from doing so. Please do keep me "posted" at how things are at Suffolk and good luck!
  5. by   Tony35NYC
    Its very elementary algebra. If you're ok with math you should do quite well on your own with the textbook. Sometimes you have to do a bit more than D/H x Q, though. In pediatrics, there's an extra step where you have to calculate the safe dose range based on the kid's weight, but that's easy to do and that's pretty much it as far as nursing math goes.

    You also have to know how to convert household and apothecary measurements to metric before you calculate the problem. I used to think that its a waste of time to learn how to convert minims, grains, and drams---until I got into my first clinical and saw that some of the older physicians still write orders with those measurements. You also have to be careful to always read the questions before you jump into the math. Sometimes when you end up with a fraction its easy to forget to round up or down to the nearest whole number when your med is an enteric coated tablet or a capsule and when you're calculating the drop rate for an IV.
  6. by   studentNY
    Thank you everyone!!!! I picked up Dosage Calculations made Incredibly Easy today. Not too bad . I would definitely rather study nursing classes than have to worry about extra tests in a dosage class. Thank you again!!!
  7. by   KattB
    Quote from studentNY
    I'm from a small town, Yaphank. Have you ever heard of it?
    No I don't guess I have...my husband is from Bayport.
  8. by   suzy253
    Have to agree with Tony35NYC. A lot more to dosage including the drams, gtts, IV's, heparin, etc. etc. etc. I took dosage calc course and it helped me tremendously. Dosage math will start popping up on exams so just make sure you're really comfortable with all of it.
    BTW...I'm a former LI'er...from Port Jeff! Moved 2-1/2 years ago. Loving it here in RI.

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