Fail math exam and we are out!!!! Help!!! - page 4

I am a second year nursing student with a new Director of Nursing. She has turned the program upside down and changed everything. She instituted a policy for 2nd year nursing students that we are... Read More

  1. by   FNPhopeful
    Holy crap!!!!!!!
  2. by   heather2084
    don't freak out. when you get there, you'll see how easy it is. its just basic algebra. its all looking at what you have, and what you need and not looking at the extra information thrown in there. For me, it helps to just try and do the problem myself, instead of listening to them show us how. Just do whatever works best for you
  3. by   RebeccaJeanRN
    Quote from FNPhopeful
    Holy crap!!!!!!!
    I don't know why, but this all looks worse on 'paper' (ie. on this thread)...remember that hundreds, if not thousands, of nurses with a lifelong fear of math have managed to catch on. I really mean it when I say that nursing does not use really hard math, its just important to be able to do it without making mistakes becuase mistakes can KILL in the real world. On those rare exams where we weren't allowed to use a calculator, there were no square roots (we could use calculators for BSA calculations), it was ALL just straight multiplying, subtracting and dividing with some metric conversions thrown in (which you simply must memorize), and remembering a few (not zillions) of easy formulas. Peds math can be the most involved of all, but it just builds on what you learned before you got there. All nursing-specific math is FAR easier than algebra and Stats, however. No comparison.

    If you buy an easy how- to book, like Math for Meds or any others suggested here, they really explain and give examples in EASY language. Fear not...you all CAN all do this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :wink2: Remember, you lived through the pre-reqs and some of THEM were pretty tough too!
  4. by   puggymae
    Just wondering Ex-Techie if you passed your math test?
  5. by   AuntieRN
    We had to get 100% our fourth and fifth semesters as well. We had 3 chances to do it or failed out of the program. I hate math just as much as the next person but....I totally understand because I sure wouldn't want someone giving me or my family meds when they were not sure what dose they were actually supposed to be giving or know what they were supposed to set my IV rate at. Good luck to you!!!
  6. by   gradgitated
    The ADN program that I just graduated from gives meds and dosage exams every quarter, first and second year. If you don't pass it the first time you have to take a remediation class before taking it the second time. I don't know what happens if you fail the second one, as no one in my class did. The text that we used was Dosage Calculations, 7th Edition by Gloria D. Pickar and it was extremely helpful. It has easy to understand text, lots of practice questions, and comes with a CD too. I hope this helps. I understand your frustration with the big changes in your program, but I think that it's very important to prove competency with dosages...every day, nurses literally hold their patients lives in their hands.
  7. by   81ke83
    we have two math tests a semester. 1st semester have to pass with 90% have one other chance to pass or you are out. 2nd semster same thing. 3rd semester one test pass with 90%. Last semester 100%. There are several good books out there for dosage calculations. Math for Meds is one of them.
    Just don't panic. Whether it is what you consider fair or not. It is the way it is. It gives you a good idea of what dosages should be and helps you with double checking yourself in the hospital

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