Has anyone ever failed out because the couldnt pass the math/dosage calc tests? - page 2

Im soooo nervous, seems like its something that can make or break you. You do all this work just to get into NS and if you dont get 90% on one math test your out??? Anyone not good at math share... Read More

  1. by   traumaRUs
    Math needed for nurse usually consists of a few formulas where you then plug in the values. I personally found it challenging because I am so afraid of math. However, speaking as an experienced RN, I know that I always, always, always double-check my calculations.

    Hospitals nowadays also have a double-verify list of meds where you must draw up your med, look at the order and then have it confirmed by another RN. Meds that are commonly double-verified include:

    heparin
    digoxin IV
    insulin
    many pediatric dosages

    Good luck.
  2. by   ChadleyNC
    I can't tell you not to be nervous about it. I CAN tell you that most of the time first semester testing is heavily centered on conversions between systems, like grams to oz and so on. And also on order interpretation. The math part itself is relatively simple, but it's a conceptual thing. Putting it in the framework of nursing when you are still early enough in a program not to know exactly what that is, can be very hard on students. It was on me.

    But I just finished my 3rd semester and am heading into my 4th and 4th math test as well. It can be done. Just hang in there, remember to study and learn the conversions/formulas and breathe
    Chadley
  3. by   AZmom
    Quote from cardiacRN2006
    You shouldn't be nervous at all. That's what gets people into so much trouble--nerves.

    Why did that girl fail?? I don't know. We wondered why she didn't come to us for help. She had already failed one semester, so when she failed the math test she was out. Why don't people ask other people for help? I certainly loved helping fellow students out, and never hesitated to ask someone else when I needed it.

    The last test was on titrations, amiodarone, heparin, theophylline...etc. They are harder to calculate, but still easy enough for you to do. You did far harder calculations in your math prereqs!
    It's the 100% pass which'll make me nervous. 90% -- no sweat, but no mistakes allowed? Yikes! I'm reaaaaal good at math (two semesters of college Calc) so that's not the issue, just the pressure you're under to make no mistakes.
  4. by   supermo
    Quote from AZmom
    It's the 100% pass which'll make me nervous. 90% -- no sweat, but no mistakes allowed? Yikes! I'm reaaaaal good at math (two semesters of college Calc) so that's not the issue, just the pressure you're under to make no mistakes.
    my program has 100% required too..... to steal your expression.... Yikes!
  5. by   caroladybelle
    Quote from FNPhopeful
    Im soooo nervous, seems like its something that can make or break you. You do all this work just to get into NS and if you dont get 90% on one math test your out???

    Anyone not good at math share some positivity...... I like calculators personally.
    People are generally not naturally "good at math"...they had to work at becoming "good at math".

    How does one become good at math? One practices. This means using a calculator ONLY to check work and to work things out by hand first. Your check book, etc.

    You need to set the calculator to the side and LEARN THE MATH!!!!! Especially if you are going for FNP.

    And yes, people do fail out of nursing school, from failing dose calculation tests. For good reason.
  6. by   Cammykiss
    My friend last year had to drop out and retake all of first semester courses this coming semester due to a failed dosage test. At her school one has to get 100% to pass and you get to try two times, but shheeeeesh! She had to start all over again when she had finished almost the whole semester.
  7. by   donsterRN
    Quote from supermo
    my program has 100% required too..... to steal your expression.... Yikes!
    Same here. At the beginning of each semester, the students must pass the calculations with 80%; they have three tries to do it. In the last semester, the student must get 100%, but they still have three tries. If the student doesn't get it, they're dismissed.
  8. by   Lachrymologist
    This is the scariest post I have ever read.
  9. by   Bala Shark
    Quote from Lachrymologist
    This is the scariest post I have ever read.
    Only some nursing schools make it tuff on students to pass a math test..At our school, in order to graduate students would have to make a 90% or higher to graduate..Just think about, if you were a patient in a hospital, would you want a nurse that did not know much about dosage calculations? How about overdosing a patient or miscalculating IV fluids? It is the benifit of the patient that nursing schools make it difficult for students to pass..
  10. by   firstyearstudent
    If I can't pass that test, I don't want to be a nurse! I'd be a danger to other people.
  11. by   FNPhopeful
    Quote from firstyearstudent
    If I can't pass that test, I don't want to be a nurse! I'd be a danger to other people.

    Thats true! We'd feel pretty dumb though. At least I would.
  12. by   HeartsOpenWide
    I do not know if it is the same thing but we have to take a math mastery test thingy and we have to have 92%. I am going to get a tutor and the whole nine yards. I feel faint just thinking about it.
    Last edit by HeartsOpenWide on Aug 20, '06
  13. by   supermo
    Quote from Don3218
    Same here. At the beginning of each semester, the students must pass the calculations with 80%; they have three tries to do it. In the last semester, the student must get 100%, but they still have three tries. If the student doesn't get it, they're dismissed.
    They told us out of the gate that we have to master the math 100% on our first test.... in 4 weeks! Honestly, I'm okay with the logic that we have to be 100% correct in real life but to think that I could fail out of school because of one thousandth of a microgram. At the risk of repeating myself, YIKES!

    But, we'll be fine, you'll see. I got faith.

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