Has anyone ever failed out because the couldnt pass the math/dosage calc tests? - page 4

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   Euskadi1946
    I think it really all depends on the pharmacology instructor. I was never really good in math but took a Math for Nurses course and I had a fantastic instructor who somehow made it all come together in a way that I understood and got all A's & B's. Our pharmacology instructor was the same way and I aced pharm and dosage calculations. Our instructor told us that using the ratio and proportion method would get us through some of the most difficult med/dosage calculations and I have used that throughout my nursing career and have never had any problems nor have I ever made any med errors.
  2. by   funfunfun
    Question?

    Starting RN school in Sept. I have been practicing my math and think (self taught...problably wrong) I have the basics down on how to set up a dosage conversion problem...BUT...I need a calculator to to all the multiplication and division. Are Calculators not allowed? In all the math classes I have taken the main thing they wanted us to know was how to set the problem up but we were always allowed to do the math with a calculator.

    I am screwed if I can't use a calculator....I better get out my 7yr olds Math book and start practicing.
  3. by   nrsman1
    I was not good at math in high school nor was I any better while I suffered through college algebra. However, by the time I got to the math class we had to take called math for nurses I was motivated, to understand. And plus it was relevant to me. I think it gets easier just for the mere fact that once you can memorize the formulas all you have to do is plug in numbers. for nursing math repitition is the key.
  4. by   godsgrl444
    Quote from CeCiRN
    I think it really all depends on the pharmacology instructor. I was never really good in math but took a Math for Nurses course and I had a fantastic instructor who somehow made it all come together in a way that I understood and got all A's & B's. Our pharmacology instructor was the same way and I aced pharm and dosage calculations. Our instructor told us that using the ratio and proportion method would get us through some of the most difficult med/dosage calculations and I have used that throughout my nursing career and have never had any problems nor have I ever made any med errors.
    That was nice and thank you.

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