Med math test at start of nursing school?

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    The nursing school I am (hopefully) starting in the Fall has a dosage math test in the first few weeks that you have to pass. From what I've read all schools seem to do this so I was hoping that you guys could give me more of an idea on what to expect.

    I have started working through a dosage calculations book using dimensional analysis and I'm feeling pretty confident. The book is now starting into IV meds which is getting a little tricker. For your first math test do they test you on medication dosage questions or will they also look at IV's and drop factor questions too?

    Also, do most places let you use a calculator for your first math test or should I start brushing up on my long division?

    Thanks,
    Louise
    Last edit by Britmum on Jun 2, '12 : Reason: Spelling mistake
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    That's a good question and I'm wondering the same thing!! Lol I took a med math class as a pre req for the lvn program and was not allowed to use a calculator. But now I'm starting the BSN this fall and have no idea if a calculator can be used. But I'm still refreshing up on my long division, it can't hurt but it sure would be a whole lot nicer to use a calculator.
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    At our school we have math tests every semester. 1st semester is dosage calculations, second is dosage and IV calculations, 3rd is dosage/IV calculations and peds, then 4th, I'm not sure...We are allowed to use a simple calculator, like to $1 ones from WalMart!
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    I would not spend a second worrying about this right now. Your instructor will tell you exactly what they expect. If you can understand the concept of dimensional analysis, which it sounds like you do, don't worry about it. This is such a small part of your education. There are other, more important things to be focusing on before school starts. Like earning money and nursing fundamentals.
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    We have to take this test too! We get two chances to pass. I had a 100 average in my math for meds class so I'm not too worried! I'm just looking over my book and old notes and refreshing over summer. After orientation I will know better exactly what to
    Look over... Good luck!
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    This website provides a dosage calculations tutorial, complete with explanations and examples, to help nursing students prepare for a medication exam.


    DosageHelp.com - Helping Nursing Students Learn Dosage Calculations
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    Thanks guys :-). I know I shouldn't worry too much about it right now but honestly math is not my strong subject and I would so much rather spend 20 minutes on it here and there over the summer than end up stressing out about it once school starts :-)
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    I have to take a math test on June 25 before I can start my clinical in the fall. They have stated we can use a simple calculator and need to score at least a 90%. I am using the book Calculate with Confidence. Good luck.
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    Quote from Britmum
    Thanks guys :-). I know I shouldn't worry too much about it right now but honestly math is not my strong subject and I would so much rather spend 20 minutes on it here and there over the summer than end up stressing out about it once school starts :-)
    The kind of math you need for nursing is super super basic. Just make sure your answer makes sense, and that your conversions are correct. Know how to go from grams to mg, etc. And know that the DOSE is the amount of medication (mg) NOT the volume (mL).
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    regular calculator, no cell phones - some of my classmates have some really high end calculators they've borrowed off of their kids LOL...
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