Nursing math; how tough?

  1. How hard is nursing math? I'm considering nursing school, possibly in an Accelerated BSN program. Math has always been a struggle but I'm working on it. I looked at a practice dosage calculation test, and it seemed to be pretty doable: metrics, conversions, decimals--with the emphasis, of course, on getting right answers. Medicating scares me. Is it unrealistic for someone who's math phobic to want to go into this field? Thanks in advance for your thoughts.
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  3. by   Nikki730
    Carolanne shared this site earlier today (thanks Carolanne!) I found it very helpful.

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  4. by   PCGrad06
    As I stated on another thread, Our program does not enough require a math class as long as you test out of the 099 class or in my case take the class. If you get a 19 on the Math part of the ACT you can write off any math class! I agree with you about the dosage etc. part being doable. I hate math but I am still going for the RN program Best of Luck to ya
  5. by   txspadequeenRN
    I think this is one of the things that when you get it down (the formulas)you will be ok. I am a severe math phobic, but Im also a nurse and never had any trouble ( I always keep my formulas written down somewhere and with me at all times). It is very do- able good luck to you.



    Quote from victoriac
    How hard is nursing math? I'm considering nursing school, possibly in an Accelerated BSN program. Math has always been a struggle but I'm working on it. I looked at a practice dosage calculation test, and it seemed to be pretty doable: metrics, conversions, decimals--with the emphasis, of course, on getting right answers. Medicating scares me. Is it unrealistic for someone who's math phobic to want to go into this field? Thanks in advance for your thoughts.
  6. by   Nurse-o-Matic
    Quote from victoriac
    How hard is nursing math? Medicating scares me. Is it unrealistic for someone who's math phobic to want to go into this field? Thanks in advance for your thoughts.
    This was my very fear when starting nursing school. However, I have found the math pretty easy since it's just conversions and basic algebra. I haven't met anyone yet who struggled for long to get the hang of it. You will do fine!
  7. by   Ari RN
    [font=Comic Sans MS]As long as you know how to add, subtract, multiply and divide your okay. Nursing math is simple. You just make sure you always double check your answer.
  8. by   Mandylpn
    Believe me Victoria, you will not be giving any medication without your teacher's supervision and probably having to pass a math quiz before your clinical. It's not that hard, take it from me, the math phobic.

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