Quote from Beaks1981
I really needed some positives today, I have been starting to really freak myself out. I am hoping that it will be the quantity of info that challenges me and not the intellect. I am a straight A student typically, but I have been told to kiss my A's good bye and be happy with C's. The math is really freaking me out, any tips for dosage calculations?
I finished my first semester with all A's, so it is possible. I'm holding out hope for the coming ones. My best advice is to get used to NCLEX-style questions EARLY. There're tons of threads here, and chapters in the front of almost every NCLEX review book that address helpful approaches. A lot of schools and professors use those types of questions the whole way through, so learn how to choose the "most right" answer, or the "priority intervention." If you do poorly on one test, don't hesitate to step back and take a good hard look at what you can do differently.
Dosage calculation isn't too bad, and there are lots of websites that offer free tutorials and practice. If your school offers sessions, go to at least one to get an idea of what they want you to know. Read each problem carefully; sometimes there is extra information meant to distract you (for example: mentioning in the problem that it's given three times a day, when they're looking for how much you'd give in just one dose). I got into the habit of underlining the key words of the question first, then looking at the information they gave me to work it out.
You can do it -- take it one chunk at a time, take care of yourself as best you can, and stay on top of things!