What is on Med calculations Test?

1. Hello I take my first RN course next semester. I keep seeing threads about the med calculation test and people freaking out. Can someone give examples and how can I prepare? Thanks

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3. google for medication calculations nursing and you will find oodles of stuff. Basically, how to give every type of med, including IV's. A medication calculation book is a good investment.
4. My school uses Clinical Calculations Made Easy (5th Edition) by Gloria Craig. It's a 6 chapter workbook with a lot of problems and explanations on how to work through them using dimensional analysis. There are also plenty of case study problems as well. I suggest getting it or the previous version and working through it if you're nervous about math and using it in school.

Clinical Calculations Made Easy: Solving Problems Using Dimensional Analysis: Gloria P. Craig: 9781608317905: Amazon.com: Books

Either way, my advise is to not internalize the fact that other people freak out about math or any other subject because it just makes you do the same. (not that you are internalizing but just my 2 cents for those who are)

You'll do fine!

ETA: Although I've always been someone who is confident in my math abilities, I've also been someone who makes a lot of careless mistakes...I passed my Med Calc Test on the first try last Thursday and scored 100%. It can be done.
Last edit by Marchy13 on Sep 24, '12 : Reason: Added last statement
5. Med calc problems can vary greatly in complexity. Here are some examples:

Orders: 750mg of Drug
Available: 250mg per tablet
How many tablets need to be given?

Orders: 40mg of Drug
Available: 200mg per 2mL
How much do you draw up in the syringe?

Orders: 20mg of Drug administered over half an hour
Available: 20mg in 100mL of normal saline; IV tubing drip rate is 15 drips per mL
How many drips per minute if manually adjusting rate?
How many mL per hour if using a pump?

And my school also considers I&O calculations to be "drug calc" problems, so we also see problems like:

You're working the 0700-1500 shift. Your patient is receiving maintenance fluids at 40mL/hour. Breakfast consisted of 6 ounces of OJ, 4 ounces of jello, and 8 ounces of coffee. Patient voided 200mL of urine and vomited 100mL. Lunch consisted of 8 ounces of jello and 4 ounces of water.
What is total intake for your shift?
What is total output for your shift?
What is the fluid balance for your shift?