Hello to everyone starting LPN school this week! I started Monday and my head is spinning, but I'm feeling very good about everything. My instructors are great and I've made a lot of friends already!
I wanted to give a little nudge to some of you who say that you're not good in math, or that you can't do math.
If you say you're not good at it, then you won't be. If you say you can't do math, then you won't.
Okay, what I really mean by that is that you got where you are because the powers that be saw in you a potential for learning to become a good nurse. And that means they believe you can learn the math that goes along with it for dosage calculations.
I was the kid crying herself to sleep every night over math and science in middle school and high school. I graduated by the skin of my teeth. When I started college two years ago, I had a teacher who told me that if I said I wasn't good at math or that I couldn't do it then she was wasting her time with me. That it's not about having a talent for it. It's about knowing why you need to learn it, asessing whether that reason is important enough to learn it, and taking steps to do what is necessary for you to grasp it. And there's the priciple of self-fulfilling prophecy too. You are what you tell yourself you are.
About pharmacology calculations: I took a 2 week prep course over the summer. I learned dimensional analysis, and it was virtually painless. It sounds really scary but it's just a way to convert between measurements, that's all. In the month between that class and now I have done a few practice calculations every night. You might not have your pharm calc class every day (mine is only once a week) or have homework every night, but make yourself do some practice calculations every night. NO calculator! I promise, it'll hone your skill and your math confidence!