Quote from Nurse Connie
Math was always my worst subject, except for basic algebra, which is basically what nursing math is. I scored very low in the math section of the PAX but thankfully the English/Science made up for it and I was still able to get into QCC. I took the math tutoring that was available and I really never had a problem with the math after that. You just have to know how to set up your calculations and you can use a calculator (at least at QCC). I wouldn't let that stop you from pursuing nursing.
Ahh the blessed calculator and or computers! *LOL*
Not sure today's nursing and quite frankly students in general realise it wasn't that long ago that calculators were unwelcomed in math classes. We're talking as "late" as the 1980's or 1990's here.
Some advanced math and or science classes allowed them (it mainly was up to the teacher/instructor), but that was about it.
As for med dose calc, again modern nursing students often have it so much eaiser than recent history. Calculators, computers, formulas given with exams, dimensional analysis, doing the math anyway one wanted long as one arrived at the correct answer, etc...
Back in the "day" nursing math was tought pretty much the same as it had been for the history of nursing; pencil, paper, show all work using only the approved formulas from one's instructor, having to memorise metric and apothecary conversion and so on. All this for what was usually a half-semester class for zero to one credit. If one didn't pass that usually was the end of things.