I know many nursing programs
are struggling with the issue of med math competencies. I am one of the key faculty players in my program, attempting to streamline the math calculation eduation. One of the big issues we are facing is inconsistancies (one prof teaches it one way, then they move on to another professor that contradicts them, then in practice it is different). Amongst faculty, we can't even agree. i go by what I know, and as a Peds nurse, I know that a) we round off as little as possible, and b) we need to know how to round correctly (like, you don't round 1.7mls up to 2mls).
Anyway, I am searching for guidelines on rounding; up, down, when to round, etc. I am not looking to hear what each of you have been taught (because I know it will differ), or what your hosptial says (again, they will all vary), but if anyone knows of a legitimate, reputable source with a guideline. As you know, students want specifics (and will hold us to them). I also know that students do not have the critical thinking ability to figure out when it is ok to round (like giving an extra 0.1ml of multivitamin to a baby is ok, but not if they are getting Digoxin
I searched the NCSBN website, and all i got was "only the final answer should be rounded off" (or something like that). yeah, thanks
. If it's peds-specific, that's fine too. Thanks!!