Drug Calculations class before Nursing School


May 17, '11If you can handle basic algebra you can handle drug calculations.
(Ordered dose/Dose On Hand) * Route = what you administer
Pumps are always set in mL per hour
To calculate drips (gtt) for either tube feeds or IVs
(Ordered amount * Calibration factor of tubing)/ ordered time in minutes= How many drops per minute 
May 17, '11My program had a Dosage Calculation class that we had to pass in order to be accepted into the program.
This is the book we used & I think it's great! http://www.amazon.com/HenkesMedMat...uct/0781776287 
May 17, '11:heartbeatThanks for replying!!! My program just required College Alg. VERY different type of Math

May 18, '11Try this website for practice. They will even email you a question of the day!
I also would suggest getting a used med calculation book and practicing like crazy over the summer. You can get one really cheap on amazon or half.com. You don't need a new edition.
http://www.dosagehelp.com/ 
May 19, '11Quote from ScottEI agree. Dont stress over dosage cal. Im terrible in Math as well but I took the class Spring semester and I passed with a 92 ( im no smarty pants!) But its pretty basic.If you can handle basic algebra you can handle drug calculations.
(Ordered dose/Dose On Hand) * Route = what you administer
Pumps are always set in mL per hour
To calculate drips (gtt) for either tube feeds or IVs
(Ordered amount * Calibration factor of tubing)/ ordered time in minutes= How many drops per minute 
May 20, '11Quote from studentrnnurseGet a used Dosage Calculations book and start going through it. We used the one by Pickar and it has lots of great practice problems. Good explanations too.Help!!! I am terrible at math and I am soooo scared of Drug Calculations . I was wondering if there was a online class that I could take this summer before the RN program starts in the Fall..My school does not offer one.....
We had to do like the first 5 chapters before the first day of nursing school.
Good luck! 
May 21, '11I was so scared too, I dislike math but always knew that I needed it to be a nurse. I just passed my first semester in nursing school and got a 100 on my first drug calculation exam. Just breathe and study the material, you will do just fine it is actually a bit fun because you start to build confidence when you practice and become better and better best of luck to you


May 25, '11Don't sweat it. Dosage Calc is really not that hard. Take it from someone that struggled with math in prereqs. It was my weakest subject and I had to take remedial math before I could take college level math. I like to use dimensional analysis, its almost impossible to mess up that way. We have to get a 100% on our dosage test every semester. Most people do that on the 1st try even though we get 3 attempts. I actually look forward to dosage problems. There are 5 on every unit test we have so if you get them all right, that is 10 points. They are like freebie points to me. Don't sweat it, its not calculus.

May 26, '11If it makes you feel better, I know lots of nurses (including me... I hate maths) that are not math whizzes by any means! Like the others have said above, just know how to calculate. You will be fine and practice makes perfect. The more you do it, the more it will become second nature.

Jun 4, '11AGREE with everyone here...Dosage is just multiplication and division. AND your allowed a calculater (well i am at my school).