Can I become a nurse if I'm not great at math? - page 2

by dolphincatch

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In the future, I hope to be a nurse but right now I'm finishing a nine month medical assistant program. The math is fairly easy because there's no algebra. One of my instructors is a doctor and he said I better become great at... Read More


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    I'm pretty crummy at math, but med calculations are a piece of cake. Once you know how to set your problems up, it's pretty simple.
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    Definitely!!!a lot of my classmates in nursing school confessed that they chose nursing school because they thought that math is not going to be a problem, however, they were wrong! But still, we all survived nursing school...all things can be learned for sure! One of my fears too, are math subjects, as I view it as one of my weakness, I am not good at numbers! but when I actually focused on math and took time to learn about it ( by myself..I read..I practice, I solve math problems on my own), I found out that it's actually an easy subject! You just have to put your heart in what you're doing for you to be good at it!If math is you weakness, make ways to strengthen it! study hard and ask help from other (tutor) good luck and hoping all the best for you!
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    Just because you are not 'good at math' NOW does not mean you never will be. You can learn anything you set your mind to learn.

    Pretend for a minute you were 'not good at knitting'. What would happen if you spent an hour a day doing nothing but practicing your knitting? You'd get better, right?

    What would happen if you honestly spent an hour per day working on your math skills?

    PS Believe it or not, when I went to nursing school, there were NO CALCULATORS! Seriously - the first one I bought for my husband's Christmas gift cost $30 (and I was making $4/ hour as an LPN- so it was a major investment. )
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    You have been telling yourself you're not good at math. Now, today, this is the last day you will do this. If you catch yourself saying it out loud or to yourself, you will stop immediately.

    From now on you will tell yourself, "Look at all those nurses out there. Some of them are not as smart as I am, and they can do it. I can do this." The instant you catch yourself saying anything else, stop and repeat this out loud.

    Then go take a remedial high school-level basic algebra I class. This is all you will need. Although I have to say I am really shocked that some schools do not have a math prerequisite; perhaps that accounts for all the wailing requests for help for what should be easy problems in the ballpark of, "You have 125cc of fluid to give over four hours. How many cc/hr do you set your pump for?"
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    A lot of people who "are not good at math" are worse at it simply because of nerves. Grntea's comment was similar to my point. If you're all nervous about learning something, it's very difficult to absorb the new info. If this is you then try to relax and not worry about anything but what you're working on at the moment, easier said than done I'm sure . But you can do it!
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    Quote from dolphincatch
    In the future, I hope to be a nurse but right now I'm finishing a nine month medical assistant program. The math is fairly easy because there's no algebra. One of my instructors is a doctor and he said I better become great at math otherwise there's no chance of me ever becoming a nurse. I'm great at anatomy/physiology, science, and anything not involving math. Whenver I'm being taught math, I just can't understand it no matter how many times people teach me. This makes me feel very sad because all my life, all I've ever wanted was to become a nurse but the reality is that if I don't become proficient then it will never happen. Does anyone have any advice for me?
    You don't need advanced math to be a nurse. All that is mostlly required is intermediate-college algebra, which is quite equivalent to Algebra II. It's nothing harcore like Calculus III or something.. Don't put your hopes down already! lol You just need to master math at a certain level.... and I believe that it does serve a importance role nursing; in adminstrating meds. Everybody can learn math, it just takes some patience and determination. And remember that will every challenge comes a gift.
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    I am terrible at Math too, and knowing its a weakness for me tends to make it worse. After failing Algebra 1 multiple times (mostly b/c I gave up), I decided to take it again before applying to my nursing program. Last semester I got a B+, and this semester I will finish algebra 2 with hopefully the same grade. The class I am in is self paced, and you mostly teach yourself. I need to finish it in order to get my associates in Early Childhood Ed, but more importantly I needed to prove to myself that I could do it! If taking a class like that at a community college is an option then I would try it out. My highest scores on the NLN PN exam were highest in math!! good luck!
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    Case in point...I started my new job this week, had a nursing test. Had a in depth review, got a 100!!! I took a deep breath, knew my formulas, plugged in the info, and got it done! I am working in Peds...PICU to be exact, so there is CONSTANT checking on proper medication and safe dosage. And I didn't have this math in over two years, but I know my formula and can do the work. I have every confidence you can get tis monkey off your back!!!
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    I LOVE what GrnTea said, "Today is the LAST day you will tell yourself you are not good at math". I swear to you, I JUST had this conversation with my 10 year old daughter in the car on the way home from school today. I looked over at her and asked her to repeat after me. She looked up with her sweet little eyes wondering what I was going to say. Then, I said, repeat after Mommy, "I AM awesome at math and I can do ANYTHING I set my mind to do". She said it out loud, and claimed her ability to excel in math.

    I felt compelled to do this, because like you, I walked around for YEARS, saying out loud, "I suck at math". I said it enough through out my life, and it became my truth. Last year I took a placement test at my local community college, and placed into elementary algebra (God only knows how I did that). I had enough common sense to know that I was not ready, so I registered one step below, which is pre-algebra. I was determined to build a solid foundation in math and knew that if I could master fractions, percentages, decimals, proportions, integers, etc., that I would have not only obtain a good solid start, but my confidence would be boosted as well.

    I received a high A. It took hard work, and determination. I went to every class. If I was stuck, I saw a tutor in our math lab, OR came home and logged into Khan Academy to see if I could find help there. I wanted so bad to suceed. My teacher saw my effort and determination and recommended that my next course be a blended elementary/intermediate class. The class was considered accelerated and would meet, 2x's per week, for 3.5 hours each session. I nearly died when she told me I should enroll. You see, I still at that moment did not believe in myself, but my teacher believed in me. She didn't know I carried around so many insecurities, she simply saw my effort, and BELIEVED in me.

    I took her advice, and enrolled in the course, and I am in it now. This is what I've learned about myself, not only am I pretty good at math, but I LOVE it. I love tackling algebra problems and I'm excited for each opportunity to learn something new. My teacher is phenominal, and I've connected with other students, and we all work together to support each other. By the way, just remember, other students are just as nervous as you, and many lack the belief in themselves, just like you. So far, I am handling the class very well. I walk out of there feeling as if I've accomplished something amazing.

    This is why, I told my sweet girl to say it out loud, "I AM awesome at math"! It all starts with a belief, make it a positive one...
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    Wow! I am the same exact way. I have like a dyslexia with math. I get very verry frustrated with math. No amount of people explaining would help. Obviously I cant really give you any advice as i am in the same boat, but thanks for posting this question and thanks to everyone for answering!!!! Looking forward to see how you do/did.


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