Down in the Dumps. - page 2

I was accepted to a university in PA as a pre-nursing major. I haven't even started yet and I already feel miserable and am looking at Plan B majors. I'm not good at math and the pre-reqs are... Read More

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    congratulations on your acceptance!!

    let me say that i like you, am also terrible at math!! math and i don't get along !! i have had issues ever since the 5th grade.
    i also started taking chem in HS [that was 14 years ago-gosh, i am old!!] and found it to be to complicating, i got frustrated, and dropped it.

    now with that being said, lets fast forward from that HS point 10 years...

    i took chemistry 2 years back and got an A, granted it wasn't an easy A, but i did it. i also have taken 2 math classes and gotten A's in those as well, i am set up to take another math class this fall as well...

    i just finished my first semester of RN school and math is a MUST! i opted to take a drug calculation elective that helped me out so much [highly recommend if you get the chance], i passed the class with a B and most recently took our nursing math exam for first semester students and got a 100%. i worked very hard to get that 100%, asking questions if i didn't understand and getting extra worksheets for practice.

    i was in the same mind set as you, freaked out about the chem and math, but i made it thru and i know you can too!

    one other suggestion, my college has a math center as well as a science center for those that need that extra help. i would check it out and see if your facility has the same thing.

    best of luck! you got this

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    I don't know what your nursing school's program entails, but we had to take a math test at the beginning of every semester, and had to make at least 90% on it. My chemistry class was all math, but I took a class meant for engineering students because that was the only one I could get in at the time. Also, most nursing schools have a statistics class for students that are not planning a degree in math, engineering, etc. I know my university had a statistics class especially meant for the nursing students. Buy yourself the drug calculation book that you will need for nursing school, and go ahead and start studying it. When I first got out of nursing school, way back when, we had to calculate all of our drips ourselves, such as dopamine rates, that sort of thing, but now most hospitals have IV pumps that do all the calculating for you, so once you start working, there really isn't much math involved anymore. Most of the drugs come in unit doses these days. It really isn't all that hard. I once couldn't work without a calculator in my hand, but nowadays I rarely use one, because everything is already done for you.
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    Here is a math tip, you must do the homework and if the problem is you spend hours on a math problem and can't get the right answer there is a solution. It's called a "solutions" manual and is a supplement to math textbooks. Colleges might not offer them, but if you look in the math book it will tell you about available supplements and you can then order the solutions manual online.

    Helped me get thru College Algebra, it is wonderful because it shows you how to get the right answer so you don't spend hours getting a wrong one and not know why! Highly recommend it to anyone that struggles with math, a wonderful resource, I don't know why it's not more highly publicized! Math is about knowing the formulas and once you know then doing the homework helps ground the formulas in your brain! It really works!

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