Why is nursing school so hard to get into? why do 2 year programs end up taking 4 years with all the prerecs? dont we need more nurses? one school said they only let in like one in every 4 applicants? dont even medical schools let in 1 in every 2?
last quarter i did really well got all As and bs this quarter i failed algebra and am struggling with a cplus in med term. I think some of it is the teachers i have this time. the med term one doesnt do much teaching we have almost no handouts and no assignments. the math guy was just way too fast for me.
I am seriously afraid I cant do this maybe i should just settle and be a medical assistant?
even if I get all good grades from here on out will my poor grades this quarter make it impossible for me to get in?
The basic math that you need to know for dosage calcs is covered by a book such as a GED Math Review book. Quadratic equations and square and cube roots and all that stuff from algebra are not necessary, so just struggle through it and get it off your checklist. You need ratios, proportions, how to set up an equation and manipulate it to solve for the unknown. Knowing English and SI units and some basic conversion factors and how to convert between the English and SI system is useful, too, but it's covered in the pharma book you'll get for RN.
Whatever you need to know for your algebra class is covered in your textbook. Maybe you are just not putting enough time and repetitions into med terminology (it's memorization, to me) and the algebera topics? It'd be best to use your algebra textbook, and just practice solving problems. It's the repetition that helps it become second nature.
Good luck! :-)
eta: Rio Salado online offers basic gen-ed classes of 8-week and 12-week duration, and they start a new term every Monday. That might be a way to get the algebra class done over the summer, if you are dedicated enough to sit down and work on it. Thumb through a GED Math book at your library or bookstore. See if the way it groups topics and all that is might be helpful to you.
Some colleges offer a special nursing math course for the RN program that is select topics from algebra but not all the superfluous things that a pure math major would study. If you can find one of those courses locally or online, you might get your school to accept it. If you are just collecting pre-reqs now, to apply to several RN programs later, then definitely see if you can take a nursing math class somewhere.
Last edit by TC3200 on Mar 4, '13