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- The reason why every entrance test and every nursing class tests on math is because of how critical math is in nursing. If the math portion is severely holding you back, you may need to remediate in math.
I would not want a nurse who is incompetent in math to care for me. I would hate for someone to give me 112 mg of synthroid instead of 112 mcg because of a calculation error.
- Oh I know all about that. I'm not bad at calculations and measurements. We learned about that in my CNA class. I'm just not good at advanced math like algebra, etc.
- Jul 28, '12 by x_factorQuote from JennMcKI suggest a tutor, if nursing is what you want to do. You will run into algebra while pursuing your RN. A typical college algebra course is a standard pre-req at most colleges.Oh I know all about that. I'm not bad at calculations and measurements. We learned about that in my CNA class. I'm just not good at advanced math like algebra, etc.
- I'm actually thinking of becoming an LVN rather than an RN. But we'll see.
- I was at an LPN program for a semester before I transferred to my current college. We had to take college algebra there too.
- I would probably have to as well. I think it varies from state to state. Where do you live? I live in California.
- Louisiana. They seem to be more strict than a lot of other states as far LPNs go. The shortest I've seen is 15 months, but most are bordering on 2 years. It was only going to take me an extra year and I'll have my BSN vs. the LPN so I switched.
I'm not trying to get you down. I think you should enroll in basic math classes. That way you'll have more practice under your belt before moving on to the math in nursing.
- Jul 28, '12 by x_factorI'm in Louisiana, I did a year in LPN school and transferred to do my pre-reqs for my RN. Math was very much a part of LPN school, and is very much a part of my pre-reqs for my RN.
If you plan to be ANY type of nurse, you are going to have math. I suggest remedial classes, tutoring, or some other way to help you improve your math skills. Trying to avoid something because it's difficult is not the way to go. Getting around the math portion of nursing school is all but impossible, and for good reason. 0.02 and 0.2 can mean the difference between life and death when medicating a patient.
- Jul 29, '12 by JennMcKYeah I think I'll need to do that (the tutoring), although I have spoken to other nurses and they told me that they were bad at math and still managed to do it. They told me, "You'll learn it as you go along in nursing school." They also told me that the teachers were very helpful as well when they were having issues.
- Jul 29, '12 by Miiki✿I don't have a doubt that you could learn it as you need it, but it'll make school in general harder if you have to take time to study math rather than the nursing content. I still say you should take a class and/or be tutored and don't let anything bring down your chances of success.