I'm horrible at math. I am actually taking some remedial Algebra classes to catch up. I don't have to take these because I have already had college level Algebra from my previous Bachelor of Arts degree. One of the reasons I pursued Journalism was so I could get out of taking math classes.
I graduated with my first degree in 1986. So re-learning math has been difficult. I tried taking remedial Beginning Algebra last semester. I had to drop it because Chemistry consumed my whole life.
I have BIO 110 this semester, along with Sociology. I'd like to take the CNA class, but I cannot afford to get another B. (I got a B in Chemistry.)
The thing that I just do not understand is why we cannot use a very basic calculator for the Nursing School Entrance Exam. I could understand if you weren't allowed to use a scientific calculator.
I was wondering if this was the case with everyone. Do any of you know if you can use a basic calculator. You only get a minute and a half to answer the math problems. I feel, especially on the word problems, if you are smart enough to set them up, a calculator would just be a quicker way to get the final answer. If you could not set up the problem right, then a calculator wouldn't do you much good.
I'm sorry about ranting about this. It is just I don't see the point in banning basic calculators. I also wanted to know if any of you can use a calculator.
Dec 25, '06
I always thought it was stupid also but ...
Might as well get used to it. They never let us use calculators throughout our nursing program. You had to do all math by hand every semester.
We had a math test every semester and we had math problems on not all but most of the tests ... even the finals. It's just a fact of life in nursing school.
But I wouldn't panic over it. People who thought they were really bad at math did fine ... they just practiced it until they got it. Be sure to practice long division if you're rusty on that. And know your conversions.
The biggest mistakes people made, actually, was not practicing/studying beforehand. And ... not reading the question carefully before they did the calculations, not so much with the math itself.
Last edit by Sheri257 on Dec 25, '06
Dec 26, '06
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I also hate word problems like, "Two trains leaves the station at 1pm. One train is going x miles per hour; the other train leaves another station at the same time going x miles per hour. What time will the two trains meet?" I hate that crap.
I wouldn't take extra math courses or practice math that I didn't need. Problems like the one mentioned above aren't going to help you with nursing math. Just focus on what you need to learn for nursing.
See if you can find out what kind of books or computer programs they're using at your nursing school. At my schoool, they used the ProCalc math program extensively so ... that's what I practiced on.
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It also bothers me that I could set up the problem correctly, and hastily make a small math error, and get the answer wrong. That is so maddening. Because the exam is scan-tron, I assume, there would be no possibility for partial credit.
Yeah ... that's just the way it is. It is maddening but, the reason they're so tough on it, I think, is if you get the math wrong then ... you make a med error. Obviously, they don't want you making med errors.
I actually caught a couple of MD med errors in the hospital, mostly because of the math tests I took in school. There is a method to the madness, if that's any consolation.
Last edit by Sheri257 on Dec 26, '06