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Dosage calculations tutor needed

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I see someone commented on one post they wouldn't mind helping teaching dosages to someone else. If anyone is interested in tutoring dosage calculations for free please let me know. I'm trying to find someone before classes start and so nervous to the point where it's depressing not knowing if I would have someone to help me along the way if my first semester. Thanks for reading! Also I'm in Louisiana if that helps but I'm sure online or phone helps.

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AnnieOaklyRN is a BSN, RN, EMT-P and specializes in ED, Pedi Vasc access, Paramedic serving 6 towns.

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I don't think you are going to find someone to do this for free to be honest. You should be able to get these services at your college or university for free though! I would ask you school, and there are also TONS of books available to help you better understand medication related math.

Good luck.

Annie

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The commonest joke, that has a lot of truth to it, is nurses hate math. I'm living proof of that.

Try to relax, you're getting nervous and depressed over nothing. Seventy five percent of your classmates are nervous about drug dosages also.

I'm simplifying it but honestly the drug dosages are going to be basic. The doctor ordered 500 mg, (and I'm awful with the metric system), the vial has 1000 mg. How much do you give. Answer: half of the vial.

Think of it as cooking. If you double or half a recipe you can figure it out. It's similar with drug dosages.

As AnnieOakly said there are many inexpensive dumbed down nursing drug books available.

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While I agree with AnnieOakley, there are many here willing to help if you have difficulty with a problem or problems. When you post the problem take care that the information you post is accurate and complete. When you post a question please post what you have done so far to work the problem as this shows not only that you attempted the problem, but more importantly we can see where your having difficulty.

Don't overly stress yourself over this before you start. As brownbook stated, a majority of the math you are going to be asked to solve is very basic, as long as you don't over complicate the issue. And your program should gradually introduce you to more complicated problems. There are a handful of formulas that some recommend, and while I still use a few of these as I'm a dinosaur and that's what I was taught as a paramedic 30 years ago, I tend to use dimensional analysis (DA) more frequently now and encourage new nurses to do so as well as there are no problems in which DA won't work.

Brad, one of the members that posts here, is retired pharmacist. He has written a text for pharmacy techs which he has posted in this thread. I think you will find the chapter on DA helpful.

Best wishes.

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