Anyone Doing Rn Program That Had A Hard Time In H.s Math??

  1. I WAS WONDERING IF ANYONE ELSE THAT IS IN A RN PROGRAM DIDNT DO SO WELL IN MATH IN HIGH SCHOOL. IM A LITTLE NERVOUS THAT THE MATH AND CHEMISRTY CLASSES WILL BE TOO MUCH FOR ME. I ALWAYS PASSED MY MATH CLASSES IN HIGH SCHOOL BUT USUALLY WITH A C OR D AVERAGE. ANYONE ELSE EVER BEEN IN THIS SITSUATION?? ANY ADVICE?? I DONT WANT THIS TO STOP ME FROM PURSUING MY DREAM!
    ANY ADVICE WOULD BE APPRECIATED! THANKS!
    wannabaRN
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  3. by   NotReady4PrimeTime
    To answer your question first, I had trouble with math and chemistry in high school, lots of trouble. But I was able to overcome that.

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  4. by   Lisa CCU RN
    How did you do in middle school math classes? That's what most dosage questions are based on. If you really think you will have trouble, just learn dimensional analysis.
  5. by   Daytonite
    you need to be able to do math at the pre-algebra level. you would probably do well to take a class in pre-algebra at sinclair while you are waiting to get into kettering's program. i am going to give you a couple of links where you can go online for free and work on some basic math on your own. also, if you haven't already been on these nursing student forums at allnurses, you will find plenty of threads addressing this very topic of concern of yours. i have given you links to get to two of these forums as well.

    http://www.math.com/homeworkhelp/basicmath.html - this is the site of math.com. i linked you into the page for basic math. this site gives you good step-by-step explanations of the various subjects in each section in nice easy language.

    http://amby.com/educate/math/ - a basic math tutorial

    https://allnurses.com/forums/f198/ - the pre-nursing student forum
    http://allnurses.com/forums/f205/ - nursing student assistance forums
    https://allnurses.com/forums/f50/ - the general nursing student discussion forum
  6. by   SkateBetty
    I was a failure in math and science as a kid, and never went past Algebra I (which I passed with a D). I also dropped Chemistry with a pass as a young adult when I took my first pre-req for nursing school. That was it, I gave up, until as a mature adult I took Algebra I and II, making A's. Then I went for that ever-looming black cloud of Chemistry, which had hung over me for over 20 years. I made an A in that class too, and that's when I decided to go for it, and take all my pre-reqs, and get on with nursing school. Zooming ahead, I have been an R.N. for 7 months now, and graduated with honors last December, having made only one B throughout nursing school. For me, success was never a matter of intelligence, but one of confidence and determination, qualities that came to me as an adult.
  7. by   Jules A
    They weren't my best subjects but I didn't think the math was all that hard in the nursing courses. Haven't you had to take math and chemistry for your pre-reqs? Good luck.
  8. by   West_Coast_Ken
    Quote from SkateBetty
    For me, success was never a matter of intelligence, but one of confidence and determination, qualities that came to me as an adult.
    SkateBetty and I have had much the same experience...didn't do well in high school but have blown the doors off years later in college and nursing classes.

    You can do it. The past is over--it is not what you can do in the future...it's what happened "back then."

    Regards,

    Ken
  9. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    I was never any good at High School math. Not for certain whether i was just that bad at it, or if it had to do with an over crowded classroom (if you got there late, you had to sit on the floor) or a teacher who had a mouse-like voice, and a short fuse about everything.
  10. by   S.N. Visit
    I had horrible math teachers in H.S, however, I took a 6 week remedial math course in college and learned more in a couple of months than I did in my entire 4 yrs of H.S. I think if you have a good teacher, you will do well in math.
  11. by   RN34TX
    I had to repeat 8th grade math.
    It was so humiliating to be a 9th grader sitting in an 8th grade math class.
    I was so stigmatized by that experience and afraid of failing math again that I took the easiest "consumer math" class I could sign up for just to finish high school.

    I avoided math until I was 23 and finally faced my fear. I took the plunge and signed up for pre-algebra as my entrance exams recommended that I start there in community college.

    On the first day of class I walked by the classroom 5 times before I finally got the nerve to set foot in the classroom.

    She was one of the best teachers I ever had in college and thoroughly enjoyed teaching adults who had a hard time with math in high school.
    She also taught dosage calc. to the LPN and RN students and worked diligently with students until they "caught on" for hours long after class was over.

    I was blessed a second time at another school with a great algebra teacher.
    She also taught statistics so I signed up for her stats class as well and made an "A".

    There are great math teachers out there and sometimes you have to ask around and do some research to find them. The teacher can make all the difference in the world.
  12. by   MIA-RN1
    Quote from wannabaRN
    I WAS WONDERING IF ANYONE ELSE THAT IS IN A RN PROGRAM DIDNT DO SO WELL IN MATH IN HIGH SCHOOL. IM A LITTLE NERVOUS THAT THE MATH AND CHEMISRTY CLASSES WILL BE TOO MUCH FOR ME. I ALWAYS PASSED MY MATH CLASSES IN HIGH SCHOOL BUT USUALLY WITH A C OR D AVERAGE. ANYONE ELSE EVER BEEN IN THIS SITSUATION?? ANY ADVICE?? I DONT WANT THIS TO STOP ME FROM PURSUING MY DREAM!
    ANY ADVICE WOULD BE APPRECIATED! THANKS!
    wannabaRN
    I had a really hard time with math in high school, stopped in my sophomore year after taking geometry twice and finally passing w/ a 66.
    Chemistry in college was tough but I passed with a C.
    I did great in nursing and the math is pretty basic, just a couple formula's really to memorize.
  13. by   novanurse77
    Yes, I recently graduated from a BSN/RN program and I always had trouble with HS math and science and would get c's and d's. In fact one of my HS teachers told me i could never be a nurse. While in College/nursing school I got had tutors for my chemistry and bio classes and got B's. I did well in statistics and when doing dosage calculations in school i'd do it three times to make sure there are no errors. With that being said yes you can get through Nursing school too. If you have trouble in nursing school get tutors/help early.
  14. by   cjohn99
    I am finishing up with school this Dec. and NEVER even took algebra in high school. I also graduated from high school in 1977. A long time ago! We needed a 100% on the last semester's med calculation test and I got it on the first try. Take a good remedial algebra course (or two like I did) and do not worry about it. The instructors will show you the formulas to use and short-cuts. Get with a tutor if needed. Good luck!

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