I wouldn't worry too much about the test. You most likely won't get fired or have anything bad happen to you if you don't pass the test (or is this a pre-employment test?) Most employers will go over the questions you missed and teach you how to do the math for those problems ...and you will retake the test. If this is a pre-employment test...I am not sure how they work things. Just relax and take some deep breaths before you take the exam. You will probably do fine. Most of the math is very basic on these tests.
I never had a pre-employment test. My tests were always in orientation and were multiple choice. The problems were all drug dosage and IV drip problems with some medication questions mixed in. Know your drug calculations and your five rights of medication administration and you'll be fine.
Ooooppps! I see this is a medication test, not a math test. Still, you will be fine. The medications will most likely be the most common ones like lasix, etc. My medication tests focused on the five rights like I mentioned before. There were also some drug functions, side effects, etc. You probably know more than you think about these medications. I agree with sharran...if two answers seem correct, pick the one that is more correct...or throw out the one that is less correct. I find the hospital tests to be easier than the nursing school tests. You will do fine. Once again, good luck!
Sep 25, '02
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One hospital gave a medication test prior to interviewing me. They said it was policy. I had to sit in the waiting room with other people who weren't testing. I was using a calculator. I can't stand math, especially dividing big numbers. Half way through the HR rep sees that I am using a calculator (I wasn't told I couldn't, when given the test), she told me then that I couldn't use it. I wasn't able to finish the rest of the test. I knew the formulas, how to set up the math problems, it was just dividing to get the final number, which proves nothing of my nursing ability. Well I got the first half of the test right since I used the calculator, but it wasn't enough for me to pass, so they sent me home with a study packet and told me to come back in a week. Well I decided against it. They didn't even tell me the salary, or the available postions, or give me a tour, they didn't even interview me!! I found it very discouarging that they only found me worthy of a position if I passed their test. And the HR rep was very rude and knew nothing about nursing.
Sep 25, '02
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We give the NLN medication test as part of the pre-employment screening process. We also give the prospective employee a study guide, they can set their own time to take the test and can use a calculator.
What we have found is that if someone has problems with the med test, they often end up having other kinds of problems with performance in nursing. Not scientific just an observation.