Calculator not permitted?! - page 7

The school I'm going to doesn't allow its students to use calculators for dosage calculations. This scares me. are dosage calculations possible, and comprehensible without calculators?... Read More

  1. by   ortess1971
    Quote from tddowney

    I'm about 18 years older than you, and I thought the nuns had stopped whackin' fingers before you got to school.

    I don't recall if I ever got my hand smacked for counting with my fingers, but they drilled math into us enough to where I can do a lot in my head, and with paper and pencil, just about anything.

    BTW, did the ground where you live tilt from morning to afternoon, so you walked uphill both ways?
    My Catholic school had a lot of nuns teaching, at least in the early grades. We still got whacked-one of the nuns, I think she had dementia. She taught library skills and locked a boy in the supply closet for the remainder of the class period. I had long, long hair as a little girl and would wear them in braids. I got them yanked by the nun on more than one occasion. I had strict parents so if I went home and told them that I got in trouble in school, I'd get in trouble at home too. My public school friends were always horrified when I'd tell them what went on at our school. In the cafeteria, if you got hot lunch and didn't clean your plate, the nun that oversaw the cafeteria would make you sit down and finish, because of all the unfortunate children who were hungry. I'm not kidding! The catholic schools were allowed to get away with a lot, and many parents didn't call them on it, because many of the parents went to Catholic school too and they survived. I bet teachers in public schools wish they had 1/100th of the disciplinary power those nuns had though! Even though some of those nuns were wacko, I think it primed me in a big way for nursing school. A lot of those instructors are very nunlike in the sense that they use intimidation to teach. Therefore, I work well under fear. Anytime, I had a "tough" instructor, I simply pictured her in a nun's habit!
    Last edit by ortess1971 on Aug 13, '06
  2. by   azhiker96
    Quote from tddowney
    A calculator doesn't insure accuracy. It's easy to enter an incorrect digit, or misplace a decimal, or turn the equation around.

    You still have to double check, and have at least a ballpark idea of what the correct answer is, so that you know if the answer you get is reasonable.
    :yeahthat: I still chuckle about a convenience store clerk. I bought a cup of coffee and paid with a $10 bill. She entered it wrong in the register and tried to give me almost $19 in change! I had to argue with her. She remembered I gave her a $10 but insisted the register was correct.
  3. by   caroladybelle
    Quote from Finallyy
    Your sarcasm is appreciated.

    I was given a prognosis and I obviously beat it or I wouldn't be sitting here today.

    If I ever make it far enough to become a nurse, I'll actually have some compassion too.

    I have beat my prognosis, so far by about 23 years, so I generally do not refer to myself as having been "terminally" ill. But I suppose if others wish to, that is to them. But it may confuse others.
    Last edit by caroladybelle on Aug 13, '06
  4. by   DarlinNurseRed
    Very nice examples, Pheebz777. Cheers to you!
  5. by   tddowney
    Quote from RNsRWe
    Makes me think of something an instructor said when we were beginning to prepare for dosage calc test first semester: once you've reached an answer, LOOK AT IT. Does it make sense? If you're being asked to take whatever med is on hand in tablet form, calculate out how much of it you will need to give to fulfill MD order, does it seem reasonable that the answer would be 48 pills??? Also, pay attention to those pesky decimals <grin>: does it make sense you'd give 26 mls of something, or 2.6?

    Gotta be able to think
    48 pills does seem a bit high. Or, 0.0048 pills might also be suspect.