Ok, i am scared to death. I am starting my clinicals this fall, and I have read alot of the threads the last hour on here that say how important Algebra is for your clinicals. I have completed all my pre reqs (except Microbiology, which I'm taking and just started for this summer semester), and not one of my general classes I have taken have been a math. My problems is, i never even made it to pre algebra in high school.:imbar What should I do?? I wish i would have known about this forum while I was doing my pre-reqs for the last few years, so i could learn algebra. I am starting my clinicals in 3 months, with only *basic* math background. What do I do???????????? PLS HELP, i just lost my confidence.
P.S. Too late to enroll for summer, I'm already taking 3 classes.:uhoh21:
May 21, '04
Okay, lemme share how I got past this--first thing to do is get past the terror! :chuckle Me, all my life I have loved math, arithmetic really--got as far as calculus before a divorce got in the way and I had to drop out. I'm the sort who calculates my mpg, distance left to go before getting to my next major city on a trip, and my minutes per mile (not mph....) in my head. I actually like that stuff. But I was panicked about med math!
We had to take "math mastery quizzes" each semester in my first nursing school. We were told solemnly that we would have three chances and had to make a 90 to pass. I'm so invested in becoming a nurse, before I knew it, I was terrified! And my dramatic-ly panicking classmates weren't any help at all.
I actually flunked a couple of those stupid quizzes before I "discovered" that it was a lot easier than those calculations I do in my head.
First, I learned the abbreviations, most of which I knew from cooking, baking and making baby formula years ago. How many minims in a whatsis, etc. was a pretty short list once I got rid of the stuff I already knew. (Until then I didn't recognize that having that long list--even though I knew most of the items--made the molehill look like a mountain.)
Then I realized, all I have to do is conversions. That's it! I started out with the medication as it was supplied and kept multiplying with equivalent ratios (like 1 hour/60 minutes) because all that did was multiply by one (which changes nothing, right?), in the direction of the ordered amount and rate, and voila! I did it!
This may seem complicated, but once you do one or two and come back and look at this explanation again, you will be amazed at how clear and simple it is. If you are able to see it as a puzzle to be solved, and give yourself a nice pat on the back when you succeed, it will become fun!
When all else fails: recall that this is not rocket science, and plenty of people with a lot less going for them than we have, have mastered this stuff in the past.
You'll do fine! Enjoy it!
Last edit by chris_at_lucas on May 21, '04