math and dosage calc. & nursing fundamentals

  1. On a scale of 1 to 10 how tuogh are these classes? (Math and dosage calculations & fundamentals of nursing) I have all of my academics completed and only have my nursing courses left. I was just excepted into the nursing program and will start with these 2 classes and i am not sure what to exspect.
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  3. by   ItsyBitsySpider
    For myself, dosage calc was incorporated into our Fundamentals course. On a scale of 1-10 I would say a 5, it's not too hard but there was tonssss of information. Good luck!
  4. by   essarge
    I didn't find either one hard but I did have to study. These two courses are the foundation for the rest of your nursing courses.
  5. by   GPatty
    Nursing fundamentals was easy for me, cause I had been a CNA for so long,a dn it was just a review of the basics.
    Dosage Calc was a different story though. I'm thankful we had an excellent teacher who would take time and help whenever she was needed!
    Just study and you'll do fine!
  6. by   srose
    Those classes were combined into one for us, difficulty-wise I would give them a 2 or 3, they just expected us to do tons of reading and watch videos, etc, so they were really time-consuming. But the material involved was NOT difficult. It was all about organization and time-management for me.
  7. by   SteelTownRN
    Med calc is not tough. The only math involved is addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. You work with several zero placeholders, and of course, decimals. Some schools let you use calculators, so that helps. Med calc can be tough if you hate math, like I did. But, I had to just sit down and make it make sense to me in order to achieve my goal and graduate. There are two ways to work the math, one very old and antiquated method "ratio and proporation" and one very new and up to date method "dimansional analysis" (like what you use in chemistry and other sciences).
  8. by   nekhismom
    Fundamentals was the hardest nursing class yet, because i had no experience and a new teacher. Drug dose was hard because the new teacher did not know how to put a decimal point in the right place, let alone TEACH students how to calculate. Another teacher taught us and it ended up being very simple. just get a good study partner and you will be ok.
  9. by   dosamigos76
    I went to our bookstore and purchased Quick and Easy Dosage Calculations using Dimensional Analysis by Nasrawi and Allender. The book is awesome! I am also a first semester student-starting the 25th, and thought it would be a good idea to work ahead. I love this method of drug calculations-it makes sense and isn't hard.
  10. by   leslieRN2B
    Our calculations was part of our basic pharm class. It was not hard to figure out how to calculate doses...desire over, we used the textbook Calculate with Confidence and it made it a lot easier. As for involved A LOT of reading. But as it has been said on other posts it is the foundation of all the other nursing courses. I didn't find it too terribly hard. Just be gets alot harder...good luck to you!
  11. by   moebabie
    Does anyone know if there is a math calculation test on the first day on NUR 1410 Foundations of Nursing for Fall 2012 @ Oakland Community College?