passed first drug calc test!!!

Hello All,
Just wanted to share my accomplishment with everyone here! I PASSED MY FIRST DRUG CALC TEST!!! Please understand why this is sooo important to me, I absolutely SUCK at math! I have a very bad math anxiety and I STILL passed! I can actually do this! Just wanted to share my joy! Anyone that do not like math, please understand it's not that bad. If I can do it, anyone can! Keep hope alive! 

Mar 23, '07Congratulations!!
I also am not good at math, but will give it my best when the time comes.
Blessings to you!! 

Mar 24, '07Congrats!!! Isnt it great when we surprise ourselves with how much we really have learned


Mar 24, '07Congratulations. I also suck at Math. Just out of curiosity, what exactly was on the test? I have thought about possibly doing some examples here and there to keep brushed up on my math.

Mar 24, '07Quote from jbjintsOur drug calc test had a lot of converting grams to milligrams and lbs to kilograms and visa versus, as well as calculating tablets. There were no IV drip rates on this test but it will be on the next test where you have to get 90% to pass. It's not so bad. Just concentrate on your conversions, for lbs, ounces, milligrams, grams, liters, and mL. Also concentrate on converting inches to centimeters. It wasnt half as bad as my College Algebra class which I absolutely hated. At least there were no graphing a coordinate point (as in Algebra).Congratulations. I also suck at Math. Just out of curiosity, what exactly was on the test? I have thought about possibly doing some examples here and there to keep brushed up on my math.
Good luck! 
Mar 24, '07i took the same thing i sopose
the only question that sticks out and im not too sure if i got right went something like this
the patient needs 0.005 g of medication, the tablet comes in 2.5 mg what amount should you give? i think its half a tablet but then i changed it last minute..what do you guys think? 
Mar 25, '07bklyngirl...
Actually, if the patient needs .005 grams (or 5 mg), you should give 2 tablets (if each is 2.5 mg) to give the proper amount of medication...
I always write down my thought process for these questions (no matter how simple) because I find it so easy to get tripped up.
WANT: 0.005 grams x (1000 mg / gram) = 5 mg
HAVE: 2.5 mg = (1/2) what I want...
so DOSE = 2 x (2.5 mg) tablets
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Mar 29, '08Quote from nurse2be09Hello All,
Just wanted to share my accomplishment with everyone here! I PASSED MY FIRST DRUG CALC TEST!!! Please understand why this is sooo important to me, I absolutely SUCK at math! I have a very bad math anxiety and I STILL passed! I can actually do this! Just wanted to share my joy! Anyone that do not like math, please understand it's not that bad. If I can do it, anyone can! Keep hope alive!
Thanks for the inspiration. I'm not bad at math, well not terrible, it's just that I picked up out book and I have been looking at it without instruction as of yet and it looks overwhelming. But.I do have a tendency to worry too soon sometimes. I will step back and remember what you said. Thanks ! 
Mar 29, '08Congrats!
We just started learning drug calcs in class. We were supposed to have our calc test on Monday. However, when this teacher (who I really like btw) tried to explain it to us on Tuesday of last week, she just wound up confusing the whole class. I don't think math's her "thing" b/c she kept on confusing the units (called mg's mL's etc), which in turn confused us.
So she's postponing it. She said she'd go over it with us on Monday. I spent some time today with it, and it really isn't too bad. We don't have to do IV rates until our second year in school. I'm assuming we do heparin rates later as well. 
Mar 29, '08we had our first drug calc test about a month ago..i failed the first one,well not failed...i missed one....didnt label....had to get 100 to pass...so the 2nd time around i dotted ALL my eyes and crossed ALL my t's....and got that 100......so happy too....cause i stink at math too....
this week we had to give meds in the lab...we had a PT and the dr orders and the MARS.....had to it all....it was all POs and one nitro paste.....the first time i failed......i had to give 0.125 of dig and it came as 0.25......do you think i could do the math on that simple dose....NOPE...PANICED....i did.....i even did the dose desired over dose on hand formula....i even came up with 0.5.....1/2....and i came the poor lady 2!!!....i thought......well..i didnt know what i thought at that point.....i was so flustered.....i did everything else perfect though.....anyway.....i was much more relaxed the 2nd time and passed perfectly........i had to give 0.25 of dig and it only came 0.125.....now that is 2....
I have given meds and shots in clinicals....but my instructor is there EVERY step of the way...in the lab....she just sat there and let us do it all on our own.....said we can let you make mistakes here...but not in the hospital....thats why they do the pass or fail thing....yoiu get 3 tries then your out.....you need to remember to ask there AP pulse rate,their BP and thier potasium level...cause i gave potasium too.....
i can not wait to be a real nurse......i want it so bad
paula