# LPN math?

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So i know being a nurse requires some math...and thats my weakest subject. How hard is the math for LPN's? I feel confident in everything else but math is kind of discouraging me, making me feel kind of uneasy and nervous. I do want to be a nurse, i became a CNA, now doing my prerequisites for LPN and soon RN in the future. I've always told myself that i'd never get a career that requires math but here i am doing something that may require some math calculations with dosages and etc. Can someone just explain how hard it is? Or does it become easy to understand and learn eventually? I need some relief, encouragment, and tips. Please and thank you. (:

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I'm horrible at math. I avoided going into the nursing program for years because of it. I watched slot of videos from khan academy and did dosage calculations non stop. Also, we were able to use basic calculators during tests (provided by the teacher) I'm so surprised that I passed pharmacology! Just practice, practice, practice!

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So i know being a nurse requires some math...and thats my weakest subject. How hard is the math for LPN's? I feel confident in everything else but math is kind of discouraging me, making me feel kind of uneasy and nervous. I do want to be a nurse, i became a CNA, now doing my prerequisites for LPN and soon RN in the future. I've always told myself that i'd never get a career that requires math but here i am doing something that may require some math calculations with dosages and etc. Can someone just explain how hard it is? Or does it become easy to understand and learn eventually? I need some relief, encouragment, and tips. Please and thank you. (:

I don't think nursing math is particularly difficult. It's concrete, applicable, and makes sense. I'm not very good at high level maths, but nursing math/dosage calculations are simple as long as you have a good grasp of basic multiplication, division, addition and subtraction.

You'll have to memorize a few simple formulas and conversions.

You can do it!!

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Hi- I was in the same situation as you are in. I hated math, and was honestly a little afraid of it. I took math for allied health for my LPN pre-req. I was shaky at first, but once you get the basic concepts down, you will be fine. Please don't get discouraged, you can do this!!! One tip- you tube has some great videos on math for nurses, sometimes the you tube videos are easier to understand than the text books are.

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That's very true- you need to know some conversions for dosages, but once you get the formulas down, you'll be fine!

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I feel the exact same way!!!! I get anxiety just thinking about math sometimes. I've never really been good at math AT ALL . I've always tried avoiding careers that involved any serious math . Just recently I started my LPN program and to be honest, I felt extremely discouraged in my math class ; I felt so left behind. But once I got home , something just clicked in my head and I told myself that I've always wanted to be a Nurse and I'll do whatever it takes to achieve my goal. I'm constantly studying & practicing. It can become overwhelming at times but try to stay positive, it definitely helps!! Good luck!!

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Have you had chemistry yet? If you haven't, be sure you study the math in that class. It's similar to what you'll learn in your LPN program.

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