Hello All.. this is my first post, and it's good to have found you all. Of course, right away I'm going to pick your brains.Math has never been a strong subject for me, and it's where I lack my confidence the most. I did get an A in algebra, but I struggled. I start nursing school on the 28th, and I am attending Athens Tech (ADN program.) As is in other programs, I have three tries to pass with a 90 or better, or I will be "excused" from the nursing program. Can anyone out there tell me how bad the Math for Meds is? I have never dealt much with metrics, and I am worried about the conversions. I want this more than anything in the world, but I must admit, I am really feeling worried about this math. Any tips, advice, info? Thanks so much!

truern 2,016 Posts Specializes in Telemetry & Obs. Sep 23, 2005 Hi, Kellie....just thought I'd let you know that if you post a thread on one forum it's not really necessary to post it on others. I don't know about the other posters, but I generally select "today's nursing topics" to read the last 24 hours posts so I see all the new posts.Just a FYI

AngelaSPN 20 Posts Sep 23, 2005 Hey kellie. i haven't gotten through the whole book yet but so far math for meds is actually not that bad. i am also not that great in math but i actually do really good with my homework and on tests. you just have to get used to doing long division and multiplication by hand again. you have to pass with a 90?!? we have to pass with an 80 down here.Hello All.. this is my first post, and it's good to have found you all. Of course, right away I'm going to pick your brains.Math has never been a strong subject for me, and it's where I lack my confidence the most. I did get an A in algebra, but I struggled. I start nursing school on the 28th, and I am attending Athens Tech (ADN program.) As is in other programs, I have three tries to pass with a 90 or better, or I will be "excused" from the nursing program. Can anyone out there tell me how bad the Math for Meds is? I have never dealt much with metrics, and I am worried about the conversions. I want this more than anything in the world, but I must admit, I am really feeling worried about this math. Any tips, advice, info? Thanks so much!

tencat 1 Article; 1,350 Posts Sep 23, 2005 Hello! I don't think the math is really too bad. There are a few different ways to figure calculations, and which way you use depends on what works for you. I personally do well with formulas, so I use those. Won't you be getting instruction with solving calculations during your program? There are a lot of resources on the internet. Don't worry, it should be fairly painless. I'm not that great at math, either, and I scored a 100% on my calculations test recently.

KrysyRN, BSN 285 Posts Has 32 years experience. Sep 23, 2005 I found the math to be fairly easy, but it's a subject that has never been difficult for me, thank goodness. Does your nursing program require you to take a math class for health care professionals? If they don't require math, I would strongly suggest you take it and go see the tutor for additional help. I would also recommend that you go to the school's library and pick up some of the math for nurses books and start reviewing them. Barnes and Nobles also has bunches of these types of books in their nurse textbook section. Good luck!

Atlanta Kellie 34 Posts Sep 23, 2005 We were just required to take college algebra. I did get an A in that class, but I worked my butt off as I was taking it in conjunction with medical micro.I just feel really nervous about the metric system and the conversions. I have a book I've been working on and I feel so slow.I found the math to be fairly easy, but it's a subject that has never been difficult for me, thank goodness. Does your nursing program require you to take a math class for health care professionals? If they don't require math, I would strongly suggest you take it and go see the tutor for additional help. I would also recommend that you go to the school's library and pick up some of the math for nurses books and start reviewing them. Barnes and Nobles also has bunches of these types of books in their nurse textbook section. Good luck!

Atlanta Kellie 34 Posts Sep 23, 2005 Apparently we are to get instruction every Monday for three weeks and then be given our first attempt at passing. Is that enough instruction? I think I am getting a tutor. This is too important to not take seriously. If I fail this math, my fellow nursing students will have hands on training because I'm opening my wrists at my desk. :)Hello! I don't think the math is really too bad. There are a few different ways to figure calculations, and which way you use depends on what works for you. I personally do well with formulas, so I use those. Won't you be getting instruction with solving calculations during your program? There are a lot of resources on the internet. Don't worry, it should be fairly painless. I'm not that great at math, either, and I scored a 100% on my calculations test recently.

Atlanta Kellie 34 Posts Sep 23, 2005 Sorry 'bout that Thought if I placed it in two spots I would have a better chance at getting a response. Didn't realize the posts could be seen from one location. Thanks for the info :)Hi, Kellie....just thought I'd let you know that if you post a thread on one forum it's not really necessary to post it on others. I don't know about the other posters, but I generally select "today's nursing topics" to read the last 24 hours posts so I see all the new posts.Just a FYI

Lanette 13 Posts Oct 13, 2005 I also needed a 90 to pass math calc...It was a struggle for me, I practiced a lot, and I do mean a lot and finally mastered it..Keep your head up you will survive.lanette

Nurse-To-Be-Joy 401 Posts Oct 13, 2005 You have to pass with an 80 in the entire class or the final exam? I'm curious because all I've been told is that we have to get 100% on the final exam to pass. I take this class next semester (when I actually can apply for the nursing program) and I'm so nervous, as math isn't my best subject either.

sugabuga 72 Posts Oct 13, 2005 I took it this summer crammed into 8 weeks and it was the easiest class I took and I SUCK at math. Got a 96.

Cowboys_RN, BSN 169 Posts Specializes in Hospice, Internal Medicine. Has 16 years experience. Oct 14, 2005 We're doing it in my Pharm class right now and it's pretty easy. She only lectured on it for an hour and our test is on Monday. Like another poster said, there are a couple of ways to set it up. You can use ratios or use equations. I use equations and it's simply cross multiplying to solve for x once you do your original metric conversions. I think you'll do fine and not need a tutor.