<Does anyone have any good advice for me? Also, is there anyone out there that is not particularly great in math, but was able to get through the math courses?>
I am dyslexic with numbers. I failed algebra from 9th grade to 11th grade. Then they gave up on me. I had to have 2 remeidal math classes in college before I could take nursing math. TIP: Take nursing math in the summer instead of a full semester - summer semester is a much shorter course - less time to have to deal with it. And I think instructors & classes then are more relaxed too. This semester, my daughter showed me her pre-calculus high school homework & asked me for help with it. I took one look & broke out into a sweat from anxiety. I have been an ICU RN for 20 yrs & still cant figure out the formula for calculating a dopamine drip - Desired Over Avilable with an X somewhere divide by something or multiply - I have no idea. I thank God for my Phillipina colleagues who dont even need a calculator for this stuff. I have some free time & could pick up a few per diem hours someplace but I am petrified of having to take the dosage calculation tests required to be hired.
I know my limitations & double check everything with co-workers who can read numbers.
Tonight I had to hang a labetalol drip. The order was for the usual 200mg in 160cc fld. The vials are 100mg in 20cc. So that gives me 40cc of med to add to the 160cc bag for a total of 200cc of fluid. So if there is 200mg of labetol in 200cc of fld, thats a 1:1 drip. (1cc=1mg). The order was for 2 mg/min. Since I know there are 60 minutes in an hour, I should not need a calculator to figure out how many ccs per hour to run it at, right? Well forget the calculator - cause I didnt even know where to start with it.
Its simple --- 2x60 --- but if I read an order & see numbers that have to be calculated I go blank. I just recognize that I have a mental block with them. So I first checked the PDR & our dosage charts, then asked a colleague to figure it out for me to double check the chart, & then I went upstairs to CCU to check their
dosage charts just to be sure. (didnt have to do that but needed a break). Then I triple checked what I plugged in on the IV pumps computer & hit the start button.
How I got an A in Probability & Statistics - I took the class in the evening during a summer semester. Figured the instructor would be very relaxed about it since it would be after a long hot summer day & he probably didnt want to be there with either. I was right. He allowed us to write all the formulas with directions down on index cards & use them for every test. We didnt have to remember all the formulas - we just had to know how to use the calculator to work them out.