Math Calculations for last semester of Nursing Program - page 2

Hello to all. My instructor sent out 2 pgs of practice problems and I am having a hard time figuring out the flow rates. I feel as if key items are missing (i.e. gtt/min or ml/hr and time to be... Read More

  1. by   nurseprnRN
    and so the reason a college nursing student can't do it is...?
  2. by   LadyinScrubs
    Quote from grntea
    and so the reason a college nursing student can't do it is...?
    none whatsoever. i was just noting that schools are teaching algebra in grade school but are calling it "new math".

    some people (nurses included) have math anxiety created by past experiences or a poor teacher. many nursing students fear med math. when they actually understand that the math involved is basic math combined with a little algebra to solve for a missing number, sometimes that information reduces their fear. for others, they need a little hand holding to understand the basic concepts. sadly, america stresses english is fundamental, but they have neglected to stress that math is fundamental, too.
  3. by   NCRNMDM
    I think that starting algebra so early is why new nursing students have such a hard time with nursing math. I did algebra one when I was in eighth grade, I did geometry and algebra two in ninth grade, I did pre-calculus and discrete math (intro to statistics) in tenth grade, and I did calculus and physics in eleventh grade. My senior year I did not take a math, as I was tired of it, and had fulfilled the math requirements. I was okay at math, but I wasn't phenomenal. Math was my least favorite subject even though I made mostly As (with a few Bs), and because of this, I wasn't interested in the subject. I loved science, and I took as many science classes as possible. I also loved literature, and I took as many advanced lit classes as I could while in high school. Now that I'm in nursing school, I remember enough math to do the nursing math simply because I graduated high school as an early graduate in 2010. If, however, I had graduated in, say, 2006, I don't know that I would remember enough to do well in nursing math. Also, if I hadn't known what I wanted to do while in high school, and if I had been the type to not care, I probably wouldn't have tried to remember what I learned during high school math. If that had been the case, I would've been in big trouble during nursing math. I think a lot of the younger nursing students hated math in high school, distanced themselves from the subject, and did only the minimum required to pass. Math was hard for them, and, rather than pushing themselves to succeed, they decided to avoid the subject and only learn enough to make a C. Now that these students are in nursing school, they are overwhelmed by the math, and they don't remember anything from high school. They didn't learn enough to set a firm foundation, and they don't remember enough about algebra to get by and pass the classes. I'm not saying that beginning advanced maths early is a bad thing, I just think it has the possibility to be detrimental for some students.