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The Nursing Math Thread

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Specializes in Med-Surg, Trauma, Ortho, Neuro, Cardiac. Has 28 years experience.

A member pm'd me the following question highlighted below. We created this thread for you guys to talk about math, solve math problems, and post math websites that you have found helpful.

I was wondering, is there a sticky or a special site that can be coordinated for "math sufferers". Perhaps, beginning calculations or shall i say the basics..simple to complex...step by step on how to calculate. I'm a visual learner, numbers and I don't work well. I am trying, but I've got a block!

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Daytonite, BSN, RN

Specializes in med/surg, telemetry, IV therapy, mgmt. Has 40 years experience.

"do not worry about your difficulties in mathematics. i can assure you mine are still greater."

albert einstein

general math help:

working with fractions:

algebra help:

for free unlimited practice problems in any of the math disciplines: http://www.interactmath.com/ - follow the directions to download the drivers you need to access the software and then choose a textbook of the type of math you want to work problems from

medication calculation help and practice problems you can work:

conversion charts:

dimensional analysis tutorials [keep in mind that dimensional analysis is usually done in chemistry and physics and nursing has only adapted it for use in medication calculation problems]:

statistics links can be found on post #46 of this thread.

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emtb2rn, BSN, RN, EMT-B

Specializes in Emergency. Has 21 years experience.

I found "Calculate with Confidence" by by Deborah Morris to be an excellent resourse. It walks through problem solving using all three methods (DA, ratio/proportion and formula). Makes it easy to figure out what works best for you.

bayoubengals

Specializes in ER. Has 9 years experience.

I need to be suscribed to this thread.

I have taken up through Calc II and I tutor math at a local high school, so feel free to PM me with questions.

you are not the only one!!!!:smilecoffeecup: i have the same problem. try mathlab.org

by the way, i love your icon with tweety! it is adorable!!!!!!

franciscangypsy

Specializes in ICU, MedSurg, Medical Telemetry. Has 10 years experience.

I hope these resources will help. Math scares me silly and although I have not really hit IVs yet, I am concerned about them b/c I have found IV math to be confusing.

Daytonite, BSN, RN

Specializes in med/surg, telemetry, IV therapy, mgmt. Has 40 years experience.

i hope these resources will help. math scares me silly and although i have not really hit ivs yet, i am concerned about them b/c i have found iv math to be confusing.

you will find links to iv calculation websites as well as information about ivs on post #6 of this sticky thread:

wonderful sites! thanks

Hey Daytinite ! Thank you so much for taking the time to post your awesome threads. You are wonderful ! Love Cali too. I am jealous ! Thanks again !!

Hi there everyone ! Thanks Daytonite for taking the time to post all of your awesome sites ! I am mathamatically challeneged too. I love California. I am jealous !! Thanks again !

I found "Calculate with Confidence" by by Deborah Morris to be an excellent resourse. It walks through problem solving using all three methods (DA, ratio/proportion and formula). Makes it easy to figure out what works best for you.

Hey- I just checked the books I had to buy for this semester, and that's one of them! Hopefully it'll be as helpful for me as you say.

I don't have pharmacology until the second 8 week session.

I took a med math class before starting nursing school because we had a test on calculations that we had to get an 85% or we would be asked to leave school, the professor showed us the different ways to solve the calcs and then showed us that one equation would work for all problems no matter what conversions needed to be done. It is called dimensional analysis and it works for everything once you understand how to use it! I recomend this equation to every body.

I had a little difficulty with math as well and I tried seraching n google. I wrote medication calculation, an I checked the first three sites that came up. What a nice surprise! They were very helpful. They expalined everything including conversions, IV rate..... They also have quizes where you can practice and recheck your answer. I hope this help you!! There is no nee to expend money in a book when you can fin info online!:up:

l.a.m.b, ADN, RN

Specializes in ER. Has 6 years experience.

what is the formula for calculating body surface area AND how do i go about doing it?