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Nursing Calculations [Kindle Edition]

John D. Gatford , Nicole Phillips
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)

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Book Description

This best-selling book enables nursing students to calculate drug doses accurately and quickly. It begins with a diagnostic test to pinpoint any weaknesses in basic arithmetic and is followed by specific exercises to remedy them.

Examples are drawn from everyday clinical practice with graded exercises and answers. The content covers

  • administering injections, tablets and mixtures
  • intravenous infusions
  • administering safe dosages to children.

Nursing Calculations is an essential aid to safe clinical practice for student nurses and those returning to the profession.

A diagnostic test at the start allows readers to review their knowledge of maths and identify their weak points

Numerous exercises give plenty of practice in making drug calculations

Answers to questions aid self-study

Revision and summary exercises ensure that the reader fully understands the calculations

The nursing context and use of actual drug labels allows the application of theory to everyday practice

All medications reviewed and updated in accordance with current practice

Revised layout to avoid crowded pages

A portable laminated card placed inside the back cover with the key formulae that students need to remember

Additional exercises, labels and paediatric examples

Additional set of syringe diagrams

A new table of abbreviations and their meanings and explanation of the 24-hour clock

Addition of handwritten prescriptions to the medication label exercises to improve links to real-life practice

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"I welcome the 7th edition of this brilliant book and highly recommend it. The arithmetic is based on calculations that are regularly used by the caring profession, namely kilograms, grams, milligrams, micrograms, litres and millilitres. The authors demonstrate several methods of converting these various measurements into each other achieved by worked examples. These are then followed by numerous questions for the readers to answer themselves; the answers are at the back of the book. This invaluable 'hands on' book should be read as a refresher by anyone who is involved in medication and is a must for those who are new to the caring profession." Distance Learning Tutor.Journal of Community Nursing. May 2007. Vol 21 issue 5

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2340 KB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Churchill Livingstone; 8 edition (18 Mar. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005BQ5W5G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #138,193 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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109 of 111 people found the following review helpful
I am a first-year student nurse and this book is only the second I have purchased. As part of one of our modules we have do a numeracy test, the questions of which are similar to those in this book. Now that I have read the book and actually enjoyed completing the exercises I am confident that I can successfully complete the numeracy test and the further calculations tests we have to do in subsequent years. It doesn't just tell you what's right, it shows you (through worked calculations) HOW it's right - buy it now and you will never be fazed by decimals, mg/mcg and fractions again!
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very very helpful for student nurses 9 July 2004
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When starting the nursing diploma i had completely forgotten all the maths i learnt at school. I bought this book to see if it would help me and it's amazing how much i now understand.
The only problem with this book is that the description of how to do certain sums aren't always very clear and it can take a while to see what they are saying.
However, i would definately reccomend this book to anyone starting the course.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nursing Calculation ***** 7 Dec. 2007
I found this book really helpful to get me started with drugs calculations in my first year. Now I am in my second year, I still dip into the book when I have a test coming up to refresh my memory about the basics. I would recommend this book to any nursing student. It is really easy to understand and if I can do it, anyone can!!! I had another nursing calculation book that I actually gave away because I could not get on with it but I love this book
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book in its field 2 Mar. 2008
Love, love, LOVE this book! This is like the idiots guide to drug calculations. No time wasting! No pages and pages of reading! Just practice practice practice with explainations and answers. Why else would we all be raving about this book if its not excellent? Love it! I would not hesitate to recommend this book to everyone in healthcare responsible for administering drugs (I am a student midwife).
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars nursing calculations for the terrified 14 April 2006
This book is really great for mathematicians of the future and those of us whose only maths is trying to work out our credit card bill!

Having a maths test in the first module of the common foundation year, is no joke. Panicking, I set off to find a useful book and finding the uni recommended one out of stock, I picked up this one instead. I couldn't have made a better choice. The book covers everything you need to get you motivated for learning nursing calculations.

The author begins with a self-assessment test. You then move on to basic maths, from the usual add, subtract, multiply and divide, to working with fractions, decimals and converting one to the other. One of my problems, is working out where the decimal point should be, particularly on numbers <1. This book explains this point very easily.

The book then goes on to discuss the various nursing calculations required for drugs, which are too numerous to cover here, but include general information, calculations related to bodyweight and paediatric calculations. The latter really interested me, as I am in the child health branch.

At the time of writing, I am still working through the general maths section and actually finding it challenging and yes, enjoyable! It did help in my maths test and the only points I lost, were for rushing through the questions too much.

In conclusion, I would like to say that I recommend this book very highly, to anyone entering the nursing profession. It is equally suitable for students, as for those qualified nurses, who want to revise their maths. It should, in my opinion, be on the recommended reading list, of every UK university.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I needed to get my brain back on track! 20 Oct. 2000
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A clear, concise format that is easy to use. The plain English content made for easy access and the informative, straightforward explanations made calculations easy to understand. Ideal for both beginner and those a little rusty in processes of mathematical calculations relating to the nursing profession.The test and answer approach made it easy to deduce the level of help you required. A must for both students and trained nurses. I shall be keeping my copy in my pocket.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recomendation for any nusing student. 24 Feb. 2008
I would reccomend this book to any student nurse. I am now in my third year and I still use this book to refresh my memory before a drugs calculation test. It has lots of calculations for you to practice with and is a must if you struggle with things like IV calculations. Easy to use and understand. The best book I have found to help me with my drugs calculations.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars OK but newer books offer more 21 May 2009
This book is OK but it does not cover clinical calculations and medication administration. The following books offer more scope:
Davisons "Numeracy and Clinical Calculations" which covers a range of clinical calculations seen on the ward; "How to Master Nursing Calculations" which covers medication administration records,the "Student Nurse Maths and Medications Survival Guide" which is a handy pocket size without practice questions. "Drug calculations for Nurses" (Lapham) is a classic book but goes to a higher level.
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