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ERIC Number: ED436427
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jul
Pages: 8
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Student Nurses and Mathematics.
Hutton, B. Meriel
For the safety of the public, it is essential that nurses are competent at least in the mathematics that enables them to calculate medications accurately. From a survey by G. Hek (1994), it is apparent that mathematics is not universally included in the nursing curricula, nor asked for as a pre-requisite to entry. Changes in the profile of the typical student nurse from a school leaver with 5 'O' levels to a more mature woman with often fewer school qualifications have been one of the triggers for this study into student nurses and mathematics. In this paper, students' feelings about mathematics are explored and related to age, time elapsed since leaving school, and performance on a test of nursing mathematics. Provision for revision and mathematics support is described and the results of a post-test are analyzed. The results indicate that pre-registration nursing courses should include an element of mathematics to alert students to their own shortcomings and provide a means to improve their computational skills before working in the clinical areas. (Contains 14 references.) (Author/ASK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom