Why Maths For Nurses?
Nobody becomes a nurse to do Maths. If that's what you were into, you would have become an engineer, or an accountant, or a teacher.
You became a nurse because you want to help people.
But the truth is that numeracy skills are a vital part of what it means to be a nurse. In fact, the only Maths tests that I have ever come across where you need to score 100% to pass are the drug calculations tests that nurses are required to take.
Because of the nature of your work, you are expected to carry out mathematical calculations with unerring accuracy every day of your professional life.
For someone who didn't get into it to do Maths, that's a big ask. Perhaps you could do with a bit of help?
That's where I come in.
I'm Tom. I am one of those people who wanted to get into Maths. I am a qualified Maths teacher and private tutor, and over the years, I have worked with quite a few nurses and nursing students who were struggling to get their head around the Maths that they needed to know for their drug calculations tests.
It is this work that led me to create this website and the accompanying resources. I knew that the lessons I had taught in those one-on-one sessions could be invaluable for many others who find Maths a challenge and yet need it for their professional practice.
I am glad you found your way to my website. So, where to start?
Where to Start?
Well first things first, I have created some practice tests that I want to give to you free of charge. The first of these is on basic numeracy skills - place value, fractions, percentages, converting measurements, that kind of thing. The other two are on drug calculations - applying your numeracy skills into nursing contexts. My suggestion would be to download these and give them a go. It will give you a good idea where you are already up to, and what areas you still need to work on.
If you have had a go at the tests, and you did pretty well with them and are feeling confident about your Maths, then we are probably good to go and there's not much more that we need to do at this point.
On the other hand, if the tests have brought up one or two areas that you need to work on, or if you just want a bit more practice to boost your confidence, then I have created a few products that may be of interest to you.
First is the 'Maths For Nurses' book. This book breaks each of the basic numeracy and drug calculations topics down into easy to follow step-by-step methods, makes the links between the mathematical ideas and your real life practice, shows you examples of how to use what you learn, and is full of hundreds of practice questions, eight more practice tests and as a special bonus, when you buy the book you will get free access to fully worked solutions for every question in the book.
The course is called 'Pass Your Drug Calculations Test with Ease', and it is designed to turbo-boost your numeracy preparation. The course contains dozens of video tutorials, presenting every skill you will need for your nursing maths in easy-to-digest steps and demonstrating how to use the skills in real problems. Accompanying each video are cheat sheets and further exercises for you to practice further, as well as access to support as you study to help you with any questions that you might have.
Our bespoke coaching sessions are the ultimate in individualised support. After an initial consultation, you will get on a one-on-one video call with Tom O'Toole (author of 'Maths for Nurses' book) who will tailor the coaching around the particular areas of help that you need. After each coaching session, Tom will assign you further exercies to reinforce the things that you have learned on the call.
The Maths For Nurses website and resources were created by Tom O'Toole. Tom is a qualified Maths teacher and tutor, who has created numerous Maths resources and books used in classrooms and by students up and down the country. These include resources for the QTS Numeracy Test and a suite of GCSE Maths resources.