We both know that you didn't get into nursing to do sums, you got into nursing to help people, but we also understand why getting the calculations right is important.
If we are honest, we know that some people find Maths easier than others, and if you are one of those people who have always struggled with it, then the prospect of needing to learn yet more Maths for your professional practice may fill you with dread.
“A big part of the problem with Maths can be in the way it is taught. Sometimes things can be made to seem ridiculously over-complicated, methods can be whizzed through at the speed of light, and what you learn is disconnected from anything that happens in real life.”
When this happens, you are left sitting there with no idea of what just happened or how to apply it to your work.
It doesn't have to be this way.
We believe that anyone can succeed with Maths. What you need is for somebody to take you through the ideas one step at a time, to explain to you why things work the way they do, to link the principles that you are learning to real-life contexts and to give you plenty of opportunities to practice, with guidance as you go.
That's what we have created the Maths for Nurses book to do.
The book starts by building basic numeracy skills and then applies these into nursing contexts. Each chapter contains an easy to follow method for a particular type of calculation.
The book contains literally hundreds of practice questions (334 to be precise) including 4 practice basic numeracy tests and 4 practice drug calculations tests.
When you buy the book you will get free access to lots of bonus materials, including worked solutions for every practice question, showing you a step-by-step method of how to get to the answer.
Every chapter focusses on just one Mathematical idea and doesn't take any prior knowledge for granted. In the first section of the book, the basics of numeracy are covered with chapters on place value, calculations, rounding, converting units, using fractions, converting between fractions,
In each chapter, the ideas are explained thoroughly in a clear and easy-to-follow way. Methods are demonstrated with worked examples and then followed with 'Have a Go' questions for you to put into practice what you have learned. One of the free bonus materials you get when you buy the book is access to a fully worked solution to every practice question, so if you ever get stuck you can see what your next step should be. Once you have completed a chapter, you will find a further exercise with 10 more practice questions for you to put your newly developed skills to use.
The second section of the book focusses on the application of these skills in a nursing context, with chapters on calculating dosages, oral dosages, intravenous dosages, dosage per weight, multiple doses, infusion rates, fluid balance and burns. Again, you will find clear explanations, step-by-step examples, 'Have a Go' questions as you learn and Practice Questions at the end of each chapter, with access to fully worked solutions to every question.
At the end of each section of the book, you will find a collection of practice exam papers for you to have a go at and put your skills to the test. The first collection contains four practice basic numeracy papers that examine the skills developed in the first part of the book. The second collection is made up of four practice drug calculations papers that focus in on the applied skills of section two of the book, and that replicate the kinds of calculation that you will be called upon to make in your nursing practice.