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I thought it would be helpful to put together a Maths for Nurses resources page where I could bring together all the best material that I have found to help you to pass your drug calculations test.
This book looks at both your basic numeracy skills, and the application of those skills to nursing contexts. It contains easy to follow, step-by-step methods, lots of examples of applying the skills into real problems, hundreds of practice questions, eight practice tests and gives special bonus access to fully worked solutions to every question.
Middlesex University have made available some YouTube videos on some of the topics that come up most often, in addition to helpsheets and a short workbook that you can download to practice with.
On the website of Queen's University there are some more practice questions on basic numeracy and drug calculation skills. You will also find a few sample papers and an 8-page free download called the 'Essential Guide to Numeracy' that briefly outlines some fundamental numeracy skills.
This course will turbo-charge your preparation, with dozens of video tutorials outlining every key skill that you will need, and demonstrating the processes in an easy-to-digest manner, in the context of real life problems. Accompanying each video is a cheat sheet and a practice exercise, and during the
On the Flinders University website there are a series of quizzes that you can use to practice your drug calculations skills.
I have created three practice tests that I would like to give you free of charge. The first of these is a basic numeracy test and the other two focus particularly on drug calculations. To get these tests (plus a few other bits that I think you might find interesting), just enter your name and email address below.
Queen's University have made available sample papers for the tests that they set at the end of each of the three years of their nursing course. For the second and third years, these tests are different for adult and child nursing contexts.
On the Middlesex University website, there are five sets of practice questions each for adult and child drug calculation tests.
BBC Bitesize is designed for GCSE revision, but it provides a great summary of how to do lots of different Maths topics. Although it isn't specifically maths for nurses resources, it is a good place to look if you are struggling with any general areas of numeracy.
TES is the website of the Times Educational Supplement. It contains hundreds of thousands of resources created by teachers, for teachers. If there is a specific numeracy topic you are looking for help on, the chances are high that you will find something on TES.
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