Mathematics Anxiety and Mathematics Self-efficacy in Relation to Medication Calculation Performance in Nurses Page: I
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Melius, Joyce. Mathematics anxiety and mathematics self-efficacy in relation to
medication calculation performance in nurses. Doctor of Education (Applied Technology and
Performance Improvement), May 2012, 122 pp., 17 tables, 9 illustrations, references, 139 titles.
The purpose of this study is to identify and analyze the relationships that exist between
mathematics anxiety and nurse self-efficacy for mathematics, and the medication calculation
performance of acute care nurses. This research used a quantitative correlational research design
and involved a sample of 84 acute care nurses, LVNs and RNs, from a suburban private hospital.
The participants filled out a Mathematics Anxiety Scale, a Nurse Self-Efficacy for Mathematics
Scale and also completed a 20-item medication calculation test. Significant practical and
statistical relationships were discovered between the variables utilizing multiple linear regression
statistics and commonality analysis. As the Nurse's Mathematics anxiety score increased the
scores on the medication test decreased and the scores on nurse self-efficacy for mathematics
scale also decreased. The demographic item of "Hours a nurse worked in one week" had the
greatest significance. The more hours a nurse worked the lower their score was on the
medication calculation test. This study agrees with others that nurses are not good at
mathematics. This study also correlated that as the number of hours worked increased so did the
medication calculations errors. And many nurses have a measurable level of anxiety about
mathematics and dosage calculations and this may influence calculation ability. Suggestions for
further research include refinement of instruments used in study, further differentiation of
barriers to successful medication calculation performance, and testing of interventions used to
teach, train and evaluate accurate medication administration in nurses.
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Melius, Joyce. Mathematics Anxiety and Mathematics Self-efficacy in Relation to Medication Calculation Performance in Nurses, dissertation, May 2012; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc115119/m1/2/: accessed September 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .