Mathematics Anxiety and Mathematics Self-efficacy in Relation to Medication Calculation Performance in Nurses Page: 20
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The independent variables are type of nurse, mathematics anxiety and nurse self-efficacy
for mathematics, and the dependent variable is the medication calculation test.
This study is delimited to nurses employed at one mid-sized private Texas suburban
hospital. The Texas Board of Nursing (TBON) controls nursing practice specifically for Texas
with regulations based on legislation. All subjects are at least temporary residences of the North
Central Texas area. The hospital is representative of other acute care hospitals in Texas because
it is accredited by the same governmental agencies. The LVNs and RNs are typical of nurses in
the north central Texas region.
The study is limited by the data which were self-reported and those who chose to
participate. The participants were encouraged to fill out the instruments, but were not required to
Definition of Terms
The following terms are defined for the purpose of this study:
Registered nurse (RN): Texas-licensed RN who has successfully passed the national
examination (NCLEX-RN). The RN is practicing at the bedside in an acute care environment.
Licensed vocational nurse (LVN): Texas-licensed LVN who has successfully passed the
national examination (NCLEX-PN) (TBON, 2010). The LVN is practicing at the bedside in an
acute care environment. Texas utilizes LVNs often in acute care practice. They fill many
positions; 25% of LVNs work in acute care (U.S. Department of Labor, 2011).
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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/m1/28/: accessed July 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .