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Nurse: Texas licensed RN or LVN. For the purpose of this research, this term is referred
to as nurse. The nurses in this study were working in an acute care (hospital) facility.
Since medication calculation errors continue to happen and nurses are the final defense,
this topic is timely and needs to be addressed. Acute care nurses continue to make medication
calculation errors, and the evidence for decreasing, preventing, or improving the system is
limited. Self-belief systems such as mathematics anxiety and mathematics self-efficacy are
believed to influence medication calculation performance. Therefore, the research questions to
be investigated are To what degree are the relationships between the perceptions of mathematics
anxiety, or perceptions of nurse self-efficacy for mathematics, to performance on a medication
calculation test by nurses. Also, to what degree is there a relationship between the type of nurse
and the perceptions of mathematics anxiety, or perceptions of nurse self-efficacy for
mathematics, to performance on a medication calculation test. Chapter 1 includes a review of the
background of nursing and health care supports and the significance and purpose of the study.
Bandura's self-efficacy theory guides the development of the plan for investigation.
Chapter 2 reviews the research related to the medication process and errors, global
medication safety initiatives, nurses' medication errors, Texas nurses' qualifications and
medication calculation training, mathematics performance of nurses, mathematics performance
factors, mathematics self-efficacy and mathematics anxiety, suggestions for improving nurses'
calculation ability, and measurement tool evolution. Studies suggest that more research is
required to establish clearer relationships to determine how to compensate for the issues (Chang
& Mark, 2009; Jones, 2009; Tang et al., 2007; Walsh, 2006). Issues in the entire health care
system and the medication system, specifically the administration of medicine, have many
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