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best practice and improve patient safety regarding medication calculations. According to Hadley
Mathematical anxiety and an accompanying lack of mathematical competence are often a
factor in major life decisions of individuals. Mathematically anxious people steer their
lives and careers away from mathematical applications, hampering their career
development and future potential. (p. 1)
It may be thought that mathematics skills are not important when making career choices such as
nursing. But medication calculations use simple mathematics and a basic skill in seventh-grade
arithmetic is essential to bedside acute care nursing performance. The following sections will
describe performance factors that may be involved in nurses' poor mathematics performance
including mathematics anxiety and mathematics self-efficacy.
Acute Care Nurses' Medication Calculation Training and Competency
Nurse educators at most hospitals give a medication administration or calculation test,
pen and pencil, to new nursing employees during their original orientation and do not check
calculation competence further. The test is usually simple, and the employee is remediated right
after the test with discussion; a repeat test were not always given. If a test is given for the critical
care areas it is combined with pharmacology, and mathematics is not the focus. Most hospitals
do not have periodic tests for medication dosage calculations. Some hospitals never give a
medication calculation test. There may be counseling when an error is identified but no formal
plan to improve mathematic abilities.
The ability to pass a medication calculation test during RN orientation and the likelihood
of future medication errors was studied by Calliari (1995), who found a significant direct
correlation between initial test failure and future increased rate of medication errors.
(Polifroni et al., 2003, p. 455)
"The literature does not offer any clear standard related to what constitutes mathematical
competency" (Pape, 2001, as cited in Polifroni et al., 2003, p. 456). Several of the issues related
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