Mathematics Anxiety and Mathematics Self-efficacy in Relation to Medication Calculation Performance in Nurses Page: 64
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has been extensively discussed in literature and the construct established; however, more
research needs to be done that may link it with mathematics self-efficacy. The combination of
mathematics anxiety and mathematics self-efficacy may help guide mathematics instruction and
training to find solutions or interventions to improve mathematics performance.
Medication calculation errors can have devastating consequences; therefore, improving
medication calculation skills should be a simple way to decrease many medication errors. Nurses
continue to have limited math skills. Measuring medication calculation ability and determining
the relationship between performance and math anxiety, mathematics self-efficacy, and other
factors are important data. Medication calculations and mathematics skills are part of a complex
process involving many factors related to skill acquisition and retention. Overcoming issues
related to mathematics anxiety and mathematics self-efficacy, which influences medication
mathematics performance, will improve safety in the health care environment. Nurses are
challenged to improve the medication administration process and significantly decrease the
number of medication errors. This chapter outlines several of the possible issues related to
medication mathematics calculation performance. A plan for collecting and analyzing data
regarding these issues is discussed in Chapter 3.
Chapter 3 includes the description of the population, sample, research procedures, pilot
study testing research process, and the instruments used to study the sample. Included in the
instrument discussion are descriptions of how validity and reliability were established, for this
study. Chapter 3 outlines the statistical analysis that was used to evaluate the research described
for each hypothesis.
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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/m1/72/: accessed January 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .