Mathematics Anxiety and Mathematics Self-efficacy in Relation to Medication Calculation Performance in Nurses Page: 65
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The purpose of this study is to identify and analyze the relationships that exist between
mathematics anxiety, nurse self-efficacy for mathematics, and medication calculation
performance of acute care nurses. This chapter includes the following sections: (a) Research
Design, (b) Population, (c) Sample, (d) Instruments, (e) Data Collection, (f) Pilot Study, (g)
Analysis, and (h) Summary. Each section is discussed in detail.
The research design used in this study was a quantitative correlational research design
using multiple linear regression statistics.
The population studied in this research includes nurses licensed by the Texas Board of
Nursing (TBON) working in an acute care facility in Texas. Because each state has varying
regulations in practice, this study was limited to Texas.
Nurses around the world have the same basic skill sets in regards to medication
administration, and nursing standards are universal concerning giving medication accurately.
Nurses take a national examination for licensure, and each state has a Nurse Practice Act (NPA)
that legislates nursing practice in order to protect the public. Employers expect graduates from
nursing programs to be competent and safe in performing medication calculations and
The sample was from LVNs and RNs from one acute care hospital. The hospital was a
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