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held administrative and education positions (see Table 6). Demographic data gathered for this
study are summarized in Table 7.
The majority of the nurses had an associate degree in nursing (54%), were Caucasian
(92%), females (83%), with English (97.6%) as their first language (see Table 7). The nurse's
average age was 46, ranging from 25 to 68 years, and averaged 19 years experience. The
majority of the nurses were RNs (92%). The education levels were 8% LVN or no degree, 54%
associates degree, 25% bachelors degree, 11% masters degree, and 2% other. The ethnicity
reported in the sample was 92% Caucasians, 2.4% African Americans, 1.2% Asian Americans,
and 4.7% missing. The gender of the sample was 83% female, 15% male, and 1% missing.
Ninety-nine percent of the nurses had household sizes between 1-8 averaging 3.09 persons,
however one outlier was an Asian American reporting 15 people living at home.
A comprehensive correlation matrix was examined to identify all possible relationships
of the potential variables relating to medication calculation performance. Table 8 shows the
correlations to significant items gleaned from the demographic items. Ethnicity was correlated to
medication test, mathematics anxiety, and hours worked, but the size of the category of Other
(3.6%) was too small to make sound conclusions and warrants further investigation. The
correlations between nurse having another degree was significant between the medication
calculation score and nurse self-efficacy for mathematics, but this is not relevant to the current
discussion. The relationship of other degree to self-efficacy and test performance also warrants
further study. Further discussion of participants are in the Data Analysis section as it pertains to
the relationships between variables.
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