Mathematics Anxiety and Mathematics Self-efficacy in Relation to Medication Calculation Performance in Nurses Page: 89
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Mathematics anxiety and self-efficacy related to mathematics in nurses is related to
performance of medication calculations. However, other factors such as work hours also
influence mathematics calculation performance. For educators and mentors of nurses, there
should be an awareness of the probability of medication calculation errors, which link to
medication administration errors. Mathematics anxiety and self-efficacy regarding mathematics
is an important area to explore related to how patient care safety can be improved before risky
situations develop. The demographic items of Gender, Ethnicity, Nurse Type, Other degree, and
Is English your native language did not have large enough groups to make any meaningful
analysis (See Table 13). The demographic items, Age, How many years worked in a hospital and
How many years have you been a nurse, were similar in distribution, and the tool should have
had just one item instead of several; however, the items did not demonstrate a relationship to the
other variables studied.
Frequencies of Select Demographics
Item N N Percent
Nurse type LVN 7 RN 77 92%
Gender Male 13 Female 70 83%
Ethnicity Other 9 Caucasian 75 89%
English first language No 1 Yes 82 98%
Other degree than nursing Yes 13 No 71 84.5%
Results and Analysis for Each Hypothesis
A review of the possible relationships between MAS scores, NSE-Math scores,
demographic items, and the BB medication calculation test was completed. The analysis revealed
three significant variables related to medication calculation performance, MAS, NSE, Hours
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