Medication Dosage Calculation: A Mathematical Intervention for Nursing Students

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/621208
Category:
Full-text
Format:
Text-based Document
Type:
Dissertation
Level of Evidence:
Quasi-Experimental Study, Other
Research Approach:
Qualitative Research
Title:
Medication Dosage Calculation: A Mathematical Intervention for Nursing Students
Author(s):
Cowan, Theresa D. Riggs
Additional Author Information:
Theresa Riggs Cowan, MSN, ACNS-BC, RN
Advisors:
Sexton, Patricia; Persily, Cynthia Armstrong; Stewart, Amanda
Degree:
Doctoral – Other
Degree Year:
2009
Grantor:
A. T. Still University
Abstract:

Nurse educators continue to express concern over the struggle that nursing students have with mathematical calculations necessary to compute medication dosage. This applied dissertation designed, implemented, and evaluated a structured program of mathematical remediation incorporating dimensional analysis. This program targeted nursing students with demonstrated deficiencies in computation skills. The degree of mathematical preparation that the student was exposed to prior to enrollment into nursing courses was considered worthy of review. The age-old adage of gender differences that were theorized to affect the mathematical ability of students was taken into regard as well. Best practices included a curriculum devised to address the problem, evaluation tools to identify areas of computation deficits, and standard operating procedures designed to guide the initial offering as well as replication of the instructional process. The quantitative research method, specifically, the quasi-experimental design was implemented for the purpose of data collection. The non-randomized one student group was administered the nursing program designed Math Competency for Medication Administration assessment tool as a pre-test-post-test. The results of this applied research program revealed an increase in student scores on the math competency exam from pre to post- testing. Based on this project a recommendation would be to use dimensional analysis as a logical and sequential problem solving method for teaching medication dosage calculation to nursing students.

Keywords:
Nurse education; medication dosing
CINAHL Headings:
Dosage Calculation; Dosage Calculation--Education; Clinical Competence; Students, Nursing; Education, Nursing; Education, Clinical; Problem Solving--Education
Note:
This item has not gone through this repository's peer-review process, but has been accepted by the indicated university or college in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the specified degree.
Repository Posting Date:
2017-02-17T21:03:57Z
Date of Publication:
2017-02-17

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dc.contributor.advisorSexton, Patriciaen
dc.contributor.advisorPersily, Cynthia Armstrongen
dc.contributor.advisorStewart, Amandaen
dc.contributor.authorCowan, Theresa D. Riggsen
dc.date.accessioned2017-02-17T21:03:57Z-
dc.date.available2017-02-17T21:03:57Z-
dc.date.issued2017-02-17-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/621208-
dc.description.abstract<p>Nurse educators continue to express concern over the struggle that nursing students have with mathematical calculations necessary to compute medication dosage. This applied dissertation designed, implemented, and evaluated a structured program of mathematical remediation incorporating dimensional analysis. This program targeted nursing students with demonstrated deficiencies in computation skills. The degree of mathematical preparation that the student was exposed to prior to enrollment into nursing courses was considered worthy of review. The age-old adage of gender differences that were theorized to affect the mathematical ability of students was taken into regard as well. Best practices included a curriculum devised to address the problem, evaluation tools to identify areas of computation deficits, and standard operating procedures designed to guide the initial offering as well as replication of the instructional process. The quantitative research method, specifically, the quasi-experimental design was implemented for the purpose of data collection. The non-randomized one student group was administered the nursing program designed Math Competency for Medication Administration assessment tool as a pre-test-post-test. The results of this applied research program revealed an increase in student scores on the math competency exam from pre to post- testing. Based on this project a recommendation would be to use dimensional analysis as a logical and sequential problem solving method for teaching medication dosage calculation to nursing students.</p>en
dc.formatText-based Documenten
dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.subjectNurse educationen
dc.subjectmedication dosingen
dc.titleMedication Dosage Calculation: A Mathematical Intervention for Nursing Studentsen_US
dc.typeDissertationen
thesis.degree.grantorA. T. Still Universityen
thesis.degree.levelDoctoral – Otheren
dc.description.noteThis item has not gone through this repository's peer-review process, but has been accepted by the indicated university or college in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the specified degree.en
dc.primary-author.detailsTheresa Riggs Cowan, MSN, ACNS-BC, RNen
thesis.degree.year2009en
dc.type.categoryFull-texten
dc.evidence.levelQuasi-Experimental Study, Otheren
dc.research.approachQualitative Researchen
dc.subject.cinahlDosage Calculationen
dc.subject.cinahlDosage Calculation--Educationen
dc.subject.cinahlClinical Competenceen
dc.subject.cinahlStudents, Nursingen
dc.subject.cinahlEducation, Nursingen
dc.subject.cinahlEducation, Clinicalen
dc.subject.cinahlProblem Solving--Educationen
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