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    Hello,

    I am applying to study Adult Nursing in September 2016, I have been doing some research to help me be more prepared before I start. I have read about drug calculation's and formula's to help figure them out.

    Math is not my best subject so I am very much worrying about drug calculation exam's. I have started revising to brush up on my unit conversion's and long division and multiplication so hopefully I won't be too bad when I start.

    I know that in University during exam's you will not be able to use a calculator and will have to figure them out in your head/pen and paper, but I was just wondering when you are actually qualified as a nurse, and you are employed would you have to do all drug calculation's without a calculator? I know that you have to know how to without, but are you allowed to carry one around to do the formula's?
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    Ideally you should work them out in your head first, but then do it on a calculator. By having a rough idea what the answer is means if you put it into the calculator incorrectly you'll know you've made an error. When I am on placement, everyone uses a calculator and you have a second checker for quite a while too.
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    I regularly use a calculator in my day to day work.
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    Thanks for the reply

    On your drug calculation exams at uni, are you allowed to use a calculator for part of it, or are you not allowed to use one at all?
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    We aren't allowed calculators and have to get 40% in the first year, 60% in the second year and 100% in the third year. Different uni's have different pass criteria but everyone has to be 100% by year 3. It sounds worse than it is though, there are only 5 questions in the final year!
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    Can you resit them if you don't pass the first time?

    It's the one thing I'm worried about as I have not done it since school so i'm basically lost at the moment and really stressing out, that I won't be able to get the hang of it.

    The formula's seem simple when it's broken down, but when you have to do it step by step without a calculator for one's based on a patient's weight, it seem's so long winded and i'm scared I will keep making silly mistakes and fail.
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    (Original post by Rebekah B)
    Can you resit them if you don't pass the first time?

    It's the one thing I'm worried about as I have not done it since school so i'm basically lost at the moment and really stressing out, that I won't be able to get the hang of it.

    The formula's seem simple when it's broken down, but when you have to do it step by step without a calculator for one's based on a patient's weight, it seem's so long winded and i'm scared I will keep making silly mistakes and fail.
    You haven't even applied yet, I really wouldn't worry about passing end of year drug calc exams.

    Your uni will help you to practice the calculations and prepare you for the exams, there is also a large amount of online material that you can use to supplement the uni materials.
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    (Original post by amyc123)
    You haven't even applied yet, I really wouldn't worry about passing end of year drug calc exams.

    Your uni will help you to practice the calculations and prepare you for the exams, there is also a large amount of online material that you can use to supplement the uni materials.
    Absolutely!
    Yes you can retake them.
 
 
 
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