Journal article

Drug calculation competencies of graduate nurses.

N Santamaria, H Norris, L Clayton, D Scott

Collegian | Published : 1997

Abstract

This study describes the analysis of the mathematical ability of 220 registered nurses (RNs) from six Victorian universities who applied for a graduate year program at St Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne. Each applicant completed a drug calculation competency test (DCCT) which required them to calculate 11 drug dosages commonly performed by RNs in clinical practice. The results revealed that 58 percent (n = 127) of the 220 applicants were not able to accurately calculate all 11 drug dosages. The results also demonstrated significant differences between applicants from respective universities. The findings suggest that there are fundamental problems with the mathematical competencies of this gro..

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