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Mapping drug calculation skills in an undergraduate nursing curriculum

Elliott, Malcolm and Joyce, Joanne 2005, Mapping drug calculation skills in an undergraduate nursing curriculum, Nurse education in practice, vol. 5, no. 4, pp. 225-229, doi: 10.1016/j.nepr.2004.12.003.

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Title Mapping drug calculation skills in an undergraduate nursing curriculum
Author(s) Elliott, Malcolm
Joyce, Joanne
Journal name Nurse education in practice
Volume number 5
Issue number 4
Start page 225
End page 229
Publisher Elsevier Ltd
Place of publication Boston, Mass.
Publication date 2005-07
ISSN 1471-5953
1873-5223
Keyword(s) calculation skills
mathematical ability
Summary The ability to calculate drug dosages correctly is an essential skill for registered nurses to possess. Performing drug calculations accurately is not a skill that new graduates have the luxury of developing over time. Drug errors are in many instances directly related to either the administration of an incorrect dose or incorrect infusion rate (Gladstone, 1995) caused by calculation errors. A strategy for implementing drug calculation skills into our new under graduate nursing curriculum was initiated to assist students in developing proficiency in drug calculations. The aim of this program is to promote the development of calculation skills in undergraduate nursing students, rather than simply assessing their skills.


Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.nepr.2004.12.003
Field of Research 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2005 Elsevier Ltd
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30016322

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Nursing and Midwifery
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