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Healthcare 2015, 3(2), 351-363; doi:10.3390/healthcare3020351

Relationship between High School Mathematics Grade and Number of Attempts Required to Pass the Medication Calculation Test in Nurse Education: An Explorative Study

Faculty of Professional Studies, University of Nordland, Campus Helgeland, Postboks 614, N-8607 Mo i Rana, Norway
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Received: 12 February 2015 / Accepted: 15 May 2015 / Published: 27 May 2015
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Abstract

In Norwegian nurse education, students are required to achieve a perfect score in a medication calculation test before undertaking their first practice period during the second semester. Passing the test is a challenge, and students often require several attempts. Adverse events in medication administration can be related to poor mathematical skills. The purpose of this study was to explore the relationship between high school mathematics grade and the number of attempts required to pass the medication calculation test in nurse education. The study used an exploratory design. The participants were 90 students enrolled in a bachelor’s nursing program. They completed a self-report questionnaire, and statistical analysis was performed. The results provided no basis for the conclusion that a statistical relationship existed between high school mathematics grade and number of attempts required to pass the medication calculation test. Regardless of their grades in mathematics, 43% of the students passed the medication calculation test on the first attempt. All of the students who had achieved grade 5 had passed by the third attempt. High grades in mathematics were not crucial to passing the medication calculation test. Nonetheless, the grade may be important in ensuring a pass within fewer attempts. View Full-Text
Keywords: nurse education; nursing students; medication calculation test; mathematical skills; attempts to pass the medication calculation test nurse education; nursing students; medication calculation test; mathematical skills; attempts to pass the medication calculation test
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Alteren, J.; Nerdal, L. Relationship between High School Mathematics Grade and Number of Attempts Required to Pass the Medication Calculation Test in Nurse Education: An Explorative Study. Healthcare 2015, 3, 351-363.

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