One of the daunting tasks faced by nursing students is the calculation of drug dosages. The inability to perform the necessary mathematics can result in course failure in most nursing schools. When nurses must calculate dosages, lives can hang in the balance.
Understanding the importance and learning to calculate correctly is the goal of Gloria Pickar's well-known book Dosage Calculations. The book is now in its sixth edition.
Dosage Calculations, 6E is a popular book for nursing students. The programmed text includes colorful illustrations, and a CD-ROM for Windows 3.1 or higher. The CD-ROM contains full text, tutorial, glossary, pronunciations, review questions, and more.
The book presents the principles of calculating medication dosages using the formula method D/H x Q=X. The text has been updated from the 5th edition with a new four-part modular format which reflects the way the course is most commonly being taught in nursing and health-related curriculums. The expanded math coverage includes a pretest and post test section, two chapters of math review covering fraction and decimals, ratio and percent, simple equations, and ratio and proportion. This revision also includes numerous new photos and illustrations of drug labels to familiarize users with information commonly contained on labels.
This well respected volume has a companion instructor's manual.
Using the latest edition of this manual, students will learn precision techniques of calculating dosages using a proven formula method. Every possible situation is thoroughly addressed--from systems of measurement and conversions, through parenteral and pediatric dosages, to basic and advanced intravenous calculations.
Gloria D. Pickar is the Dean of Open Campus, Seminole Community College, Sanford, Florida.
The book is available from Vidyya's sponsor, Vidyya., at www.vidyya.com. It is also available from Delmar Publishers and other medical book outlets.