## The Nurse, The Math, The Meds: Drug Calculations Using Dimensional Analysis, 1e

### Joyce L. Mulholland MS RN ANP MA

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This text emphasizes the simplicity of the dimensional analysis method to help even those students with math anxiety minimize or eliminate medication calculation errors. It begins with a comprehensive review of general math skills and an explanation of basic dimensional analysis methodology. The book focuses on the analysis and setup of practice problems, formulation of a reasonable answer, and evaluation of the answer. This one-of-a-kind text is designed for nursing students at all levels, including graduate nurses and practicing nurses who want a refresher. It is an appropriate text selection for agency in-service programs as well as for physician assistant medication math courses.

• A companion CD-ROM packaged with the text offers additional practice problems.
• A self-assessment test precedes the comprehensive math review in Chapter 1, promoting a strong math foundation.
• Chapter 2 introduces the dimensional analysis method and includes several basic practice problems, facilitating consistent application of the method throughout the text.
• The analysis and setup of practice problems increases comprehension, reduces errors, and complements use of the dimensional analysis method.
• To help reduce medication errors, the text follows JCAHO and ISMP recommendations regarding avoidance of ambiguous abbreviations, acronyms, and symbols.
• Each chapter begins with a quick overview of chapter contents to orient students as they prepare to read and study the material.
• The text's full-color design includes a special margin section in which students can work out practice problems on the spot.
• Rapid Practice exercises follow each main concept, allowing students to review even when their study time is limited or frequently interrupted.
• Test Tips enhance comprehension and improve students' test-taking skills and comfort level.
• Selected Mnemonics are supplied to facilitate memorization and conserve learning time.
• Red Arrow Alerts call attention to critical math concepts and patient-safety theory as well as to key nursing practice issues.
• FAQs and Answers are derived from students' actual classroom questions. They are particularly helpful to students who are studying outside of a traditional classroom environment.
• Ask Yourself questions help students comprehend and synthesize content.
• Communication boxes, which present sample nurse-patient and nurse-prescriber dialogues, illustrate clinical applications of medication administration.
• Cultural boxes describe selected math-notation and medication-related cultural practices.
• Clinical Relevance boxes show how abstract concepts, such as legal issues, apply to everyday clinical practice.
• Website addresses and other useful references are provided where applicable.
• Two chapter finals are included at the end of each chapter, one multiple-choice format and one traditional format, with answers provided in the back of the book.
• Two comprehensive finals, one using an NCLEX examination-style multiple-choice format and one following a traditional format, test the major concepts covered in the text and offer an opportunity for additional practice.
• An answer key in the back of the book contains step-by-step solutions to the Rapid Practice exercises, chapter finals, and comprehensive text finals, allowing the student to pinpoint specific areas for further review.

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A comprehensive, easy-to-understand approach to drug dosage calculations using the dimensional analysis method

Joyce L. Mulholland, APRN, BC, MA, MS, Nursing Education Consultant, Tucson, AZ

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