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Calculation Skills for Nurses

Calculation Skills for Nurses

Claire Boyd

ISBN: 978-1-118-44889-2

May 2013

206 pages

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$19.99

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Providing nursing students with words of wisdom and advice from real-life student nurses, Calculation Skills for Nurses enables you to calculate drug dosages with ease, boosting your confidence and competence in this core area of nursing practice. The book takes away the fear of calculations, making it approachable, easy and fun, and ties in with the NMC standards for pre-registration education and the Essential Skills Clusters. It is filled with examples and questions based on real life nursing and healthcare situations and includes key information displayed on the inside back cover for quick look-up on clinical placements.

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PREFACE vii

INTRODUCTION ix

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS xiii

LATIN ABBREVIATIONS xv

THE 24-HOUR CLOCK xvii

Part 1: Diagnosis 1

1 CALCULATIONS REVISION 3

2 CALCULATIONS SELF-ASSESSMENT 23

Part 2: Understanding Nursing Calculations 27

3 METRIC UNITS AND CONVERSIONS 29

4 TABLETS AND CAPSULES 33

5 LIQUIDS AND INJECTABLES 39

6 SYRINGES AND MENISCUS 47

7 DISPLACEMENT VALUES 57

8 DOSAGES ACCORDING TO BODY WEIGHT 63

9 DRIP RATES 67

10 DRIP-RATE DURATION 73

11 SYRINGE DRIVERS AND PUMPS 77

12 PAEDIATRIC NURSING 85

Part 3: Putting It All Into Practice 97

13 FLUID CHARTS 99

14 MALNUTRITION UNIVERSAL SCREENING TOOL (MUST) ASSESSMENT 105

15 EARLY WARNING SCORE (EWS) ASSESSMENT 109

16 WATERLOW ASSESSMENT 115

17 PRESCRIPTION CHARTS 119

18 LOOKING AT BUDGETS 125

19 INTERPRETING DATA 129

20 EMPLOYMENT SERVICES 135

21 BODY MASS INDEX 139

Part 4: Testing Your Knowledge 143

22 KNOWLEDGE TESTS 145

ANSWERS TO ACTIVITY QUESTIONS 153

Part 5: Appendices 163

APPENDIX 1: FLUID CHART 165

APPENDIX 2: MALNUTRITION UNIVERSAL SCREENING TOOL 169

APPENDIX 3: BRISTOL OBSERVATION CHART 177

APPENDIX 4: WATERLOW PRESSURE ULCER

PREVENTION/TREATMENT POLICY 179

APPENDIX 5: CONVERSION TABLES 181

BIBLIOGRAPHY 183

INDEX 185

“Everyone who has anything to do with drug calculations should have this book, even the doctors! Anyone who enjoys maths would also love this book, especially if you are likely to want to teach any of it.”  (Nursing Times, 30 July 2014)

“This book, by a registered nurse and practice development  trainer, is concise and easy to follow.”  (Nursing Older People, 1 November 2013)

 

  • Part of the Student Survival Skills series, an exciting new series for student nurses
  • A pocket-sized, portable textbook for pre-registration nursing students to use in the classroom or on their clinical placement
  • Developed by students, for students: tips, advice and words of wisdom from real-life students included throughout
  • An essential topic for all pre-registration nursing students
  • Applicable to all fields of nursing- with examples from adult, mental health, paediatric and midwifery
  • Ties in with the NMC standards for pre-registration education and the Essential Skills Clusters