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The assessment and development of drug calculation skills in nurse education: a critical debate

The assessment and development of drug calculation skills in nurse education: a critical debate

Wright, Kerri (2009) The assessment and development of drug calculation skills in nurse education: a critical debate. Nurse Education Today, 29 (5). pp. 544-548. ISSN 0260-6917 (doi:10.1016/j.nedt.2008.08.019)

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Abstract

The drug calculation skill of nurses continues to be a national concern. The continued concern has led to the introduction of mandatory drug calculation skills tests which students must pass in order to go on to the nursing register. However, there is little evidence to demonstrate that nurses are poor at solving drug calculation in practice. This paper argues that nurse educationalists have inadvertently created a problem that arguably does not exist in practice through use of invalid written drug assessment tests and have introduced their own pedagogical practice of solving written drug calculations. This paper will draw on literature across mathematics, philosophy, psychology and nurse education to demonstrate why written drug assessments are invalid, why learning must take place predominantly in the clinical area and why the key focus on numeracy and formal mathematical skills as essential knowledge for nurses is potentially unnecessary.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: drug calculations, assessments, clincal practise skills, numeracy
Subjects: R Medicine > RT Nursing
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Health & Social Care
School of Health & Social Care > Department of Acute & Continuing Care
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Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 09:06
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Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/2319

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