Numeracy in Nursing and Healthcare: Australian Edition: calculations and practice : 9781442549982

Numeracy in Nursing and Healthcare: Australian Edition: calculations and practice

Shihab, Pearl et al
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Pearson Australia
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Numeracy in Nursing and Healthcare Australian Edition is the perfect package to help your students prepare for their nursing program. The text begins with basic addition and subtraction and builds to more advanced principles such as drug administration and common clinical measurements. By illustrating how mathematical theory is relevant to clinical practice, Numeracy in Nursing and Healthcare is a great tool to help increase student confidence.
Table of contents
Chapter 1 Basic Arithmetic Skills
The things you don’t want to ask about but need to know.
Chapter 2 Decimals and Other Fractions
How to deal with the bits and pieces.
Chapter 3 SI Units
How’s your French? You only need one phrase ‘Système International d’Unités’.
Chapter 4 Drug calculations
Pills, potions and pinpricks.
Chapter 5 Drug concentrations
The jokers in the pack.
Chapter 6 Per cent, percentage and ratios
Hundreds and thousands and much more.
Chapter 7 Intravenous fluid and drug administration
Drips, drops and devices.
Chapter 8 Common Clinical Measurements
Charting, charting and more charting.
Chapter 9 Physiological Measurements
Blood, but no sweat and tears.
Chapter 10 Statistics and reading research articles
No ostriches here please.
I Roman numerals and their Arabic equivalent
II Multiples and divisions of SI units
III Important elements in the body. Isotopes and Avogadro’s constant.
IV Physiological reference values for adults
V Abbreviations used in prescribing
VI & VII Peak flow measurements
VIII Body Mass Index and Malnutrition Universal Screening Tool (MUST)
IX Nomogram for calculating body surface area
X Weight conversion chart
XI Summary of methods for drug calculations

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New to this edition

In adapting this book for Australian nurses the authors have used familiar language, drug names, symbols and acronyms applicable to Australian settings and nursing practice.

References to web resources have been updated to reflect Australian material, as appropriate.

It is more than a drug calculation - incorporates most aspects of numeracy "skills" required in clinical practice.

Features & benefits

For Students

An initial test will work out areas you need the most practice in so that you overcome your weakest points and numeracy becomes easy

At the click of a button in MyMathLab you receive personal tutoring and immediate feedback on each individual question

‘Help Me Solve This’ shows you a break down of the question, and explanation on how to tackle it

There are thousands of MyMathLab questions to practice with!

Web links direct you to further reading and examples

For Lecturers

You can easily customise the MyMathLab for Shihab: Numeracy in Nursing and Healthcare to suit your specific course and student needs.

A powerful grade book enables you to review student progress individually and against specific areas of competency so that topics on which students struggle become instantly apparent.

Simple assessment building tools enable you to produce self-marking, multi-facetted question tests in minutes, not the weeks these would normally take to write, distribute and grade.

Author biography

Pearl Shihab has wide experience of nursing and midwifery in both hospital and community settings. She has spent the last eleven years teaching biosciences on healthcare programmes and supporting students lacking in maths skills.

Australian authors:

  • Elspeth Hillman – Lecturer, James Cook University. Has been a Registered Nurse since 1978; working in metropolitan, rural and remote locations and associated with the School of Nursing since in 1994 – as sessional, tutorial and laboratory leader; clinical facilitator. Teaching and research interests include clinical facilitation and adult acute care.
  • Snezana Stolic - RN BN MAppSc GradCertEd, Lecturer, PhD candidate, Queensland University of Technology. Has been a registered nurse since 1989 working primarily in cardiac nursing and critical care units. Specialty clinical areas include pain management, chronic diseases, intensive care patients and cardiac nursing. She began her education career at Griffith University in 2005 moving to QUT in 2010. Snez has taught across the three years of the undergraduate Bachelor of Nursing program and is currently working on a PhD in nursing with a focus on symptom management and quality of life for people with acute coronary syndrome.
  • Caryn West, Lecturer, James Cook University. Has been a registered nurse for some years and have primarily worked in the peri-operative environment in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Specialty clinical area is pain management, acute, chronic and pain research. Currently completing a PhD in nursing with a focus on the link between chronic pain and family resilience.
Target audience
Undergraduate and graduate nursing students.
Sample Pages

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