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Nursing Calculations : 8th Edition - John D. Gatford

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This best-selling book enables nursing students to calculate drug doses accurately and quickly.

It begins with a diagnostic test to pinpoint any weaknesses in basic arithmetic and is followed by specific exercises to remedy them. Examples are drawn from everyday clinical practice with graded exercises and answers. The content covers: administering injections, tablets and mixtures; intravenous infusions; and, administering safe dosages to children. Nursing Calculations is an essential aid to safe clinical practice for student nurses and those returning to the profession.

Key Features

  • A diagnostic test at the start allows readers to review their knowledge of maths and identify their weak points
  • Numerous exercises give plenty of practice in making drug calculations
  • Answers to questions aid self-study
  • Revision and summary exercises ensure that the reader fully understands the calculations
  • The nursing context and use of actual drug labels allows the application of theory to everyday practice
New to this Edition
  • All medications reviewed and updated in accordance with current practice
  • Revised layout to avoid crowded pages
  • A portable laminated card placed inside the back cover with the key formulae that students need to remember
  • Additional exercises, labels and paediatric examples
  • Additional set of syringe diagrams
  • A new table of abbreviations and their meanings and explanation of the 24-hour clock
  • Addition of handwritten prescriptions to the medication label exercises to improve links to real-life practice
About the Author

John D. Gatford, Mathematics teacher, Melbourne, Australia; and Nicole Phillips, Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, La Trobe University, Australia.

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5.0

Very good book

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  • Deeply Informative
  • Easy To Understand
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    • Reference
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    Good reference book for nursing or for someone who need to recap some maths.

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    I thought id fail, then i was showed this book.

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    • Basic
    • Deeply Informative
    • Easy To Understand
    • Full Of Activities
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      • Med Students
      • Nursing Students
      • Paramedics

      Comments about Nursing Calculations:

      I was falling behind in nursing Calculations untill i discovered this book. It has taken my right back to the fundamentals of maths. Perfect seeing as i havent been at school so x amout of years ;)... will not disappoint.
      Thanks for reading.. and enjoy xx

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      4.0

      I would tell every one looking at this book "it is worth it.

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        This book really helped me to understand what was being thought.

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          Very helpful and excellent refresher for maths in general

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          5.0

          Best thing!!

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              I use this as a first year nursing students. Such a good idea.

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              5.0

              a must have reference book for nursing

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                The book is for my daughter who is studying nurseing.

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                5.0

                Fantastic Resource

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                    Comments about Nursing Calculations:

                    This book was great to refresh my maths skills and gear me up for Nursing and medication management. It is a well organised resource and identifies any issues by self test results, then directs you to the relevant chapter for extra work and review. As 100% is required in all drug calculation test, I was very nervous. This book ensured I made the grade. I highly recommend it to all Nursing students

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                    Preface to the Sixth Edition vii
                    Preface to the First Edition viii
                    Acknowledgements ix
                    1. A review of basic calculations 1
                    2. Dosages of oral medications 43
                    3. Drug dosages for injection 53
                    4. Intravenous infusion 67
                    5. Paediatric dosages (body weight) 87
                    6. Paediatric dosages (surface area) 99
                    7. Summary exercises 105
                    8. Answers 111

                    ISBN: 9780702044526
                    ISBN-10: 0702044520
                    Audience: Tertiary; University or College
                    Format: Paperback
                    Language: English
                    Number Of Pages: 160
                    Published: 18th March 2011
                    Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
                    Country of Publication: GB
                    Dimensions (cm): 18.4 x 12.1  x 0.6
                    Weight (kg): 0.23
                    Edition Number: 8
                    Edition Type: Revised