Dosage Calculations

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Classroom tested and reviewed, the second Canadian edition draws upon the strengths of a successful first Canadian edition and eight US editions that have together helped over 600,000 faculty and students allay math anxiety and more confidently perform accurate calculations. This text is directed at the student or professional who feels uncomfortable with mathematics and wants to improve their ability to perform accurate drug dosage calculations.As a pioneer Canadian text in the topic of medication calculations, the authors have transcended provincial practices to provide a nation-wide perspective on dosage calculations. The International System (SI) of units is used almost exclusively and medication dosages and drug labels have been vetted with the current Canadian drug data base, so that you, as a beginning professional, will be able to recognize and interpret drug labels and dosages. The importance of avoiding medication errors is also highlighted by the incorporation of applied critical thinking skills, to prepare you for real-life nursing practice situations.This winning combination of Canadian labels, life-size photos and an easy-to-follow three-Step approach to Dosage Calculations, makes this text is a must-have for all Canadian nursing students.
 

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Contents

Measurement Systems Drug Orders and Drug Labels
87
Drug Dosage Calculations
147
Advanced Calculations
311
Essential Skills Evaluation
421
Comprehensive Skills Evaluation
437
Answers
451
Systems of Measurement
525
Apothecary System of Measurement
527
Common Household Units Abbreviations and their Equivalents
529
Units of Measurement for Temperature
530
Index
533
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About the author (2011)

Gloria D. Pickar, R.N., Ed.D. is President and Chief Academic Officer of Compass Knowledge Group in Orlando, Florida. She is a former Academic Dean at Seminole State College in Sanford, Florida, and is among our most successful Delmar authors. In addition to nine editions of DOSAGE CALCULATIONS, the most popular dosage calculation book on the market, she wrote Dosage Calculations: A Ratio Proportion Approach, 3rd Edition.

Hope Graham completed her Master of Nursing degree at Dalhousie University in 1985. She has worked in Sierra Leone and in Canada's Arctic where she planned and coordinated immunization clinics, under-five clinics and well women clinics. She lived in Haiti for 13 weeks as part of her undergraduate degree program, an experience that included a half trimester of study while living with a national family, and a half trimester of nursing on La Gonave Island. Hope volunteered for ten years as an RN and member of the Medical Advisory Committee at the Red Door (a charitable Adolescent Health and Support Centre) in Kentville, NS. Hope is an Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, NS. She is also a licensed glider pilot instructor and Chair of the Bluenose Soaring Club in Stanley, NS.

Beth Swart A professor at Ryerson since 1972, Beth is involved in curriculum development in the post RN program and the four-year Ryerson, Centennial, George Brown Collaborative Nursing Degree Program. Beth is course leader for the Pathophysiology and Acute and Traumatic Conditions courses in the collaborative program and the Epidemiology and Acute and Traumatic Conditions courses in the post diploma program. As course leader, two primary responsibilities are to ensure quality course delivery and academic integrity. Beth is a leader in creating and using innovative teaching strategies. She was the first to create and facilitate online course delivery as well as develop and teach a hybrid course. She was also the leader in using Personal Response System (clickers) technology in the classroom. Beth is active in publishing. She has written and contributed to articles for Canadian Nurse, has edited two textbooks and written two chapters for a fundamentals book. She has also contributed extensively in providing peer reviews for numerous textbooks. Beth is engaged in two funded pilot research projects as Principle Investigator. As well, in collaboration with the Post diploma team, she is involved in the RPN to BScN pilot project, funded by MOHLTC. Most recently, Beth is involved in Ryerson University/Ontario Telemedicine Joint Collaborative 30 Month Post-Diploma Program for Registered Nurses, a delivery modality to reach small and rural communities.

Margaret Swedish is based at MacEwan in Edmonton and has taught the Dosage Calculations course for over 10 years.

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