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Passing Calculations Tests for Nursing Students

Passing Calculations Tests for Nursing Students

Second Edition
Additional resources:

136 pages | Learning Matters
Now with a Companion Website with additional resources to provide you with extra practice and support!  

Getting medicines calculations right is often a matter of life and death. As a nursing student, you must pass calculations tests when applying to nursing school and throughout your degree. This book helps you succeed first time in medicines calculations tests. It takes the fear out of maths, even for those who find it a struggle, through clear step-by-step explanations and lively examples. The new edition contains new practice questions, scenarios from real nursing situations, tips from other students, a quick reference guide for essential calculations, and an interactive website with activities and flashcards to help you practice your skills.


Guide to the Companion Website accompanying this book
Diagnostic Assessment
Essential Numeracy Requirements for Nursing
Quantity Conversions for Nurses
Fluid Balance and Maintenance
Drug Calculations
Calculating Intravenous Rates
Calculations and Children
Exam Skills and Revision Exercises
Pull-out drug calculations guide


Companion Website
The Companion Website that accompanies this book provides students with ready-to-use learning resources to provide additional support and practice.

'This is a complete and comprehensive guide to all possible calculations required for safe medication management. It is very well laid out, presented succinctly and the tests and activities are very helpful in allowing students to access their knowledge and understanding' - Lecturer, Dublin City University

'The book is well set-out and clearly signposted so that student nurses can complete the diagnostic test and then study the chapters relevant to their individual skills needs. The case studies, scenarios and activities in each chapter give examples of each calculation and provide sufficient opportunities for skills practice. Additional information at the end of each chapter provides details of online guides and revision resources for the reader. In my opinion, this is useful for all pre-registration nursing students: for those who are unsure about their mathematical skills as well as those who are more confident' - Lecturer, Glyndwr University

'This book is really easy to read and understand. It provides excellent advice and direction for students and I have given it to students for their feedback. Feedback was really positive and they found the book very easy to use' - Lecturer, Northumbria University

'A must for all' - Lecturer, De Montfort University


We have used this text within the skills modules in years 1-3. Students particularly appreciate the examples and practice calculations.

Caroline E Gibson
Professional Lead – Nursing, Division of Nursing, Occupational Therapy and Arts Therapies, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

A very useful book which I have used with both District Nursing students and non medical prescribing students in preparation for their numeracy assessments. The individual activities attached to each chapter are very helpful for practice and revision

Mrs Debra Smith
School of Health (Burton), Wolverhampton University
May 1, 2015

Found this book useful for the first year students who were struggling with calculations.

Mrs Lorna Ashbrooke
School of Nursing - Faculty of Health and Social C, Kingston University
March 6, 2015

I use this on open days for applicants considering nursing as a career

Mrs Vanessa Heaslip
Department of Nursing, Bournemouth University
February 10, 2015

Student friendly book with easy to follow examples and well written

Mrs Pamela Holland
Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, Sheffield Hallam University
January 26, 2015

From The Outset of the programme students will be able to utilise this resource rich book to support their ongoing assessment in theory and practice of numeracy

Ms Moira McLean
Nursing and Midwifery Department (The Gateway), De Montfort University
January 23, 2015

This book provides an essential guide for students at Plymouth University who from a choice of textbooks have provided positive feedback and choice of calculations guide against other known core text. Due to the response from students we have adopted this text into the module and requested copies for the library.

Mr Matt Carey
Faculty of Health & Social Work, Univ. of Plymouth
September 24, 2014

Easy to read and understand. Very relevant to student reading requirement for the Nurse Prescribing module

Ms Jumoke Oladipupo
school of health science and social care, Brunel Univ.
September 3, 2014

This book can be helpful for students who come into nursing without a good grasp of basic numeracy. Many of our students have found such resources helpful.

Mrs Dorothy Adam
Nursing & Midwifery, The Robert Gordon University
August 8, 2014

Sample Materials & Chapters

Example scenario for addition and subtraction

Susan Starkings

Susan Starkings was Head of Skills for Learning at London South Bank University. She has been teaching for over 30 years both in FE and HE. She is a National Teaching Fellow in Mathematics & Statistics, awarded in 2006 from the HE Academy and an honorary title for life. She was also, in 2008, awarded a UCU life changer award for her work in education. Her specialty is in helping nursing, and other, students succeed in their numerical/mathematical calculations.  She now volunteers at the William Harvey Hospital, Ashford, Kent. More About Author

Larry Krause

Larry Krause was a Mathematics Lecturer in the Centre for Learning Support and Development at London South Bank University,  and has over 10 years experience of supporting nursing students in the support centre, particularly specializing in nursing calculations. More About Author