TEMPLE UNIVERSITY
DEPARTMENT OF NURSING
DOSAGE CALCULATION PACKET
Juniors Fall 2014
2014

Directions for Dosage Calculation Preparation NUR 3789
Introduction
The “
Dosage Calculation Study Packet for Juniors 2013
is designed to assist students in preparing for the safe
administration of medications in NUR 3689/3789.
The study packet provides an opportunity for students to
engage in self-evaluation of their basic dosage calculation skills and builds upon those skills in the
development of advanced pediatric and IV medication administration skills.
Directions
Students should carefully review and complete all practice problems in the Pickar* textbook.
Students
should also complete the Oral/Parenteral/IV Dosages Worksheets included in the packet and the practice
tests.
The practice tests closely resemble the dosage calculation test that will be given.
In addition, it is
important to memorize the common abbreviations used when administering medications.
Objectives
1.
Perform the basic mathematical computations essential for calculating drug dosages.
2.
Recognize and recall the basic systems of measurement used to calculate dosages (to include metric
and household
equivalents). Note: apothecary measurements/conversions will not be tested
.
3.
Convert between and within systems of measurement.
4.
Read and interpret medication orders; including abbreviations and symbols.
5.
Calculate oral/parenteral dosages of medications utilizing the equation Desire/Have x Quantity.
6.
Compute the amount of drug to be administered per kilogram of body weight.
7.
Calculate safe dosage ranges for Pediatric dosages.
8.
Differentiate between varying directions for reconstitution and select the most appropriate
concentration for the dosage ordered.
9.
Perform calculations relevant to intravenous solutions and piggyback medications.
Required Textbook
*Pickar, Gloria.
(2013).
Dosage Calculations
(9
th
ed.). New York: Delmar.ISBN-13:973-1-4180-8047-1
Chapter
Content_________
Chapter 10
Oral Dosages of Drugs
Chapter 11
Parenteral Dosages of Drugs
Chapter 12
Reconstitution
of Solutions
Chapter 14
Pediatric and Adult Dosages based on Body Weight
Chapter 15
Intravenous Solutions and Calculations
Chapter 16 (pp. 411-420)
Advanced Pediatric Calculations
Chapter 17 (pp. 427-432)
Advanced Adult IV Calculations (Heparin)
Dosage Calculation Competency Policy:
The Dosage Calculation Progression Policy has been approved for implementation fall 2010. The
policy requires students entering Nursing 3789 to verify competency by achieving a 100% in
dosage calculation by taking a ten-point exam.
This exam will include oral dosages, parenteral
dosages, including more advanced reconstitution problems, pediatric safe dose (mg/kg), and
Heparin drips.
The exam will be graded immediately and the student will have one opportunity to
correct any problems missed within a timeframe defined by the faculty.
If 100% is not achieved on
the exam, the student must schedule a remediation session with faculty and take the dosage exam
for the second time. It must be passed with 100% accuracy.
The exam will be graded immediately

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