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LSU 2006 1 Nursing Mathematics: What Skills Do  Nursing Students Bring to Drug  Calculations? Roslyn Gillies Learning Skills Unit Student Support Services University of Western Sydney
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LSU 2006 2 A bit about where I come from …
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LSU 2006 4 what I do …
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LSU 2006 5 and where I do it …
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LSU 2006 6 UWS – Sydney, NSW, Australia
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LSU 2006 7 A bit about UWS … Six campuses covering entire west of Sydney 36 000 students – 32 000 undergrads Motto: ‘Bringing knowledge to life’ Emphasis on practical courses, providing  educational opportunities for students in the  region  
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LSU 2006 8 How does Nursing Mathematics fit with Ethnomathematics? Several definitions of ethnomathematics … … the study of mathematics which takes into  consideration the culture in which  mathematics arises (University of Idaho website) … the mathematical practices of identifiable  cultural groups (Ubiratan D’Ambrosio – first used in late 1960s)
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LSU 2006 9 Human activities which require some form of mathematics Architecture - construction Weaving – textiles and baskets Sewing – turning cloth/skins into clothing or shoes that fit Agriculture – calendars to mark seasons, planning for  quantity and storage, layout of gardens and fields Kinship relations Ornamentation – tilings and beadwork Spiritual and religious practices (uidaho.edu website) … and Nursing – dosage calculations!
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LSU 2006 10 Mathematical skills nurses require Computational skills fractions, decimals, percentages, ratio, measurement,  conversion between units Conceptual Skills- ability to: set up the problem for calculation apply an appropriate solution method
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LSU 2006 11 The culture and tradition of teaching drug calculation Early 1980s – Florence Nightingale’s hospital- trained apprentice system was replaced by  higher education training Occurred in countries such as: UK Canada USA Australia New Zealand
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LSU 2006 12 Impacts of this change ‘Big bang’ curriculum revolution rather  than incremental change Emphasis on intellectual and higher-  level thinking skills, problem solving Mastery of basic principles rather than  facts Less time in clinical practice situation
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LSU 2006 13 Other factors affecting drug calculation instruction Increasing student diversity Multidisciplinary nature of nursing maths (maths  applied in a nursing context) Medication calculation frequently a stressful  task performed on the ward No clear policy on whose responsibility it is to  develop and maintain nurses’ drug calculation  competence Little agreement on teaching methods
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