Mathematical Calculation Ability and Mathematical Anxiety of Baccalaureate Nursing Students

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Abstract

Accurate mathematical calculations are a critical skill that nurses must demonstrate in order to safely administer medications. This study was designed to investigate differences in mathematical calculation ability and mathematical anxiety for a group of baccalaureate nursing students (n=56) and a group of undergraduate students majoring in fields other than nursing (n=56). Results showed the nursing students had significantly lower mathematical skills test performance than the non-nursing students. No group differences were found for mathematical anxiety. These results are consistent with previous findings that indicate that nursing students are seriously deficient in mathematical skills. The greater deficiency in mathematical skills performance noted in the nursing group indicates that nursing education must consider more selective admission requirements related to mathematics. Mathematical calculation skills must be evaluated early in the program of study and educational opportunities to increase mathematical proficiency must be planned throughout the nursing program.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)37-39
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Nursing Education
Volume35
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1996

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Education

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