Title: Passing Calculations Tests for Nursing Students
Authors: Susan Starking and Larry Krause
Publisher: Sage Publishing
Reviewer: Jade Day, student nurse at Anglia Ruskin Chelmsford
What was it like:
This lightweight and easy to read book is another great one from Sage. It covers everything you need to know to successfully do drug calculations. It starts out with a test of your basic knowledge, then the first few chapters cover teaching skills you need to build up to drug calculations. With activities throughout to reinforce learning and summaries at the end of each chapter, it covers a lot of bases to make you take information in properly. There are also parts specifically related to the mental health and child branches of nursing.
What were the highlights?
There is a lot about this book that is great, including the companion website with extra activities, and the useful website section they out at the end of each chapter for you to further your learning. The examples and sample charts like the fluid balance chart really help you to get a feel of what it’s like to do this in the workplace. I really like the exam skills and revision tips section, as well as the little cut out and keep page with need to know calculation information.
Strengths & weaknesses:
I can’t honestly say that there’s anything wrong with this book! The only thing I could think to change is that maybe a little bit of colour could be included to break up the black and white of the text.
Who should read it?
Definitely nursing students of any branch, potential applicants for nursing, and anyone who has graduated that wants to brush up on their drug calculations skills.