Medication calculation skills of the medical-surgical nurse

Medsurg Nurs. 1997 Apr;6(2):90-4.


Medication administration is one of the most time-consuming aspects of nursing practice. Expertise in medication calculation and administration is essential to the treatment of all patients; however, many nurses experience difficulty when calculating medications. In this study, 56.4% of nurses could not calculate medications correctly in 90% of the problems, suggesting the need for regular self-testing of medication calculation skills. Continuing education programs implemented for identified medication calculation errors influences nursing practice and patient care outcomes.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Clinical Competence*
  • Drug Therapy / nursing*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Mathematics*
  • Middle Aged
  • Nursing Evaluation Research
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital / education*
  • Perioperative Nursing / education*