Video instructions and help with filling out and completing Can Form 8815 Calculators

Instructions and Help about Can Form 8815 Calculators

Hey guys it's me today I wanted to make a video which has been requested several times from many of you subscribers about how to do pharmacology medication dosage calculations that's an integral part of any nursing program so it's a long video that I've got today this the tutorial video is over an hour long so this is not necessarily just a video to watch for entertainments sake this is more of a video that you should watch if you're looking for information on how to do dosage calculation so I thought we would dive into it but before we start I wanted to say that for drug calculations there's plenty of ways that you can do them when I started my nursing program I had to take pharmacology before I started any other nursing class that was at least one of the classes I had to take and part of the pharmacology class was the dosage calculation stuff and they taught us a way to do it called dimensional analysis that's something I had never heard of before it's something I had never been taught before so I had to kind of learn what dimensional analysis was and I have to say it's super easy once you can learn what dimensional analysis is you can set up any pharmacology dosage calculation question so to begin there's a few things you'll need to do dimensional analysis for dosage calculations um three things quickly the first thing you'll need is your workbook or some sort of pharmacology book that your class will provide you mine was this was given to us as part of our pharmacology class this was our calculations workbook it was just a printout of about 80 pages which was kind of our workbook that we had to go through and it took us step by step through everything we needed to know about dosage calculation mine was fantastic we had our pharmacology class over 16 weeks and we had the pharmacology exams but at the same time we had our dosage calculation exams which were separate we had four of them I think and we had to get 90% or better I think to to stay in the course and we could take those tests whenever we wanted as long as we were ready and of course there was a maximum deadline we had to do all the courses before a certain point so I was it was recommended to me to take as many of the dosage calculation exams as I could as quickly as possible because I wouldn't have time later on to care or to focus on the dosage stuff so every program is different yours may be different but the more you can grasp the dosage calculation stuff the better off you'll be because it's going to come up every semester throughout the nursing program that's the first part the second part part of dosage calculation is memorizing some conversions that's just inevitable you have to do it my program gave us a chart of some common conversions which we just had to commit to memory I'm studying in America so we are dealing with the metric system which is what most people in the world are dealing with and it's what the medical industry and field work with we also work with the American system of conversions and then we also have to do a little bit with the Apothecary system which is very old and unfashionable some farm pharmacists but anyway we were given that a chart of conversion with Gino I went through my tour and I am highlighted some things I didn't know most of them were conversions between the American and the metric system so you'll definitely let me see if I can zoom here you'll definitely have some kind of chart which will tell you what you need to know and that has to be converted to memory one was not that way it was mostly you know things like tablespoons to milliliters and stuff like that so you just have to that's and you'll use that throughout your career in nursing so that has to go into your brain when you excuse me when you're studying you can use that but your exams that's an integral part and the third thing you need to do is have a calculator you no need to do any of these calculations by memory or by mind or by pen and paper um a lot of times when you're doing the dosage calculations you'll have all super super big numbers to divide and so yeah you just need a calculator that's about it um next thing I wanted to mention before we jump into it and get started is that number one two things number one your conversions are super important I already said that but if you mess up on your conversions your whole answer will become wrong so you need to make sure you've got your conversions down figure out what conversions you don't know by my memory and memorize through those ones and then the last thing is significant figures a lot of times every program is different and rounding rules can be different I think we all learned rounding probably in the fourth grade or something but in nursing programs and in hospitals they may have different rounding rules so whatever your dosage calculation course tells you to do as first rounding do it and don't forget it because you can move miss so many points just by um rounding mistake and that's no cool so that's it before we get started dimensional analysis is basically just a system of putting information that you're given into a formula so that you can cancel out like figures or similar figures and arrive at the solution you're looking for it's kind of a foolproof way to input all of the information you're given and any conversions