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Spring 5-5-1960


This study was undertaken to ascertain mathematical weaknesses demonstrated by nursing students beginning clinical practice in a selected collegiate school of nursing. The purposes of the study were: (1) to ascertain the mathematical weaknesses of the nursing students beginning clinical practice in a selected school of nursing as demonstrated by a faculty prepared evaluation instrument, (2) to gather data which might be beneficial in planning a remedial course of basic mathematic principles for nursing students, and (3) to present data which could be used as a guide to curriculum revision. The normative survey was the method used. A diagnostic arithmetic test, prepared by an especially appointed committee of the Medical-Surgical Nursing Faculty of the collegiate school of nursing, was the tool used to gather the data. The test items covered the basic arithmetical operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Problems with fractions, decimals, percentages, ratios, and conversions from one to the other were also included. Data obtained by the study revealed the need of the students for remedial work in arithmetic. The relatively high average scores gave the impression that the class as a whole was competent in arithmetical ability; however, the arithmetical operations required in the problems were fundamentals which should have presented no difficulty to the high school graduate. Therefore, the errors which occurred pointed out specific areas of arithmetical weakness which were: (a) fractions, (b) decimals, and (c) the conversion from one form of fraction to another.