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Meeting the mathematical demands of the safety-critical workplace: medication dosage calculation problem-solving for nursing

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This article addresses a key issue for mathematics educators preparing students for work: How should teaching, learning and assessment be designed to meet the mathematical demands of the workplace, especially when those demands are safety-critical? We explore this question through a discussion of our interdisciplinary research on numeracy for nursing, focusing in particular on the characterization and authentic assessment of competence in medication dosage calculation problem-solving, where errors can and do cause patient morbidity and mortality.

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  1. Adverse drug events (ADEs) are characterized by Bates et al. (1995, p. 29) as “an injury resulting from medical intervention related to a drug”.

  2. Work by the Reference Group towards the establishment of evidence-based criteria for the assessment of numeracy for nursing is summarized more fully in Coben et al. (2008).

  3. http://www.authenticworld.co.uk/

  4. safeMedicate is ©Authentic World Ltd.

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Coben, D., Weeks, K. Meeting the mathematical demands of the safety-critical workplace: medication dosage calculation problem-solving for nursing. Educ Stud Math 86, 253–270 (2014). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10649-014-9537-3

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Keywords

  • Numeracy
  • Nursing
  • Medication dosage calculation problem-solving
  • Drug errors, teaching
  • Learning
  • Assessment
  • Authentic