Why is the Knowledge of Mathematics Imperative for Nursing Students? Because people’s lives are at stake!
Mathematics helps nursing students develop their critical thinking skills.
Mathematics teaches us how to define concepts and construct logical arguments.
As critical thinkers we should strive to be clear, accurate, precise, logical, complete, significant and fair when we listen, speak, read and write.
As nurses, we need to think deeply and broadly and not focus on the trivial or irrelevant. We need to eliminate irrelevant, inconsistent and illogical thoughts as we reason about client care.
We will be relied upon to use the appropriate knowledge and skilled judgments we acquire in our training, to protect the lives of our patients.
“The most important practical lesson that can be given to nurses is to teach them what to observe—how to observe—what symptoms indicate improvement—what the reverse—which are of importance—which are of none—which are the evidence of neglect—and of what kind of neglect. All this is what ought to make part, and an essential part, of the training of every nurse.” Florence Nightingale, “Notes on Nursing” (1860). “Founder of Modern Nursing” Florence Nightingale, 1820-1910.
Mathematics is everywhere in your everyday nursing practice! Checking vital signs:
Mathematics is literally everywhere in the Hospital!
Life or death? Sometimes it comes down to knowing your numbers! September 2006: Six premature babies were given an overdose of Heparin at an Indiana Hospital. The preemies were administered a 10,000 unit dose instead of 10 units. Two of the six babies died within hours, one was transferred to another hospital and died two days later, three survived the overdose.
November 2007: The twins born to Hollywood actor, Dennis Quaid, and his wife Kimberly were given an overdose of Heparin at Cedar-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. At only 12 days old, the twins were administered a 1,000 unit dose instead of the 10 units prescribed. “Fighting for life.”
July 2008: A dozen premature babies were overdosed with Heparin at a Hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas. Two of the babies died in that instance.