Calculation of Dosages and Solution Rates Using Ratio and Proportion

About the Course:
This course is designed to challenge the knowledge and skills of registered nurses who are responsible for calculating and adding medications to IV solutions. This course is especially good for nurses who may be returning to an acute care setting or nurses who have not been responsible for drug calculations for a while and now are responsible for accurately making such calculations.

Learning Objectives:
After completing this course, the learner will be able to:
  • Perform basic arithmetic calculations.
  • Relate the equivalents for a household measurement system.
  • Relate the equivalents for the apothecaries system.
  • Relate the equivalents for the metric system.
  • Convert among the systems of measurement.
  • Accurately calculate oral, parenteral and intravenous dosages using ratio and proportion, including for pediatric dosages that are based on body weight.
About the Author:
Alene Burke, MSN, RN, is the owner of Alene Burke and Associates, a company that she established in 1998 with the goal of the development, design, and production of competency and educational activities. She is an education consultant, speaker, website owner, author and legal consultant with extensive experience in diverse fields within the medical and healthcare industries. Ms. Burke has achieved many successes in her consulting and production business and her research has been published in multiple peer-reviewed journals. She received her Master of Science in Nursing Administration and Nursing Education from the University of the State of New York and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Adelphi University.

How to receive credit:
  • A minimum test score of 75 percent is needed to obtain a credit.