NUMERACY TEST FOR NURSES Are you planning to start job in the UK or Ireland or maybe in another Englishspeaking country? Get well prepared firstfor Your confidence, passing induction well and Your patients’ safety. Numeracy-related tasks are common in nursing profession and include understanding nutrition information, interpreting blood sugar readings and other clinical data, adjusting medications, and understanding probability in risk communication. Proper numeracy is core ability for clinical effectiveness as patient safety are at risk if inaccurate drug doses are administered. Calculations are still a significant source of drug errors ! Most of the employers particularly NHS and reputable Nursing Homes would perform numeracy and literacy written tests as a part of interview assessment for overseas nurses. Check what to expect ! ●Check your abilities in below test in order to selfevaluate your skills and decide where you should improve. ●Don’t spend more than 30 minutes doing the test. ●You may use a calculator when/if necessary. ●Don’t use any other help to obtain a reliable test result LEVEL 1: 1. Lucy works in District Hospital which is located in a distance of 2,5 km from her house. How many meters does she walk from home to the hospital ? ANSWER:……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 2. 30% of a group of 80 patients take medications orally. How many patients take medications orally? ANSWER:……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 3. 1gram (g) = 1,000 milligrams (mg). Convert 325 mg to grams. ANSWER:……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 4. Two thirds of a group of 72 patients have been visited by their families today. How many patients met their relatives today ? ANSWER:……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 5. What is the total weight of 3 parcels weighing respectively 2.3kg, 750 grams and 3 ¼ kg? ANSWER:……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 6. Mr. Fox drinks 85ml of juice out of a half a litre carton. How much juice is left? ANSWER:……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 7. Ms Farrow is prescribed 1g of Paracetamol. The strength available is 500 mg tablets. How many tablets will you administer ? ANSWER:……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 8. If 1598 of the 9400 Nurses are married, what percentage of the total is this? ANSWER:……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 9. If 1598 of the 9400 Nurses are married, how many of them are single? ANSWER:……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 10. From patient’s liquid balance:.. 280 milliliters – convert to litres: ANSWER:……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 11. 7.5 mg of Enalapril is prescribed and the dose in each tablet is 1.25 mg. How many tablets should be given? ANSWER:……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 12. A child weighing 24 kg requires Epilim at a dose of 20 mg per kg. How much should be given? ANSWER:……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 13. How many milligrams is 646 micrograms? ANSWER:……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 14. Karen has to perform an injection to the patient who is prescribed Phenytoin IV 350 mg. The injection she has is 20mg in 5ml. What volume will she draw up? ANSWER:……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 15. Mr Steward is prescribed 3 tablets to be taken 4 times daily for a week. How many tablets should he been dispensed in total ? ANSWER:……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 16. The changes of Mr Kelly’s temperature over four days were registered as 1.2 o C, 2.5oC, 1.1oC, and 2.4oC. Find the mean ( average) change in his temperature over the four days ? ANSWER:……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 17. George Clarks 72-year-old patient is prescribed Aminophylline 170mg I.V. The ampoules available contain 250mg in 10mL. What volume of the drug do you need to administer ? ANSWER:……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 18. There are 940 nurses employed by NHS Trust. The employment of nurses is planned to be increased by 12 % next year. How many new nurses will be hired by the NHS Trust next year? ANSWER:……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 19. Last Monday there were 43 patients at the oncology ward, 14 new patients have been admitted since then, 3 patients have been transferred to other wards, one of the patients passed away and 8 patients have been released home since then. How many patients are there currently at the oncology ward? ANSWER:……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 20. Calculate 7/8 out of 320 millilitres. ANSWER:……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 21. The Nursing Home of 88 beds records mortality ratio of 12.5 % annually. How many residents passes away annually ? ANSWER:……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 22. A patient’s weight ‘s 55 kg and he’s prescribed 5 mg/kg of drug XXX. How many mgs will you administer ? ANSWER:……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 23. 42 % of 69 residents dislike porridge for breakfast. How many of them would you serve toasts or scrambled eggs? ANSWER:……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 24. A patient is prescribed 20000 units of Heparin subcutaneously. How many mls will you administer if the strength available is 25000 units/1ml. ANSWER:……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 25. A salt solution in made of 6.5 grams of table salt in 500 milliliters of water. How much salt is needed to make a salt solution with 200 ml of water? ANSWER:……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 26. A patient prescribed Codeine Phosphate 40 mgs, the strength available is 25mgs in 5 mls. How many mls will you administer ? ANSWER:……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 27. A patient is administered eye drops every 300 minutes. How many hours does it mean? ANSWER:……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 28. Patient’s weight is 150 lb. What is his weight in kilograms? ANSWER:……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 29. 5,000 mcg -convert to mg. ANSWER:……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 30. A patient is prescribed 120mg of lignocaine. How many mls are required if 2% lignocaine is used? ANSWER:……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. NUMERACY TEST RESULTS HAVE YOU DONE “ NUMERACY TEST FOR NURSES”? CHECK THE RESULTS: 1. 2500m 7. 2. 24 patients 8. 2 tablets 17% 3. 0.325 g 9. 7 802 4. 48 patients 10. 0,28 l 5. 6.3 kg 11. 6. 415 ml 12. 6 tablets 480 mg 13 . 14 . 15 . 16 . 17 . 18 . 0,646m g 87,5 ml 19. 45 25. 2,6 g 20. 280 ml 26. 8 ml 84 21. 11 27. 5h 1.8oC 22. 275 mg 28. 67,95 kg 6,8 ml 23. 29 29. 5 mg 113 24. 0,8 ml 30. 6000 ml